Ahmednagar a small town in Maharashtra situated in Ahmednagar district is a home of India’s unusual, toughest and a great fort. The fort was built by Malik Ahmad Nizam who belonged to Nizam dynasty which later occupied by Mughal’s. Bult-in 1427, it was completely made up of mud later fortified in 1559. After the death of Aurangzeb, the last emperor of Mughal dynasty, the fort was won by the Marathas. In 1803, during 2nd Anglo-Maratha war, the East India Company succeeded the fort and used the fort as a prison. After India got independence from British, Indian army captured the fort for Indian Armour Corps.
It was my dream to do a crazy trip. With a long weekend reason, I went to Kalyan bus depot in the early morning and caught a random bus. It was Ahmednagar bus. sudden the moment, I searched Google for more information regarding Ahmednagar city. 5 hours long journey took me to the Ahmednagar city. The fort is situated just 3 km from the main bus depot.
The strange thing about this fort is it’s not open for public. As it is controlled and monitored by Indian Armour Corps, it is not permitted for normal tourist to visit the fort. Only two occasions authorise the normal tourist to explore the fort i.e. Republic Day (26th January) and Independence Day (15th August). I was lucky that I went on 26th January. The fort hosts the Indian flag on both the occasions. The fort is in an oval shape which is surrounded by 9 feet wide water bodies which were used to prevent the enemy attacks.
When the fort was under the rule of East India Company rule, they used the fort as a prison. Quit India Movement started from Ahmednagar and many National Indian Congress party leaders were imprisoned at Ahmednagar fort. After India got independence, Indian Armour Corps made this fort a base for training and school purpose. Hence it is not permitted for normal tourist to visit the fort on regular days.
The fort has a prison to see. There is a 2 km long walk on the edges of the fort. The in-between area of the fort contains the forest and wild trees. With all historical knowledge, the trip ended on good notes and with more travel memories.
Unknown and interesting facts about Ahmednagar Fort:
- Aurangzeb, the last ruler of Mughal died at Ahmednagar fort at his eightieth age.
- The fort is only open on 26th January and 15th August for normal tourist.
- Ahmednagar fort is administered by Indian Armour Corps and it is a base for their training.
- During Quit India Movement, Britishers imprisoned Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Maulana Abdul Azad Kalam and many others at Ahmednagar fort.
- During imprisoned at Ahmednagar fort, Jawaharlal Nehru wrote his famous book – Discovery of India.
- Cleanliness: 9/10
- Budget: 9/10
- Suitable for: All
- Food: 10/10
- Shopping: 2/10
- Overall: 9/10