Sunday, August 28, 2011

Udgir Fort

Marathwada Circuit- 1200 Kms, 7 forts, 2 Caves
Day 1: Pune-Madha-Paranda-Tuljapur (360 Kms)
Day 2: Dharshiv Caves
Day 3: Tuljapur-Ausa-Kharosa-Udgir-Nanded (280 Kms)
Day 4: Nanded-Kandhar-Dharur-Kunthaligiri (290 Kms)
Day 5: Kunthaligiri-Kharda-Bhadurgad AKA Dharmaveergad-Pune (265 Kms)




Type: Land Fort
Base Village: Udgir
Where:396Kms from Pune, 149Kms from Tuljapur
Route: Tuljapur-Ausa-Nilanga-Udgir
Time visited: August 2011
Time to see around: 1.5 hour
How to visit: After ST Bus stand take a right turn. It’s at the end of that lane.
Meter reading from Pune: 520 Kms

Udgir is famous for the historic battle between Marathas led by Sadashivrao Bhau and Nizam in 1759. Sadashivrao Bhau bravely defeated Nizam. The fort of Udgir is said to be built by the king of Bahamani.





The fort is bounded by a 40 feet deep trench which is now overgrown with bushes.








There are two main watch towers- one immediately at the entrance which overlooks the Udgir city.








There is a huge canyon called Suryamookhi on this buruj.








Another cannon.











There are few remains of palaces next to this tower. The second floor had rooms which seemed like Seesh-Mahal...


The other watch tower is at the far right end from where you can see Samadhi of Udaygir Maharaj below and the entire buildings in the fort.






There are several palaces and Durbar halls.








The fountain is worth dekko.









The scence from the other end watch tower.








The strength of this fort was in the double fortification. The Samadhi of Udaygir Maharaj is on the right hand side before you enter through second gate and is 60 feet under the normal ground level.

It is believed that the Udgir fort has a direct deep underground soorang (tunnel) connection with Bhalki & Dharur Fort.



Ugdgir landacape city from the buruj

We proceeded to Nanded for stay.

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