Monday, October 27, 2014

Bidar Fort

Type: Land Fort- Gadhi
Base Town: Bidar
Where: 400 Kms from Pune, 190 Kms from Solapur
Route Taken: Pune-Solapur-Bidar (off Solapur-Hyderabad highway)
Time visited: Oct 2014
Time to see: 2 hrs.
Food/Water:  Food/Stay is available at Bidar, Solapur
Parking: Parking available inside the fort area near main entrance



History as per Internet: 

Bidar Fort was built by Sultan Alla-Ud-Din Bahman of the Bahmani Dynasty., when his capital was moved from Gulbarga to Bidar in 1427. Surrounded by three miles long walls and, comprising 37 bastions, this fort has five entrances. Within the fort complex, there is an old city with several monuments and structures that belong to the Bahamian era. Among these monuments, the Gagan Mahal, Rangin Mahal and Takhat Mahal are most popular. Jami Masjid and Solah Khamba Masjid are the two notable mosques constructed within the fort.

Visited this majestic fort while I was returning from my hyderabad trip. Around a Km away is the first entrance to fort area. Inside  among the hustling town lies the the Madrasa of Khwaja Mahmud Gawan, built in 1472 by Mahmud Gawan, the minister of Shah III. It is an outstanding example of Bahmani architecture built in the Persian style.




Unfortunately it was Diwali time and there was no guide who could show us around. There were several security guards and the place was well maintained.The main entrance door (as seen on left) with two bastions and the fence wall still stands basking in hot sun.




Pathway to main entrance



Main Gate


The well maintained gardens. 

The Solah Khamba Mosque on the right side was built by Qubil Sultani between 1423 and 1424. The mosque derives it’s name from the 16 pillars that are lined in the front of the structure.

The fountains and flowing water system in courtyard.

The Rangin Mahal is one of the best preserved monuments inside the Bidar Fort complex. It is situated close to the Gumbad Gate and build by Barid Bidar in 1542-1580 AD.

The entrance door with beautiful wooden carving and painted walls.


Hand Painted walls



Ceilings in one of the rooms.

The entrance door and fort structure seen from the Ragin Mahal terrace.


Various administrative and residential complexes inside the fort-


The fort is must visit and it would be a good idea to take guide around...


Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tadoba

Type: Forest/Tiger Safari
Base Village: Kolara
Where: 120 Kms from Nagpur
Route Taken: Nagpur-Umreed (Right Turn)- Bhisi-Chimoor-Kolara
Time visited: Jan 2014
No of Safaris Taken: 4

Cost per Safari: Aprox 1500-1700 inclusive of govt appointed Guide



The 2 days-2 Night package with 4 Safaris had been arranged by a Mumbai group called Nisarg Bhraman. It was excellent and very comfortable outing.

There 6 Gates as per Info available on Internet:
Moharli Gate- This is the oldest entrance to the park for excursions and the most popular. The distance from Nagpur to the Gate is 180 km. The numbers of vehicles allowed for tiger safari are twenty seven each morning and evening hence fifty four rides are available for the tourists.
Kuswanda- The distance from Nagpur to the Gate is 140 km. The numbers of vehicles allowed for tiger safari are four each morning and evening hence eight rides are available for the tourists.
Kolara Gate- The distance from Nagpur to the Gate is 120 km. The numbers of vehicles allowed for tiger safari are nine each morning and evening hence eighteen rides are available for the tourists.
NaveGaon Gate- The distance from Nagpur to the Gate is 140 km. The numbers of vehicles allowed for tiger safari are six each morning and evening hence twelve rides are available for the tourists.
Pangdi Gate- The distance from Nagpur to the Gate is 250 km. The numbers of vehicles allowed for tiger safari are two each morning and evening hence four rides are available for the tourists.
Zari Gate- The distance from Nagpur to the Gate is 190 km. The numbers of vehicles allowed for tiger safari are six each morning and evening hence twelve rides are available for the tourists.

Places to Stay near Kolara gate























Had stayed at Chava Resort. It was very decent resort and the food was great.













Internal Roads open for Safari
















Kolara Gate



























Kolara Gate Entrance



Reserved Area before the actual core area














Unfortunately we did not see the tiger. But then there was so much to see...

Found a board which was very apt...

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dhotri Fort

Type: Land Fort- Gadhi
Base Village: Dhotri
Where: 270 Kms from Pune, 25 Kms from Solapur
Route Taken: Pune-Solapur-Dhotri (Take Solapur-Hannur internal road, off Solapur-Hyderabad expressway)
Time visited: Jan 2014Time to see: 0.5 hrs.
Food/Water:  Food/Stay is available only at Solapur.
Parking: Park your vehicle near the Main entrance (Gav- Ves). It’s a 5 min walk through narrow lanes till the entrance of the fort.





Well this might not be a really a worth effort to go explicitly to this place unless you are either really enthusiastic about historical places OR you are travelling in interiors of Solapur. For me it was both and hence decided to take a look at this unknown place.  Things to see are a Dry well, A store room beneath the South Bastion and a stupendous curved staircase.





Main Courtyard


















Huge courtyard in the center and the expanse of the fort in the left (as seen from above)



The most interesting feature is curved staircase on the south Bastion.

There is small door on the right that open in huge area. Just on the left the entrance to the staircase to south bastion is hidden in the bushes. You will need to climb down slowly...













The Staircase























While coming down























While coming down- further below























The Panorama of the village from the Top
















Fortification seems to be of thick Stone and Mud Walls