Forts in Maharashtra, numbering around 350, are the sentinels
of time. Built by the great warrior leader Shivaji of the
Maratha Empire, these forts in Maharashtra have witnessed
the rise and fall of dynasties, the struggle of independence,
the vitality of the post independence era. They still stand
tall, protecting the cities that were built within the fort
walls and now are expanding outwards, from the unknown perpetrators
that may strike from the otherwise placid shores.
Whether it is the island fort of Murud-Janjira or the Bassein
(Portuguese) Fort guarding the sea, whether it is the Raigad
Fort set on the Sahyadri Hills or the city fort of Panhala,
all forts are unique in their architecture and common in their
function. You can explore Maharashtra by way of its forts
that will have you gloating with pride, on your tour to the
forts in Maharashtra with the specialized tour packages for
forts in Maharashtra offered by Tourism in Central India.
Forts in Maharashtra that you ought to visit on your tour:
Bassein Fort in Maharashtra
A Portuguese stronghold till 1739 when the Marathas took
over, Bassein Fort is a place you should not miss on your
tour of forts in Maharashtra. Standing guard over the Arabian
Sea, for centuries it has overlooked the Bassein Beach that
thrives as a popular tourist destination and was once an important
shipbuilding site. You can also visit the temples (Vajreshwari
Temple) and churches that have survived the beatings of time.
Also of historical significance is the capital of Konkan,
now a small village near Bassein called Nalasopora. Bassein's
wide beaches lined with palm groves, Akoli Hot Springs, and
fort ruins resemble the Goan coastline to a large extent and
is the perfect place to relax.
Murud Janjira Fort in Maharashtra
The island fort of Murud Janjira is a famous architectural
heritage from a lesser-known dynasty that has stood unconquered
for centuries. A symbol of the Siddi dynasty from Janjira
that stood strong against the British and Maratha Empires,
there are number of tourists attractions present at Murud
Janjira. From the beaches at Nandgaon (Ganapati Temple) and
Kashid to the Palace of the Nawabs and Janjira caves, you
can see them all on your tour to Murud Janjira Fort in Maharashtra.
Panhala Fort in Maharashtra
A popular hill station destination, Panhala is also famous
for its Panhala Fort that was host to Shivaji and his entourage
during the height of his glory. There are number of sites
for you to see on your tour to the Panhala Fort in Maharashtra
such as the Ambabai Temple, Sajja Kothi, Pavankhind and Amberkhana.
Besides the fort, there are numerous panoramic pints where
you can picnic or go for walks in the evening on your tour
to Forts in Maharashtra.
Raigad Fort in Maharashtra
The 14th century capital of the Marathas, Raigad fort is
strategically built in such a way that its three sides could
not be accessed even if attacked by the powerful armed forces.
It was here that he crowned him self as Chhatrapatti Shivaji.
Other tourist attractions around the Raigad fort in Maharashtra
are the Gangasagar Lake and the Jagadishwar Temple.
Vijaydurg-Sindhudurg Forts in Maharashtra
The Forts at Vijaydurg and Sindhudurg are living proof of
the architectural genius of Shivaji, the cult hero of Maharashtra's
history and folklore. Shivaji built the Sindhudurg Fort (Ocean
Fort) while he embellished and fortified the Victory Fort
at Vijaydurg. There are many tourist sites to visit within
the forts including the temples dedicated to Maruti, Bhavani,
Mahadeo, Jarimai, Mahapurush and also of Shivaji. You should
also visit the beaches of Vijaydurg-Sindhudurg that offer
a quite and relaxing time to its visitors.
Tourism of Central India can also customize your tour to the
Forts in Maharashtra, to include other stunning forts in Maharashtra
namely Daulatabad, Gavilgad, Ghodbunder, Murud-Harnai and
Sinhagad. We can also club your tour with beaches in Maharashtra
tours so that you can have an enriching and entertaining vacation
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