Daulatabad Fort, Maharashtra

One of the most powerful and renowned forts of the medieval Deccan, Daulatabad fort is located near Aurangabad city, Maharashtra. Founded by the Yadavas of Deogiri in eleventh century under the king named Bhillama V, Daulatabad remained as Devgiri’s capital until 1296 when the very powerful Ala-ud-din Khiliji defeated son of Krishna – Ramachandradeva. Later is had been a significant capital of Tughlaq dynasty, under the famous ruler Muhammad bin Tughluq. He however changed the name of the fort and compulsorily moved the entire population of the Delhi to Daulatabad. But after 2 years he had to abandon the fort because of the lack of water.

According to a popular belief, Devgiri was originally built in 1203 by a Dhangar, who acquired immense wealth by luck. And he had a shepherd brother named ‘Raja Ram' and in association with it him he assumed the rank of a Raja (King). According to a mythological belief, Lord Shiva is believed to have been lived in the surrounding hills of the fort. And that’s why the fort was formerly known as Devagiri, which means Hills of Gods.

Having a distinct architectural value, Daulatabad fort is India’s one of the most significant historical treasures. Built in a 200 m high hill, this fort has a strong defense system consisting of a few moats and 3 encircling defence walls with bastions and loft gates at regular intervals. The entire fort complex has a unique combination of modern military engineering, excellent town planning with systematic water management and of course architectural marvels. Apart from the high-defensive fortifications, it includes various notable monuments too. Out of all, Chand Minar and Chini Mahal are the most famous ones. The best time to visit Daulatabad Fort is during the winter season because at that time the temperature of the particular place goes low and offers the visitors a suitable weather to explore the fort with no health hazards.

Timings

Chitradurga Fort open at 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees

25 INR for Indians and 300 INR for Foreigners

Photography

Allowed at the cost of 60 INR

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