Top 11 Must Visit forts in Maharastra

A Never ending chain of charming castles with rich histories can be found littered throughout every region of India.

As the battleground for many wars, Maharashtra has more than 200 beautiful forts.

Maharashtra is a place of warriors, this state has many stunning forts. A holiday tour of these historical monuments is a great way to unleash the history of Maharashtra and India.

Check out our list of  11 of the most beautiful forts of Maharastra which of them are yet to be discovered by travelers.

1. Daulatabad Fort

Daulatabad fort is located in Aurangabad, and also known as Devagiri.  It was built by Yadav king Bhilan in 1187 and considered as 7 wonders of Maharashtra.

Distance from Aurangabad – 16 km

Historical Importance – It remains undefeated in Battle

Travel Tip – Carry camera to snap the beautiful architecture of the fort, and do not forget to carry full covered clothes

2. Harihar Fort

Harihar fort also was known as Harshagad, the main aim to build this fort is to take a close look at trade route through Gonda Ghat of Nasik.

Distance from Nasik – 48 km

Travel Tip – It takes more than hours of a complete tour of Harihar Fort, so take necessary things before starting the trek.

3. Janjira Fort –

This fort is situated near the coastal village of Murud and often named as Murud -Janjira Fort. It was built by Malik Ambar in the late 17th century, who belongs to  Nizamshahi dynasty. The fort of Janjira is spread over an area of 22 acres and it remained unconquered by any of the kings.

Tourist Attraction – 3 gigantic cannons (Kalalbangdi, Chavri and Landa Kasam), which are known for its shooting range is a worth to watch in Janjira Fort.

Historical Importance – Janjira is one of the strongest marine forts in India

4. karnala fort

Karnala is a hill fort located in a 10 km distance from Panvel city.  It consists 2 forts one in higher level(125 feet) and one in lower level. the main attraction of Karnala fort is the inscription which is written in Marathi and Persian language. Visitors can also enjoy the breathtaking views of other forts from the top of this fort.

Things to do – Hiking, Trekking, sightseeing

Travel Tip – While trekking, do not forget the presence of Honey bees.

5. Panhala Fort

Panahala fort also known as pahlangad, it was built in 1209 by Shilahara ruler Bhoja II. Panhalgad is one of the largest forts in the Deccan. The Architecture of this fort is inspired from Bijapur architecture. This fort is best known for its association with Shivaji. Shivaji spends more than 500 days in this place.

Distance from Kolhapur – 18 km

Tourist Attraction – Underground Tunnels, the longest tunnel runs almost 1 km.

6. Purandar Fort

Purandar fort is a birthplace of famous Maratha king Sambhaji Raje Bhosale.  It is located 4472 feet above the sea level and constructed on the Indraneel Parvat. This fort is also considered as highest forts in Maharashtra.

Distance from Pune – 50 km

Tourist Attraction – Narayaneshwar temple

Travel Tip – Try to reach before 4 PM, because in evening this area is also used for the training of Army jawans.

7. Raigad Fort

Raigad, a capital of famous Maratha warrior Chhatrapati Shivaji. It is a place where the strong winds will buffet you and the valleys will mesmerize you with its scenic view. Raigad fort is also known as “king of forts”.

Location – Sahyadri mountain range Raigarh

Distance  from Pune – 131 km

Tourist Attraction & Things to do in Raigarh Fort –

Ropeway, trekking, sightseeing, wadaTakmak Point, Hirkani Point, Jagdishwar Temple.

8. ShaniWada Fort –

A Palace of Peshwa rulers of the Maratha kingdom, It is one of the best Marathi imperial architecture, This mansion is one of the personal residences of  Peshwa Baji Rao. It has 5 gates with a lotus shape fountain along with  Palaces. Shaniwarwada is also famous for its horror stories in present time, and also listed on the list of haunted forts of India.

Entrance Fees – 5 Rs

Distance from Mumbai- 149 km

Tourist Attraction – Architecture, Maratha Mandir, gardens

9. Sindhudurg fort

Sindhudurg is a coastal fort located Konkan region of Maharashtra, it is one of the best fort built by Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji. Shivaji built this fort to counteract the increasing influence of foreign merchants and invaders. The construction of Sindhu Durga fort was completed in the year of 1664. It is spread over an area of 48 acres.

Best Time To visit – October to March

Tourist Attraction – Bhavani Temple, Shivaji temple,  water wells, underground tunnels

10. Torna Fort

Torna fort has its own historical importance in Maratha History, this is the first fort which was captured by Shivaji at the age of 16. This is largest and highest hill fort in Pune and also known as Prachandagad.

Distance from Pune- 50 km

Things to do – Trekking, sightseeing, camping

Tourist Attraction – Kothi Darwaja, Bini Darwaja, Hanuman Bastion, Zunjar Machi etc.

Travel Tip – Carry water and food.

11. Vasai fort

Once a prized asset which now turns into ‘city of ruins’. Once it was believed that a king who ruled Vasai fort can rule the entire Maharashtra region.  Vasai or Bassein fort was originally built by Portuguese in 1536, and now it is protected under ASI. This fort is surrounded by the sea from 3 sides, which makes it sightseeing place as well.

Area – 110 acre

Attraction – churches

Best Time to visit – October to march

Recommended For You – Top 15 majestic forts of India which will make you experience the glorious past of India.

All of the above forts have its own historical importance, some of them are running by the time. A historical tour of these forts of India will surely keep you closer to the cultural heritage of India.

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