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Visiting a Maratha fortress © Rohit Gowaikar/Getty Images
To celebrate India’s independence on Republic Day today, we take you to Rajgad Fort near Pune, India. In the 17th century, this fort near the west coast of India was the capital of the Maratha Empire. Today it’s the reward for a long hike to the top, where some visitors opt to spend the night—a sprawling relic of India’s history, Rajgad Fort is worth exploring for more than a day.