Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was the Maratha Empire warrior king, born in the hill fort of Shivneri and was crowned as the King of a Maratha Kingdom in Raigad fort.
Magnificent Forts of Maharashtra built and captured by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj also include Tikona fort,Korigad fort, Visapur fort, Tung Fort, Irshalgad fort, Karnala Fort, Durgadi Fort, Kasa fort and also Lingana fort was built by Shivaji Maharaj.
Shivneri Fort near Junnar is the birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj and a declared as a protected monument of Maharashtra. Lenyadri cave Ashtavinayak temple is located few kilometers away from the hill fort.
Raigad Fort in Mahad region of Maharashtra was built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The hill fort is located in the Sahyadri mountain range and was the capital of the Maratha Empire.
Sindhudurg Fort at the shore of Malvan town in the Konkan region of Maharashtra was constructed by Shivaji Maharaj.The marine fort is one of the five sea forts by Shivaji Maharaj and a protected monument.
Pratapgad Fort also known as Valour Fort in Satara district is a popular tourist destination near Mahabaleshwar, located 25 kilometres away. The Battle of Pratapgarh between Shivaji and Afzal Khan was fought here.
Vijaydurg Fort is surrounded by water and one of few coastal forts of Maharashtra.The fort was captured by Shivaji Maharaj, renamed it as VijayDurg and hoisted the saffron flag.
Rajgad Fort in the Pune district was also the capital of the Maratha Empire and one of the 17 forts that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1665.
Torna Fort in Pune district was the first hill fort captured by Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. This fort is the highest hill fort in the district of Pune at an elevation of 1,403 metres and a popular destination for trekkers from Pune and Mumbai.
Panhala Fort near Kolhapur was captured by Shivaji Maharaj and it was one of the largest forts in the Deccan.The fort is built on Sahyadri mountain range over a pass to keep an eye on trade route from Bijapur.
Purandar Fort in the Western Ghats of Pune was birthplace of Sambhaji.Today the twin forts of Purandar and Vajragad are a popular tourist destination near Pune and hotspot for paragliders and trekkers.
Lohagad Fort in Khandala is one of the most popular hill forts of Maharashtra which was under the Maratha empire.The twin fort of Visapur and Lohagad are protected monument by the government and popular monsoon destination for trekkers of Pune and Mumbai.
Sinhagad hill fortress of Pune was known for the Battle of Sinhagad fought by Tanaji Malusare.The Fort is a popular weekend destination near Pune and the Kondhana was one of the centre of Maratha Kingdom.
Prabalgad Fort at an elevation of 2,300 feet is located between Matheran and Panvel. Along with its sister fort Irshalgad, Prabalgad fort was renamed under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s rule.
Suvarnadurg Fort between Mumbai and Goa was built by Shivaji Maharaj and a protected monument. The fort along with Kanakadurga fort and Padmadurg fort was few historical marine forts built by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.