Daulatabad / Devagiri Fort is one of the most effective preserved Forts in Maharashtra also one of the best in Aurangabad tourist places. it’s one of the best historical places. Daulatabad is an ancient hill fort situated on the thanks to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
The historical triangular fort of Daulatabad was built by Yadava king Bhillama V in 1187 AD. the town was then called ‘Deogiri’, meaning the Hill of gods. Daulatabad or ‘the abode of wealth’ was the name given by Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq when he made his capital here in 1327 AD. The region the fort passed on into the hands of Bahamani rulers under Hasan Gangu in 1347 AD Nizam Shahis of Ahmednagar in 1499 AD. Daulatabad became the capital of Nizam Shahi dynasty in 1607 AD. The fort passed several hands, captured re-captured by the Mughals, Marathas, Peshwas finally placed under the control of the Nizams of Hyderabad in 1724 AD till independence.
Daulatabad Fort was one of the most powerful forts during the medieval period. Built on a 200 m high conical hill, the fort was defended by a moat a glacis. The fortifications comprise three encircling walls with bastions at regular intervals. The moat is 40 feet deep with mechanical drawbridges full of crocodiles. the whole fort complex consists of a locality measuring approximately 94.83 hectares. the combination of hill fort is split into small sectors encircled by fortification walls. The fortified Ambarkot is planned for folk. Mahakot area having four distant lines of enclosure walls served the residential area for the higher class of the society. The Kalakot is that the royal residential district with a double line of fortifications.
Devagiri is within the outskirts of Aurangabad, Situated at a distance of 16 km from Aurangabad train station. The fort was enlarged structures were added subsequently because the fort passed on from one to the other. It consists of structures like stepped wells, Kacheri (Court) building, Bharat Mata Temple, Hathi haud, ChMinar, Aam Khas, Royal Hammam, Chini Mahal, Rang Mahal, Andheri, Baradari, water cisterns 10 unfinished rock-cut caves belonging to the Yadava period. ChMinar maybe a soaring tower inside the Daulatabad Fort, which rises to a height of roughly 30 m. it had been erected in 1447 AD by Ala-ud-din Bahmani to commemorate his capture of the fort. The four-storied tower was adorned with glazed tiles carved motifs. it’s believed that ChMinar was used as a prayer hall or a victory monument within the earlier times. Baradari was the favourite summer residence of the Mughal emperors.
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM.
Entry Fee: Rs. 25 for Indians Rs. 250 for Foreigners.