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Daulatabad

Daulatabad Fort:

Daulatabad fort located on a hilltop dating back to the 12th century is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Known to be one of the most secret and quizzically built Forts of Maharashtra, Daulatabad fort is surrounded by a 40 feet trench said to have been infested with crocodiles. Constructed by Singhana II (1210-46 AD), the Fort is one of the most preserved forts in Maharashtra. Known as a Fort that could never be conquered tactfully, the fort's security system was only breached by treachery and deceit of the invading armies. The fort area is surrounded by three concentric walls or fortifications. The fortress displays a strong wall of 5 km and a series of ramparts.

 

Chini Mahal:

Chini Mahal palace lying in the Kalakor ramparts is one of the most beautiful monuments in Daulatabad. Built with intricate blue Chinese tiles, the Chinese palace or Chini Mahal was also the palace hosting the imprisoned last Sultan of Golconda, Abdul Hasan Tana Shah by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

 

The Dark Passage:

Andhari passage also known as the dark passage is one of the architectural marvels of the Daulatabad fort that made it one of the most secure forts ever built. Any invader who miraculously made it past the fortified walls and across the moat would have been faced with the final obstacle of passing through a pitch dark zig-zag cave passage known as Andhari, carved through the rock. The army hiding inside the dark enclosure used to kill the stuck enemy soldiers using spears.

 

Chand Minar:

Chand Minar or the Tower of Victory is a 30 feet high tower in the vicinity of the Daulatabad Fort built by Ala-ud-din Bahmani after taking over the fort in 1435. The four-storied tower stands adorned with glazed tiles and carved motifs. According to historians, Chand Minar was also used as a prayer hall in the earlier times.

 

Jami Masjid:

Jami Masjid is a popular tourist and pilgrimage landmark in Daulatabad. Located inside the Daulatabad Fort complex, the mosque known as Jami Masjid was constructed in 1318 by Qutub-ud-din Mubarak, the Khilji ruler of Delhi. The mosque has 106 splendid pillars, which were looted from several Hindu and Jain temples. The mosque has hence been converted into a Bharat Mata Temple.

 

Nizamshahi Mahal:

Nizamshahi Mahal is a ruined palace which was the adobe of Nizam Shahi dynasty who ruled Daulatabad from 1490 till Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb invaded the city. Nizamshahi mahal exhibits typical Islamic architecture of India, with pointed arches and geometric motifs. Located within the Kalalot ramparts, Nizamshahi Mahal is being restored to its original glorious form by the archeological survey of India.

 

Baradari:

Baradari is an octagonal shaped palace that acted as the home to the ancient rulers of Daulatabad. Built in the 17th century by Mughal king Shah Jahan, the palace has been preserved in its original form and showcases a panoramic view of the Daulatabad Fort and its surrounding plains.

 

Mendha Canon:

The Medha cannon are one of the most well known landmarks of Daulatabad Fort. Located within the Kalakot walls, the ancient cannon built in the 17th century, the cannon has the ability to rotate on its axis as desired. An inscription on the cannon contains the name of Aurangzeb, the 17th century Mughal Emperor.