Maharashtra is among the post popular states in India that attract tourists around the year from both the country as well as the world. Tourism in the state range from religious to adventure travel, and has many destinations that are worth visiting many times over. Maharashtra is among the most wealthy regions of the country and is famous both for its vast range of industries and as the entertainment hub of the country. The interesting confluence of culture and art in the state comes naturally from the colourful history that the region experienced under various dynasties from the early Mauryan empire to the strong Maratha rule.
As you read about the fascinating history and power struggles that shaped the state, what comes to notice is that much of this can be experienced even today! Flummoxed? We are referring to the icons of political movement in the state, the magnificent and strategic forts that can be found dotting the landscape of Maharashtra. The state has more forts than any other region in the country! Many of them are hill forts, some situated on islands in the sea, but all of them have a fascinating story to tell; of military strategy, valour and power. Here is a look at 20 marvellous forts in Maharashtra that are places you must visit when travelling to the state. They truly are places where time has stopped and you can step into the past!
The Ahmednagar Sultanate's Headquarters was located at this fort.
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A fort that is now nature's home.
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Built by the Siddis, the Belapur Fort is located in Belapur, Navi Mumbai.
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The immensely fortified Gawilgarh Fort of the Maratha Empire.
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A rather interesting fort where the trade of horses used to take place between the Portuguese and the Arabs, earning the fort its name.
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Nestled amidst the hills, the Jaigad Fort has scenic vies of the Bay of Shastri River.
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The fort at sea, Murud-Janjira is among the most popular forts in Maharashtra. It has the status of being an undefeated fort despite several attacks.
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Situated within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, the Karnala Fort has origins in the 1400 AD.
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Korigad Fort is situated at a short distance of 20 km from the popular hill station Lonavla in Maharashtra.
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Kolaba Fort is situated on the shores of popular beach destination Alibaug.
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Among the many hill forts in Maharashtra, the Lohagad Fort has an elevation of 1,033 mt.
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Madangad Fort, a stark setting against the azure sky.
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Madh or Versova Fort
The Madh Fort situated on a small island was built by the British in the 17th century.
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Named after the God Malhari, the fort is the last one to be built by the Maratha Empire.
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The fort name translates to 'the home of serpents' and is strategically placed in the Sahyadri mountains.
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Important in history as the site of the Battle of Pratapgad, the beautiful fort is now a popular tourist attraction in the state.
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The beautiful construction of Purandar Fort.
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The hill fortress of Maratha King Shivaji.
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The royal fort of Rajgad was the first fort to be conquered by the Maratha King Shivaji.
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The stunning views provided by Rajmachi Fort situated in the Sahyadri Mountains. It is well-known as a trekking destination.
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