The state of Maharashtra is blessed with Western Ghats. The mountains harbor some of the densest forests in the state. The region is teeming with wildlife and offers breathtaking landscapes. Apart from the natural heritage, the Western Ghats in Maharashtra are endowed with magnificent forts built by the great emperors who ruled this land. Some of the forts date back to 7th century AD, whereas some are built by Shivaji Maharaj and his descendants. Today (19th February), being the birth anniversary of Shivaji Maharaj, is a great occasion to salute the great king by writing this blog on a great cultural heritage left behind by him.