Maharashtra: Best Forts And Hill-stations For A Weekend Getaway


Maharashtra is known for its rich and diverse culture. Here are a few forts and hill stations that you could visit in the state for a weekend getaway. Know more

Written By Brandon Fernandes | Mumbai | Updated On:

The state of Maharashtra is filled with many majestic forts and hill-stations. Located in the Western Ghats or the Sahyadri Mountains. Maharashtra's magnificent and picturesque hill forts include many forts such as Nimgiri Fort, Lingana Fort, Prabalgad Fort, Raigad Fort, and Karnala Fort. Here are some forts and hill-stations that are famous for their scenic surroundings and nice weather.

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Murud Janjira

Murud Janjira fort is located on an island in the coastal village of Murud. It is about 55 km from Alibaug. Towering on a massive rock in the middle of the Arabian Sea, this fort has stood the test of time and strength. When you travel along the Konkan coast in Maharashtra, this fort is a must-visit.


Bhandardara is a hill station in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. This place is considered as 'nature's blessing'. The place is filled with lush greenery, waterfalls and is surrounded by high mountains. This little village has so many attractions added that make it an adventurous spot to run away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.

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Raigad Fort

The captivating fort of Raigad is located in the Sahyadri mountain range in Mahad, Maharashtra. It soars to a height of about 820 meters. The magnificent fort is only accessible from one side, a route that has approximately 1737 steps, while the other three sides are surrounded by deep valleys. The best time to visit the Raigad Fort is between November and March.


Matheran was discovered by the British during their reign in India in 1850. They developed the place as a popular summer retreat. This place provides a refreshing break from the city's heat. The most unique thing about this place is that there is a prohibition on all cars and even on bicycles. It is a relaxing place far from sound and emission. 

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Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi is a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri and consists of two forts, Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Fort. Rajmachi Fort is a popular destination for trekking and a very prominent fort between two iconic hills in Maharashtra.


Lonavala is a part of the Sahyadri hills. It is known to be one of the most gifted regions of nature. It is surrounded by waterfalls, dense forests and dams. It is a place you must visit if you love nature. It is a getaway for a soulful weekend and good trip. In Lonavala, there are many attractions such as Bhushi dam, Rajmachi fort, Bhaja caves and a lot more. 

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