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Ahmednagar Fort (Ahmednagar)

The Ahmednagar Fort is one of the major attractions in Ahmednagar city. The city and in turn the fort was named after Ahmed Nizam Shah, who was also responsible for building the Ahmednagar Fort sometime during the 15th and 16th Century AD.

Districts/ Region 

Ahmednagar District, Maharashtra, India.

History

The Ahmednagar Fort has twenty-four bastions, one large gate and a mountain on all sides. The fort consists of the rampart of black hewn stone and the parapet of brick too. Presently the fort is under the Military command of India. The fort was built under the leadership of the very first Nizam Shahi ruler Malik Ahmed Nizam Shah. In the beginning the fort was made of mud but the major structure of it began in 1559 under Hussain Nizam Shah. It took almost four years and was finally finished in 1562.

The Mughal invasion of 1596 was successfully repelled by the regent queen Chand Bibi, but during the reign of Akbar the fort was captured by the Mughals in 1600. The fort was recaptured by the Nizams of Hyderabad in 1724 after the death of Aurangzeb.

In 1759 the fort was given to Sadashivbhau Peshwa by Kavi Jung. The Scindias took over the fort in 1797 as a result of some treaty.

In 1803 the fort came into the possession of the East India Company when Lord Wellesley defeated the Maratha forces in the Second Anglo-Maratha War.

Geography

The Ahmednagar Fort is one of the best-designed forts in the entire state of Maharashtra and on the Bhingar River. The fort stands surrounded by cantonment on all sides and lies in the eastern part of Ahmednagar city.

Weather/Climate

The average annual temperature in the region is 24.1 degrees Celsius. Winters are extreme in this region, and the temperature goes as low as 12 degrees Celsius. The sun is very harsh during summers; the region gets more rain during summer than winters. The temperature during summer goes above 30 degrees Celsius. The average annual rainfall is around 1134 mm.

Things to do

A must-try delicacy of Ahmednagar is Thakkar, aka Sabudana vada with Kaju chutney. You can shop for sculptures, Warli paintings, Kolhapuri chappals, silk sarees, Lacquerware, Bidri ware, and Paithani sarees.

Nearest tourist place

  • Chand Bibi Palace (75.4 KM)
  • The Cavalry Tank Museum (4.1 KM)
  • Meherabad (5.8 KM)
  • Rehekuri Blackbuck Sanctuary (62.6 KM)

Special food speciality and hotel

Chapati, Bhakri and Bhaji along with rice & dal/amti are not the basic food of Maharashtra but Ahemadnagar as well. Bhakri, which is losing popularity, is considered very popular in this part of the world.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Ahmednagar has the best historical and modern attractions and comfortable and cozy places to stay. The city offers hotels and resorts which cater to different travelers and their interests. From offering luxury to budget hotels, guest houses to B&Bs everyone can find their stay here.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

▪ The winter season in Ahmednagar starts in October and is the best time of the year to visit the city. Winters in Ahmednagar are from October to March, and the temperature during this time ranges around 22 degrees celsius. This is the peak season for tourists to visit the city.

▪ The Indian army occupies the fort, entry into the fort is allowed by signing at the gate. And photography is not allowed inside the fort.

▪ There is a time limit that starts from 9:00 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.

Language spoken in area

English, Hindi, Marathi.