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Top 12 Best Forts In Maharashtra

Maharashtra is a state in India, surrounded by Shayadri Mountains therefore there are many best forts in Maharashtra. The first image that comes to mind when you mention Maharashtra is of forts. There are 350 or more forts in Maharashtra and though some are not in great condition, many of these are as strong as ever. These are located on top of mountains and have a magnificent architecture and topography.

Shivneri fort birth place of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj | Bhatkanti Holidays

Shivneri Fort is located in the Junnar city of Pune district of Maharashtra. This fort is known as the birthplace of the Maratha Empire founder and king (राजे) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort was said to be built by Shahaji Raje to protect his son Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and his wife Veermata Jijabai. The fort, if watched from above, looks like a triangular shape where its entry gate is towards the south-west.

It was difficult to climb earlier but now your own vehicle goes to the parking of the fort which takes you approx 5 mins to reach the main gate of the fort. Shivneri killa is the fort where Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj Spent his childhood and also was trained by many techniques to Tackle the enemies. There are two statues on the fort, one of Veermata Jijabai and another one is of Chhatrapati Shivaji raje. The fort also has a temple of Shivai devi. The name Shivaji was given from the name of this goddess. The middle of the fort has a small lake called Badami Talav. There are also 2 Water tanks on the fort which is said to be the Ganga and Yamuna where the tank has water inside it throughout the year (Read More)

Raigad fort in Maharashtra Capital of Maratha Empire| Bhatkanti Holidays

Raigad fort is located near Mahad in the Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most important forts as well as the capital of all the Forts of Maratha Empire. The fort was build by Hiroji Indulkar, chief architect of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The hill fort is located in the Sahyadris mountains. Raigad Killa has only one access to the fort through the main gate climbing from the steps as the other side of the forts has a deep valley. This fort is not only a historic place but also a Pilgrimage temple. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is worshiped as a God In Maharashtra and there is a Samadhi of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj on the fort. There is also a Statue of his loyal dog named Wagya on the fort (Read More)

Pratapgad fort know for a historic battlle | Bhatkanti Holidays

Pratapgad fort is located in the Satara district Of Maharashtra. It is nearby to one of the famous hill Stations Mahabaleshwar. The fort was build by Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj. when he was Expanding his Empire toward Vijapur. There are Two forts, upper fort and lower fort build here at Pratapgad killa. The upper fort is build on the crest of the hill toward the Norwest. There are many permanent buildings on the upper fort including the God Mahadev’s Temple. The Lower fort is built towards the Southwest end which has towers and bastions ten to twelve meters high to keep and watch on enemies. As it was not possible for Shivaji Maharaj to visit the goddess Tuljabhavani of Tuljapur, So he constructed a small temple of Tuljabhavani on the fort (Read More)

Sinhagad Fort also know as kondana fort | Bhatkanti Holidays

Sinhagad fort was earlier known as Kondana fort. It is Located near the Pune district in Maharashtra. The fort is also on the famous fort in Maharashtra which has a great history of Tanaji Malusare. The fort was captured by Tanaji Malusare and his brother. Sinhagad fort was strategically built to provide natural protection from the enemies due to its very steep slopes. The walls of the forts and bastions were constructed only at key places. There are two gates to enter the fort named Kalyan Darwaja and Pune Darwaza. The Kalyan Darwaja is towards the southeast while the Pune Darwaza is towards north east. This fort is also called as center fort of Maratha empire as it is surrounded by many forts beside. During the clear climate you can see Rajgad, Purandar and Torna forts from the Sinhagad killa (Read More)

Murud janjira fort marvellous spectacle fort in the sea.| Bhatkanti Holidays

Murud Janjira fort is an island fort located near Murud in Raigad district of Maharashtra. It is situated on the oval shaped rock in the Arabain Sea. The fort’s main gate faces toward the Rajapuri jetty and it can only see when one will get close to the fort. The other gate of the fort is called “Darya Darwaza” which opens into the sea and was used in an emergency situation to escape from the fort. fort’s main attractions are the three colossal cannons called Kalal Bangadi, Chavri and Landa Kasam. There is also a small lake in the middle of the fort.

Janjira fort is one of the major tourist attractions for the people near Mumbai and Pune. Best time to visit Murud Janjira fort is from October to March. To reach the fort one has to catch a jetty from the Rajapuri seashore which costs around approx. 60Rs per person which will take you near the gate of the fort. If anyone wants to explore and know in detail Janjira fort history one can hire a guide on the fort. The guide will make you explore all the points explaining each information about the point and they will also tell you the history of Janjira fort. Murud janjira beach is the nearby beach to the fort from where the fort is visible and after visiting the fort one can enjoy with their family and friends in the evening on the beach ....(Read More)

Sindhudurg fort an island fort located in Maharashtra | Bhatkanti Holidays

Sindhudurg fort is an island fort located in the Arabain sea on the seashore of Malvan in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.This fort was built by the Great Maratha king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The fort has a huge wall around the fort and the fort spreads in around 48 acres. The walls of the fort stand 30 feet high making it impossible for the enemies to enter as well as to protect the fort from Sea waves. The main entrance gate of the fort is not visible from a long distance or any seashore. One can get the view of the gate by entering close to the fort. There is a small temple of Shivaji Maharaj inside the fort.

