Some Must-visit Incredible Forts In Maharashtra That Deserve Your Attention
Maharashtra is home to numerous ancient forts that will baffle you with their captivating beauty, tales of bravery, and grandeur.
Typically, we do not recognize Maharashtra as the land of forts, but the truth is that the state is home to several notable historical forts with picturesque views, mind-boggling history, and brilliant architecture. Maharashtra was ruled by both the Marathas and the Mughals. There are more than 350 forts in the state, and each one tells a unique story about how two different dynasties ruled Maharashtra, fought battles, and left behind architectural marvels to be admired for centuries to come. If you are planning your next vacation to Maharashtra, consider visiting these incredible forts.
Korigad Fort, Aamby Valley City
To reach the Korigad Fort, you have to undertake an easy and fun trek. Many young trekkers visit the Aamby valley during the monsoon. This fort from the 15th century is known for its elegance—standing at 929 meters—it offers a spectacular view from the top. The Korigad Fort boasts the splendor of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s legacy and reign.
Rajmachi Fort, Pune
The Rajmachi Fort is surrounded by several deep gorges, valleys, rustic and quaint villages, and serene waterfalls. If you love nature or are a photographer or painter, this stunning trail to the fort will offer a burst of inspiration. But there is more than just the trail, wait till you stumble upon the two secured peaks – Manaranjan and Shrivardhan.
Sindhudurg Fort, Malvan
Built by the valiant Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Sindhudurg Fort is a popular tourist attraction. The name of the fort literally translates to: a castle erected on the ocean floor. The stunning fort was constructed by over 100 Portuguese architects, with the help of thousands of native Indian craftsmen and workers whose fine artistry can be witnessed on the pillars and walls of the fort. This sea fort was constructed by the Marathas to protect their empire from foreign invaders, who often traveled by sea.
Vijaydurg Fort, Sindhudurg coast
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj had raised the saffron flag on two forts, and the fort at Vijaydurg is one of them. It is identified as one of the oldest fortified structures on the Sindhudurg coast. It is often referred to as the ‘Victory Fort’ to symbolize the triumphs of the Marathas against their foes.
Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
The Shaniwarwada Fort was constructed by the Peshwas of Maharashtra. Unfortunately, the fort is in ruins owing to numerous military attacks and an unexplained fire tragedy in 1828. There is also an interesting rumor that suggests Peshwa Narayanrao's ghost haunts the fort, adding a veil of mystery over the reputation of the fort.
Maharashtra is an exciting land for every traveler who loves exploring forts, and ancient ruins and admires Indian art, culture, and history.