Visiting Daulatabad Fort in India.
About Daulatabad Fort, outside of Aurangabad, Maharashtra State, India.
Daulatabad Fort dates back to the 11th century when it was founded by the Yadavas of Deogiri. Later rulers included Sultan Muhammad-bin-Tughluq of Delhi - during 1328 he moved everybody from Delhi and re-created his capital at Daulatabad but due to
continuous famine and sickness eventually returned to rule from Delhi. Although a very powerful fort, Daulatabad was captured in 1633 following a four month long siege by the Deccans and Emperor Aurangzeb became viceroy.
The Fort sits on a 200 metre high conical hill, it's defence system includes moats and three encircling fortification walls - all with high gates and bastions placed at regular intervals. In all the complex and it's outer fortification walls ecompasses an area of around 63 hectares.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
Having walked through the tunnels the route continues up on steep rock-cut steps - this is quite a tiring part of the walk especially in hot weather.
Once near to the top of the Fort you reach the Baradari which is a 12 pillared pavillion which at one time may have been used by the royal family. This is still not the top - to get to the lookout post a further reasonable climb is involved but it is well worth the effort. The views of the fort's extensive battlements and surrounding countryside are really good from here.
Going back down from the top obviously involves going through the tunnels again - if anything this is more difficult then climbing up since the surfaces are often even
more slippery and of course dropping. It's all good fun though and if you don't bang your head on the roof at least once then you have not done it properly!. Once back down to the parking area there are several places where you can get a cold drink and snacks i.e. samosas etc.
This visit to the fort can easily be done in conjunction with a visit to Ellora Caves - maybe a good plan
would be to go to the Caves first and then visit the Fort in the slightly cooler mid-afternoon on the way back to Aurangabad.
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