The Sindhurug fort is the major Tourist destination for the people visiting Konkon. Best time to visit Sindhudurg fort is from October to March. The timing to visit the fort is from 9am to 6pm. As the fort is built inside the water you need to take a boat or ferry from Dandi beach or Malvan beach which takes approx. 10-15 mins to reach the fort ....(Read More)

Lohagad Fort Lonavala | Lohagad Fort trek a major trekking destination

Lohagad fort is located near the Famous hill station of Lonavala in Maharashtra State. The fort is considered as the neighbourhood of Visapur fort. Lohagad killa has four entrance gates which are Ganesh Darwaja, Narayan Darwaja, Hanuma Darwaja and Maha Darwaja from the nearby village. There are beautiful sculptures carved on the Maha Darwaja. Major attraction and the most famous spot is Vinchu Kata, a range of hills that looks like Capricorn. One can get a beautiful view of Pawna Lake from the top of the fort. There are also many reverse waterfalls in monsoon near the fort.

The Lohagad Fort trek is one of the major trekking destinations for the people near Mumbai and Pune . It has steps to climb the fort and there are many waterfalls near the fort during monsoon. It is visited by many tourists in the monsoon as well as in winters. Best time to visit Lohagad fort is from June to March. Malavli is the base of the lohagad trek, which is around 7 km from the fort. Lohagad waterfall is also one of the famous tourist destination in monsoon near Mumbai.It is a simple, very scenic and pleasant trek and the distance from Malavli to Lohagad fort Lonavala can be covered in 1 hour 30 mins ....(Read More)

Visapur fort Lonavala| Visapur fort best moonson trekking destination

Visapur fort is located near Lonavala hill station near Maharashtra State. The fort is well connected with Lohagad fort. The fort is at the height of 1084 meters above sea level. Within the fort there are caves, cisterns of water, a decorated arch and an old house. There are two roofless buildings surrounded by outer walls which were once said to be government offices. There is also a stone built house which was once used by Peshwas as a palace to live. The fort also has a carving of Hanuman as well as there are many temples build on the fort. There is also a “Well” in the middle of the fort which was once build by Pandavas.

Best time to visit Visapur fort is between June to February. But most of the tourists visit this fort in monsoon. Visapur fort trek is known as one of the best trekking destinations in monsoon. Many tourists visit during the monsoon to enjoy the natural beauty of this fort. Visapur waterfall and the water following from the steps of the fort is one of beautiful treats to watch. The fort is fully covered with the clouds in the monsoon and the view of Pawna lake from above the fort is an eye-catching moment for the visitors. The Visapur trek is not much difficult but beginners may find it difficult to climb as there is slipper during monsoon ....(Read More)

Panhala fort one of recorganised forts in Maharashtra| Bhatkanti Holidays

Panhala Fort, one of the recognised forts of Maharashtra is also known as Panhalgad, Panhalla or Panalla.the word means “the house of the serpents”.The Fort has many famous Chapters in history. Panhala fort was build by Raja bhoja-2 in between the year 1178 and 1209. The one of the famous battles of Pawan khind fought by Bajiparbhu deshpande was fought in the Pawan khind near this fort. The fort was earlier captured by Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1659 after the death of bijapur general Afzal khan. But In May 1660 Adilshah-2 sent his commander Siddhi johar with a huge army to siege the fort from Shivaji.
The Fight between the Mughals and Maratha’s for almost 5 months and in the battle the Shivaji raje was almost on the verge of being captured. The Trusted commander of Shivaji Maharaj, baji prabhu deshpande suggested Shivaji Maharaj to escape from the fought to Vishalgad in the night while Shiva Kashid who looked just like Shivaji Maharaj with Bajiprabhu and few 300 Maratha (mawle) will fight in the valley of Pawan kind. Bajiprabhu also said Shivaji Maharaj once reached the Vishalgad fort just to fire a cannon once he reached the fort for his safety. The fort was again recaptured by Shivaji Maharaj from Adilshah in 1673. Later the fort was under.......(READ MORE)

Purandar fort birth place of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj

Purandar Fort also called Purandar Fort signifies the rise of Shivaji Maharaj against Adil Shahi Bijapur Sultanate and the Mughals. It is among one of the famous tourist attractions in Pune, Maharashtra, India.It is believed to be the place where Shivaji Maharaj’s son Sambhaji Maharaj was born. Situated about 50 kilometres away from Pune, the Purandar Fort is one of the few forts in Maharashtra that has two levels within its premises. The upper level is called the Balekilla, while the lower one is known as Machi. At the site of Balekilla, there is a big gate called the Dilli .....(READ MORE)

Tikona fort also known as triangular fort | Bhatkanti Holidays

Tikona fort also known as Vitangad is a hill fort in Maval in the western India. The fort is of pyramid shape and tikona means “triangular”.The fort was capture by Shivaji Maharaj in 1657 when Maharaj brought the whole Konkan which was Nizam’s territory. The Deshmukhs from Maval region were incharge of the security of the fort. It was under the Dhamale Deshmukh family for a long time. The fort was again captureby the Mughals in 1665 under the commander Kubad khan who attacked the locals....(READ MORE)

Torna fort a major trekking desitation in Maharashtra | Bhatkanti Holidays

Torna fort is located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. This is the first fort conquered by the great Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1647 when he was 16 year old. The fort has its special image as it was the fort from where the Maratha Emperor started its emergence in Maharashtra. This fort is about 1403 ft above the sea level making this fort one of the highest forts in the district. This fort is constructed by the Shaiva Panth, followers of the Hindu god Shiva, in the 13th century. The Fort was Capture by......(READ MORE)