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Ahmednagar Fort, Ahmednagar Overview

Ahmednagar Fort was Built in 1490 by Ahmed Nizam Shah. The fort is circular shaped, featuring 18 metres high walls and 22 bastions support it. The Ahmednagar Fort which is currently under the control of the military command of India was once known to be one of the most well-designed and impregnable forts. The Fort's defence system comprises of 24 towers and a 30 metres wide and 4 to 6 metres deep ditch. The two entrances to the fort can only be reached after crossing the 30 metres wide trench, through the suspension-drawn bridges.

Ahmednagar Fort has seen one too many invasions and has survived each one of them. The Ahmednagar Fort was controlled by many empires and rulers throughout history starting from the rule of the Mughals. The history of the Ahmednagar Fort gives an idea that it had been used as a royal prison. One such instance which stood out was when the Ahmednagar fort was used by the British to captivate Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru along with some other Nationalists who were a part of the Congress Working Committee, in a house arrest during the Quit India Movement of 1942. This fort is where Nehru wrote his book “The Discovery of India”. Some rooms of the Fort have now been transformed into a museum, and there is also the provision to visit the Leaders’ Room.

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