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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. 

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

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.

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.

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.

The 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 Wall

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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