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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Daulatabad Fort near Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

Last month, I was at Daulatabad Fort for a photo shoot session. Though I did not get a chance to go into the fort and explore it at depth, I managed to explore its perimeter in the time that was available to me.

Daulatabad Fort at Aurangabad
To all those who don’t know, Daulatabad fort is a 12th century structure situated about 15 kilometres from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India.

Daulatabad Fort Signboard
It was built in the 12th century by the Yadava King of Bhillima V and was called Devgiri then. Then, it was acquired by Alauddin Khilji who made it a Mughal stronghold.

Green Daulatabad Fort at Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Sometime in the early 14th century, Sultan Mohammed-bin-Tughlak, moved his capital from Delhi to Devgiri and renamed this fort city as Daulatabad’ or the city of fortune/prosperity.

About Daulatabad Fort
This fort city prides itself on its virtually impregnable defence system that consist of multiple layers of massive walls, complex arrangement of entryways and deep rock-cut moats and trenches. From the outside, one can see the 70 metre high Chand Minar that stands tall amidst the rock cut structures.

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