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Naldurg fort (Solapur)

Naldurga fort is a gigantic fort. This invincible fort was constructed during Adil Shahi of Bijapur. The fort walls  run 3 KM in length with 114 strongholds. The fort of Naldurg is considered to be the best example of the military engineering and architecture of medieval India.

Districts/Region

Osmanabad District, Maharashtra, India. 

History

Naldurg fort is an excellent land fort from medieval times. Legends say it was built by king Nal, after whom the city and the fort are named. The fortification was inherited from the time of the Chalukya Kings of Kalyani. The fort later was controlled by Bahamanis, Adhil Shahs and then Mughals. Chand Bibi Sultana and Ali Adil Shah got married at this fort. The Makhbara (tomb) of Nawab Amir Nawazul Mulk Bahadur and Princess Fakharunnisa Begum, daughter of Nizam ul Mulk II Mazars are at Naldrug. Individuals of Naldurg and the whole Marathwada people visit the holy place to pay respect to their late ruler. After the demise of Nawab Sahab, his successors became the Governors until 1948. The fort is intensely sustained and has fort walls that are constructed from 'deseed basalt' rock. The dam is 90 feet in height, 275 meters in length and 31 meters wide from the top. In the focal point of the dam is a room with a delightfully planned gallery loosening up called the PaniMahal in a real sense meaning the water castle. The Bori river is kept down by the dam making an excellent lake on the fort. When the river floods, the water streams over the dam in a curve and one can see the cascades brought about by this while sitting inside the Pani-Mahal while not getting wet. This is an exemplary illustration of water boards in middle age India. The 15 feet tall 'Upalaya' or bastion in the fort is an incredibly alluring landmark of the Naldurg fort. There are two guns 18 feet and 21 feet since quite a while ago mounted on this fort. Naldurg fort is a treat to the eyes and a fort which makes one need to turn back the clock !

Geography

Naldurg is a land fort, to see the entire fort one may have to walk a lot while visiting the place.

Weather/Climate

The region has a hot and dry climate. The summers are more extreme than winters and monsoon, with a temperature up to 40.5 degrees Celsius. Winters are mild, and the average temperature varies from 28-30 degrees Celsius. Monsoon season has extreme seasonal variations, and the annual rainfall in the region is around 726 mm

Things to do

There is a lot to see in the fort! 
● Upalaya bastion 
● Dam 
● Pani Mahal 
● Lake 
● Waterfalls during the monsoon rains.

Nearest tourist places

Tourist attractions near Naldurg fort are, 
● Tuljabhavani Temple 
● Ranmandal fort 
● Dharashiv caves 
● Paranda fort

Special food speciality and hotel

It is known for the local Maharashtrian cuisine.

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

There are accommodations available as per one's budget in nearby cities such as Osmanabad and Solapur. - One may find hospitals in nearby towns and cities such as Tuljapur, Osmanabad and Solapur.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

- One may visit the fort from 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. - The best time to visit the fort is during the monsoon rains or after the monsoon rains as one may be able to see the beautiful waterfalls!

- One may even visit during the winter as the temperatures are cooler.

 - One should wear weather appropriate clothing and a good pair of sandals or shoes as one may  have to walk to see the fort.

Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi and Marathi.