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A state’s affluence is always exhibited through its heritage forts. Forts of yore that witnessed flourishing kingdoms, shrewd captures and gory wars.
If you’re a wanderer who seeks history and tales of ancient rulers of India, the forts in the heart of India hum ballads depicting golden times of the past.


1.Gwalior Fort

Built in the 8th century, the breathtaking fort stands on a hill flaunting its undiminished grandeur and majesty. Consisting of a defensive structure and two main palaces, Gujari Mahal and Man Mandir, the fort was built by Man Singh Tomar but it has had several rulers and an intriguing history.

Come here to get drenched in legends of yore and threnodies of valor depicting  great struggle of India’s first freedom fighters against the British in 1857, including the sacrifice of a great martyr- Rani Laxmi Bai.

How to reach– Gwalior is connected with all the major cities in India by rail, road and airways.

Where to stay– Gwalior, being a major city in the heart of India, offers innumerable options to accommodate ranging from lavish hotels to cozy, affordable rest houses.


2. Gohad Fort

Founded by Rana Jat ruler Singhandev II in 1505, Gohad Fort is a unique example of architectural abilities of Jat rulers. Strategically built on Vaisli River and circular in shape, a five km rampart was constructed around the fort to guard it. The river was dug and its flow was extended up to the fort to form a semi-circular shape.

Legend insists that Gohad had 360 forts and fortresses to protect its people out of which Gohad fort was the most outstanding creation, unveiling to its visitors something they’ve witnessed never before.

How to reach-The closest railway station to Gohad is Bhind and nearest airport is at Gwalior.

Where to stay– Accommodation can be easily sought at Gohad, although Gwalior (42 km) should be preferred if you’re looking for better facilities.


3. Chanderi Fort

Situated on a hill 71 meter above the old, beautiful town of Chanderi, it was constructed during the Mughal period and was also known as Kirti Durg. Guarded by a mighty door called “Khooni Darwaza”, named after the act of throwing criminals of the kingdom from the battlements above. The fort offers a rejuvenating view of the town at dawn. The primary remnants of the fort include Hawa Mahal and Nau Khanda Mahal.

Chanderi, being a town of utmost strategic importance in the medieval period, facilitated trading and was ruled by many dynasties. Fragments of every dynasty lie in corners of this archaic town in the form of tombs and monuments. Chanderi is as old as the Mahabharata.

How to reach: The nearest railway station is Lalitpur (36 km)

Where to stay: Chanderi offers budget hotels and rest houses with basic facilities.


4. Raisen Fort

The origin of this fort dates back to 1200 AD. It remained under the rule of Rajputs until 1543 when Shershah Suri captured it. Built on a sandstone hill, the massive stone walls of this fort are pierced with nine gateways and surmounted by 13 bastions. The fort has several remains of important buildings such as mosque, schools etc.

How to reach:- The nearest railway station and airport is Bhopal. (45 km)

Where to stay: Stay is recommended in Bhopal. Being the capital city it offers major facilities and best hotels for every wallet!

Swapnil Gaur
For mptravelogue.com

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