Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Gavilgad Fort

Marthwada-Vidharbha Circuit- 8 days, 1750 Kms
Pune-Ahmednagar-Parbhani-Navagarh-Jintur (480 Kms)

Jintur-Lonar-Mehekar-Karanja (216 Kms)

Karnja-Amravati-Chikhaldara (153 Kms)
Chikhaldara-Partwada-Muktagiri (44Kms)
Chikhaldara-Semadoh-Chikhaldara (50Kms)

Muktagiri-Achalpur-Akot-Shegaon (120 Kms)
Shegaon-Mehekar-SindkhedRaja-Jalna-Aurangabad- (265 Kms)
Aurangabad-Nagar-Pune (236 Kms)


Type: Hill Fort
Base town: Chikhaldara
Where: 62Kms from Amravati
Route taken: Karanja-Amravati-Chikhaldara
Time visited: October 2011
My Meter reading from Pune: 870 Kms
History as per on Internet: Gavilgad probably took its name from the Gavalis who had built a mud fort. The existing new fort was built by Ahmad Shah Wali, the ninth king of Baharmani dynasty in 1425 AD, the fort was repaired and extended by Fateh-ullah Imad-ul-Mulk, the founder of Imadshahi in Berar. It was with the Imadshahi in 1488 AD, the Nizamshahi in 1574 AD, the Mughals in 1599 AD and the Marathas in 1754 AD, before it fell to the British in 1803 AD. 
Gavilgad was dismantled in 1858 AD lest it should be seized by Tatya Tope, who in that year attempted to break from the Satpuda hills into the Deccan in order to stir up the country for the independence movement.



The fort has two main gateways, the Delhi Darwaza, between the inner and outer fort, and the Fateh Darwaza, the south-western gate, built by Fateh-ullah Imad-ul-Mulk. 
The grand entrance and the inner views leaves you spell bound imagining the glorified past. 



The most conspicuous of the remains in the fort is the great mosque which stands upon the highest point towards the south side of the inner fort. 

The vast expanse of the fort is breath taking.
Due to lack of time we were not able to explore the complete fort. But normally guides dont advise you to go too much inside with your families...

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