Daulatabad Fort

Daulatabad Fort

Daulatabad Fort
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amaru2018
Mumbai, India38 contributions
The views are very spectacular. The minaret at the bottom was the highlight for me, though. It is quite a long trek up all the steps to reach the top. Do not recommend going during the middle of the day as it gets very hot, no shade etc.

Beware of many locals wanting to take photos and secretly taking pictures and videos of you if you are a foreigner.
Written 11 March 2022
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Roy
Kolkata (Calcutta), India125 contributions
The Fort is built on a hill of around 600 feet and thus trekking to the top is not for the faint hearted.
Online booking - You can pay by cash or scan a QR code and buy the tickets.
Please note that plastic water bottles are not allowed and if you intend to go all the way to the top you will require water,
thus please carry water bottles/sippers as you deem fit.

An impressive conical vertical fort and a remnant of the glory of the past.
Requires 3-4 hours to climb the huge stairs and to have a 360 degrees view as you rise in altitude.
Cannons of various kinds are put on display.
Worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.
Written 22 February 2022
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Anu_G_Jain
New Delhi, India63 contributions
Looks like a Fort made for warriors not for Royal families. The base is expansive and there is quite a long trek from begining of the Fort till the top. - so take out those sports shoes! The walk is a series of stone steps. View from the top is awesome. Worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.
Written 17 December 2021
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RJ
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An impressive conical vertical fort and a remnant of the glory of the past. Requires 3-4 hours to climb the huge stairs and to have a 360 degrees panatomic view as you rise in altitude. Cannons of various kinds are put on display. Bharat Mata and Ganesh Temples are a must. So is the Moat, Baradari, Chand Minar and at the top most part is kept the Shree Durga Tope. Lots of stamina, keeping pace of your breathing while climbing, comfortable shoes, water bottle and a cap are a must. Go in a group to enjoy it even more.
Written 17 October 2021
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Indradeep R
Mumbai, India911 contributions
Doulatabad Fort also called as Devgiri Fort is one of those forts which can never be invaded unless otherwise there is an Inside traitor. I will not dwell much on the history as you can find a lot of material to read it in case you are a history enthusiast. I am writing this review from a tourist point of view and how I was excited all the way to trek upto the summit. The Fort is built on a hill of around 600 feet and thus trekking to the top is not for the faint hearted. If you have back or knee problem it is better to take it slow and go up as much as you can rather than stretching yourself as the pathway is rocky and the stair fit more from a horse traversing it than humans

If you drive down you will be required to park the vehicle about 50 metres from the entrance gate. This is a paid parking albeit not maintained at all. The ticket counter is available before the entrance gate. You can pay by cash or scan a QR code and buy the tickets. As you enter the fort the QR code would be scanned from your handheld device and thus allowed entry. Alternatively you can also visit the ASI website and buy tickets and scan it too for entry. Please note that plastic water bottles are not allowed and if you intend to go all the way to the top you will require water, thus please carry water bottles/sippers as you deem fit. I always carry 2 steel water bottles in my backpack and by the time I came out of the exit it was over.

As you enter through the gate you will be find a small courtyard where ASI have displayed the various forts of Maharashtra and the unique canons in front of them. I just loved it and spent time reading about them to enhance my knowledge. As you pass the courtyard you will reach the Main entrance ( Mahakoot), where you can till date see the wooden doors are spiked with Iron rods to ensure that elephants cannot break in. The other interesting aspects is that as you cross the door there is a right turn with an open passage which ensures that even if someone breaches the gate there would be soldiers awaiting to kill with boulders, rocks, bow and arrow etc.

Once you cross the Mahakoot the real journey or trekking of the fort starts. As you continue to walk you will find large Orange structure called Chand Minar which stands around 210 feet in height. It can be reached on op through a spiral staircase however I found it closed at this point of time. On the opposite side please visit the Canon museum. This was conceptualised and executed by one of our archaeologist named Dr Dilip Kumar Khamari. My heartfelt tribute to his idea which allowed me to see 56 different types of Canons of different size and built and for different purposes.

As you continue further you will find the Chini fort. While there are Chinese tiles used and thus the name. The fort has an architectural style of Anglo Indian and thus caught my attention, Importantly, the spot is amazing to get a few clicks of Chand Minar from this spot. Henceforth the terrain will continue to be steep and treacherous so brace yourself mentally and keep your body moving rather than sitting down. You will soon reach the Sarawati well the Moat which is normally there across any Forts. This is probably the most difficult breach for the enemy if they even reach here. Earlier there were no bridge to cross the moat and I am told that soldier used to swing in with the help of Leather belts. Thankfully we don’t have to do it as the Government has provided a steel bridge. If you have not taken a guide as the official guide charges around Rs 1800/- speak with the security guard and get to know of the details of Andheri ( Dark) Passage. I am uploading a video of this place for you to get a sense of the total darkness. This was done to ensure that if an enemy breach the moat and enter they would not be able to see anything and soldiers waiting in darkness can eliminate them completely.

