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Daulatabad Fort:



Daulatabad fort (Aurangabad Fort) is located at a distance of about 13 km north-west of Aurangabad city. This fort was earlier known as Devagiri. This is a magnificent 12th century fortress standing atop a hill. Much of the lower slopes of the hill was cut away by Yadava dynasty rulers to leave 50 meter vertical sides to improve their defenses.. The only means of access available to the summit is by a narrow bridge, with passage for not more than two people abreast, and a long gallery, excavated in the rock. The fort is certainly a place of extraordinary strength. Daulatabad, which is constructed with excellent architecture, is one of the few invincible forts in Maharashtra state.

The fortification consists of three concentric lines of defensive walls with large number of bastions. Amongst the best constructed forts, this fort never in its lifetime witnessed a battle.

Mohammed Bin Tughluq, the sultan of Delhi gave the name Daulatabad – City of Prosperity. Series of defense and the sub-terranean passage are the famous features of this fort. Jami Masjid, Bharatmata Mandir, the Chand Minar, Elephant Tank and ‘Chini Mahal’ or Chinese Palace are the important monuments inside the fort. Daulatabad Fort passed through the hands of several dynasties in Deccan, which initially had stronghold of Yadav.

The Chand Minar (Tower), about 63 metres in height, was erected by Alauddin Bahman Shah in 1435 AD to conquest of Daulatabad. The Chand Minar was built with 3 circular galleries had a defensive and religious role in the fortress.

Jumma masjid is located Opposite the Minar. Nearby is a round bastion topped with a huge canon with ram’s head, called Fort breaker. The Baradari is of octagonal in shape, stands near the summit of the fort. The principal bastion at the summit also holds a large canon.

How to Reach Daulatabad Fort (Aurangabad Fort):

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Aurangabad is the nearest Air port for Daulatabad Fort. Further journey may be performed by road.

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Aurangabad is the nearest railway station. Further journey may be performed by road.

Road: GM_Bus_S

Daulatabad Fort can be reached by shuttle buses operated from Aurangabad. The famous Ellora Caves are just 16kms away from Devagiri-Daulatabad.

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