FOURTH WALL: FORTIFIED WALLS OF DAULATABAD FORT

Yesterday I shared my experience of medieval castle hike. Today I’m going to share some more pics of Daulatabad Fort.

The fort is a place of extraordinary strength. It has very thick and elevated walls convoluted on the outer faces and is defended by large bastions both without and within the courts. DSC_0222

The defense system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls. In addition, there are ingeniously built mazes with a complex arrangement of entryways and deep rock-cut moats and trenches which can be crossed only at one point, over a drawbridge.

The narrow bridge to reach the main fort
The narrow bridge to reach the main fort

Defense mechanism of rock-cut subterranean passage is unbelievable.The only means of access to the summit is by a narrow bridge, with passage for not more than two people abreast, and a long gallery, excavated in the rock, which has for the most part a very gradual upward slope.DSC_0480

The steep hillsides at the base of the fortress dropping to the moat were so smooth that no hostile troops could scale the heights. But the fortifications were now extended well beyond the core of the original citadel.

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The dry moat around the fort

While climbing up when we reached on a bridge, it looked as if we were in some other country. The view was totally different what we generally had seen. The effect of monsoon was very much evident.  Small wild plants, bushes and creepers had grown on withered walls. The combination of brown black and green was looking very unusual.DSC_0184

DSC_0189The moat (a deep wide ditch surrounding the castle) was filled with dark water covered with bright green moss floating on the surface and looked lovely from the top. There were steep walls, green wild flora and lofty walls of the fort which was an ideal site to take few more pictures. I think these walls befitting today’s prompt Fourth WallDSC_0193

To know more about the history of Daulatabad fort you can read my previous post  Weekend Trek: The impregnable Fort

My last year’s response to this prompt can be read here

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  1. As I mentioned, Israel has a few of these mountaintop apparently impregnable fortresses. Nonetheless, the Romans — clever folk, those Romans — managed to breach them. Even today, looking at the walls and the landscape, it is hard to figure out how in the days before internal combustion engines, anyone could have conquered those forts. Yet they did.

    Yours are even bigger. A lot bigger. I wish I could see them in person. I love archaeology and ruins. I spent a lot of time exploring them when I was able. Thank you for the guided tours. It’s not as good as being there, but close. Very close 🙂

    1. I am glad that you liked the virtual tour and I was able to share the pictures with you. I used to teach this in history subject but exploring it in person was all the more exciting. I had read about Isreal in detail while going through your book.

  2. The defences are ingenious, elevated ground has the advantage indeed! amazing they built this with hammers and chisels and counterweights 🙂

  3. Magnificent walls! It makes you wonder how you built it when they only used very basic tools… Thank you for the tour, Rashmi!

  4. We have walls in Switerland, but not as majestic as yours of course. Keep writing about you local sites, I enjoy visiting and love the photos. It broadens my somewhat golden oldie horizon.

  5. Wow, what a magnificent place !! You are right it does feel like you are in some other country for a moment. I’ve never been to wall of china but I don’t know why it’s architecture gave me the sense like this was wall of china. What a wonderful place to visit !

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