Daulatabad fort AKA Deogiri

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 KmsPune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)
Jintur-Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)
Karnja-Amravati-Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)
Muktagiri (44Kms)
Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)

Type: Hill Fort
Base City: Aurangabad
Route taken: Shegaon-Jalna-Aurangabad
Time to see around: 4 Hours
Time visited: October 2011
My Meter reading from Pune: ? Kms

Daulatabad fort or the Deogiri killa, in Aurangabad is a rare kind of construction, which is a combination of the ground fort and the hill fort. The fort is built on an isolated pyramid-shaped natural mountain peak. The rock around is chiselled skilfully making the climb from side really impossible.

The fort area is surrounded by three levels of impregnable fortifications known as kots. The outer one, Amberkot covers the old Daulatabad town. The second one, Mahakot, is currently the boundary of the actual fort. Around Mahakot, surrounding the fort was a water body.

A official guide will charge cool 750/- buck for 3 hours visit and won’t really come till top.

The main entrance is in Mahakot and has eight gates.

After the first gate there is huge courtyard with number of Cannons.

There is watch tower are the second gate. Inside you will stepped wells (Baolis) on the right.

Once inside there is a huge water tank called Hathi Haud on the left.

Presently Bharat Mata temple is large magnificient construction with large pillars right near the water tank. Some Jain sculptures indicate this could have been Jain temple earlier which was converted to mosque.

The huge Chand minaret on the right is fascinating.

The third gate is called  Kalakot.

There are huge vessels where boiling oil use to be kept to be poured on enemy.

After the 4th gate, there a beautiful palace called Chini Mahal on the right.

The blue hand painted carvings are still clearly visible.

A huge cannon called Mendhtof is seen at the top of one of the watch towers. One has to then cross a deep waterbody (moat).

This is followed by a dark zig-zag passage, carved through the rock known as Andheri. It is pitch dark inside and confusing pathways.

This is followed by a flight of 400 odd steps up to reach the main fort.

Theres a durbar hall and few other rooms with balacony. There are few cannons on the top.

After visiting the Daulatabad fort we finally proceeded back to Pune. It was indeed a memorable trip!!!