After you have crossed this segment the fort continues upward to the top of the hill.You will find a Ganesh temple with an old lady telling you tales if you have the time and energy. But patience hearing to such tales can be enlightening if you go with an open mind. As you go up further you will find Baradari a fantastic place for a 360 degree view from the fort. If you decide that you cannot go up further probably this is the place you can stay put for sometime before you start your descend. For others who can continue the best is yet to come. First you will be greeted with Kala Pahad canon which is also a fantastic place to take a few pictures. Once you are done with your pictures you will be taking the last leap of faith towards the top most part of the Fort where a gigantic and powerful Canon rests called the “Durga Canon” If you have a basic sense of imagination personify yourself to an eagle and take a good view of the world around you. The entire fatigue of the journey will vanish off because of the magnificent all around view the wind which will rejuvenate you back to take the steps down. Catch on the air as much as possible and take a few sips of water before you walk back. The coming down is tougher than climbing and thus take it slow so that you don’t hurt your knees.

As you reach your Parking spot turn around and take a long look of the Fort and feel proud of what you have achieved in climbing it. Bid goodbye with a thought and gratitude for our ancestors for building something so unique and a marvellous structure on a hill with no modern tools and equipments.
Written 18 March 2021
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GREEDY P
Mumbai, India372 contributions
Daulatabad Qilla AKA Fort is kind of a frozen time capsule located atop a conical hill in Aurangabad, about 200 meters above the sea level. Its strategic location, incredible architecture, and three-layer defense system made it one of the most powerful hill fortresses of the medieval period. It served as the capital of the Yadava Dynasty and the Delhi Sultanate (for a brief period) as well as the secondary capital of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate at different points in history. The fort, which now is a key tourist attraction in Aurangabad, offers spectacular views of the surrounding areas.

Spread across an area of over 94 hectares, the Daulatabad Fort Complex is a fine example of architectural genius. It used to house small fortified sectors that served specific purposes named Ambarkot, Mahakot, Kalakot & Balakot (according to the type / class of the people who lived here.

The fort complex also housed several structures including palaces, public audience halls, reservoirs, step wells, temples, mosques, court buildings, gigantic tanks, royal baths, and a victory tower, among others. Many of these structures were added to the fort as it passed from one dynasty to another. The citadel also had a unique water management system, several cannons, and ten incomplete rock-cut caves. You will be transformed to a different time zone the moment you step and it lingers on for some even after reaching present civilization. It is kind of hypnotic!
Written 7 March 2021
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Samir S
Mumbai, India1,083 contributions
Daulatabad Fort, also known as Devagiri or Deogiri, is of historical significance ,located in Daulatabad village near Aurangabad , just 14/15 km from main city, Maharashtra, India. It was the capital of the Yadava dynasty , for a brief time the capital of the Delhi Sultanate (1327–1334), and later a secondary capital of the Ahmadnagar Sultanate.

Some of the prominent structures within the fort complex include the Mahakot which comprises four distinct lines of walls with 54 bastions that surround the fort for a length of nearly 5 kilometres. The walls are between 6 to 9 feet thick and 18 to 27 feet high with ammunition depots and granaries built along the interiors. Another interesting spot is the Hathi Haud a gigantic water tank with a capacity of about 10,000 cubic meters.A 5 kilometer strong wall, artificial scarping and a complicated series of defenses made Daulatabad Fort secure. The 30 meter high Chand Minar (Tower) built much later with 3 circular balconies played a defensive and religious role in the Fortress.

Entry fee is 20INR per Indian, Lot of walking one needs to do cover bottom to top of the fort . One/Two hour is required. Ample parking is available. Good sight for photography also .
Written 10 January 2021
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HONEY
Nanded, India105 contributions
Friends
Daulatabad fort which is also known as devgiri fort it is a one of the most historic place in the aurangabad.You can also must watch the pillers of char minar and chini mahal.
Written 12 July 2020
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India585 contributions
Daulatabad Fort, which was earlier known as Devgiri Fort prior it was renamed by the Islamic conquerors, had been one of the most historically significant fort in the region. It was the capital of Yadava Kingdom for about 5 centuries in medieval period.
The fort was considered unconquerable. The excess to the top of the hill was such that it could be achieved by negotiating narrow passages.
The fort in current conditions is in ruins, however, it is large fort and takes time as well as efforts to explore all the structures on it.
The fort is under the care of Archaeological Survey of India and has a relatively large tourist foot falls.
A landmark worth visiting for history and archaeology enthusiasts.
Written 22 April 2020
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Cedric N
Mumbai, India576 contributions
Family
Had visited this historic fort complex in Daulatabad a long back ago. It is located around 15 kms from Aurangabad and is under ASI.

This fort complex was built in the 12th century and later on, in the 14th century. It houses ruined fortified walls, Chand Minar, Chini Mahal, Baradari etc. It is a popular tourist attraction and is visited by tourists. Also, it was known as Devgiri or Deogiri. It was one of the powerful forts in medieval Deccan. There are ancient cannons that were kept for display. It has ancient doors that are spike studded to prevent Elephant charging. However, it gets crowded due to an influx of tourists. There is no proper lane discipline at the ticket counter. Outside the fort complex, there is an ample parking space and vendors selling ancient coins, fruits, informative books etc. The entrance fees are Rs. 25 per Indian and Rs. 300 per foreigner. However, it needs to be maintained.

This fort complex is an ideal place for families, school children, architecture buffs as well as history lovers. It is a must visit and should not be missed when in Daulatabad.
Written 2 April 2020
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