Top 5 forts to visit in - Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh is well known for its mighty forts and enthralling history preserved in the walls of these grandeurs. Have a look at some of the stunning masterpieces which are now the symbol of a bygone era and are part of India’s rich historical & cultural treasures.
Must Visit Forts Across Madhya Pradesh
Gwalior Fort, Gwalior
Termed as ‘the pearl among the fortress of hind’ by the Mughal emperor Babur, the Gwalior Fort is considered one of the gems of Indian forts. It is also known as one of the most colourful forts in India because of its intricate craftsmanship of turquoise tiling with a hint of glistening yellow. The walls of this imposing structure enclose some of the marvels of medieval history. The fort runs 2.4 kms and flanks Man Singh Palace, Teli ka Mandir, Chaturbhuj Temple, Gurjari Mahal and Saas Bahu Temple.
Jahangir Mahal, Orchha
One of the most dominating structure in Orchha fort complex is the Jahangir Mahal built by Bir Singh Deo in 16th century. The folklore has it that it was constructed to welcome the Mughal emperor Jahangir who happened to be Maharaja’s close friend and guest for one day. The rooftop of the palace offers picturesque views of River Betwa. The entrance gate leads to the Rai Praveen Mahal who was a courtesan of Raja Inderjeet. Her presence can be felt inside the palace as the walls adorn her large portraits.
Maheshwar Fort, Maheshwar
The enormous Maheshwar fort also known as the Ahilya fort stands on a hill overlooking the holy River Narmada. Documented history suggests that the Holkar Maharaja Malhar Rao ruled the fort, after his son’s demise, he handed over the responsibilities to her daughter in law Ahilya Bai Holkar after seeing administrative qualities in her. She rebuilt the fort, constructed ghats and temples as we witness today. The Maheshwar ghat is considered one of the most beautiful ghats in India. The intricate design of the fort, beautiful symmetry of the stairs, colourful boats and looming walls adds to its unique charm. Head to the divine town of Maheshwar and unfold the history lies behind these gorgeous walls.
Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
The architecture of Jahaz Mahal best captures the medieval royal romance of Rani Roopmati & Baz Bahadur. The palace is shaped like a ship which is bearing a long and rich history of the town. It has many memorable tales attached to it, according to Jahangir’s memoirs, the emperor explained how the palace once served as a residence to him and his queen Noor Jahan, the lamps and lanterns were lighted which casted their reflection on the water. Another tale has it that the mahal was built by Ghiyas-ud-din to serve it as a harem for 15000 women of his court.
Asirgarh Fort, Burhanpur
Popularly known as the ‘dakkhan ka darwaza’ or gateway to the Deccan, Asirgarh Fort situated in the outskirts of Burhanpur gained importance for its location. As it was perched on the hills of Satpura and well connected to the Narmada and Tapti Rivers, considered one of the important routes from northern India to the Deccan. The name was derived from the Yaduvanshi Ahir King named Asa Ahir who also built the fort. It houses a temple, mosque and also some British graves. There is a popular legend about the Shiva temple that Ashwatthama, a character in the Indian epic Mahābhārata, used to come to this temple to worship and offer flowers each morning to Lord Shiva. Situated on such great height makes this fort a unique place to experience the rich past.
You will come across more of these sagas as you visit these architectural marvels and discover the history all by yourself.