Daulatabad – Games of Thrones, Anyone?

Daulatabad (also known as Devagiri, or Hill of the Gods) is a 14th-century fort on the road between Ellora and Aurangabad. This hill-fortress that has the distinction of never being defeated in battle. Indeed, it was built to be impenetrable. It stands on a conical hill, about 200 meters high. Much of the lower slopes of the hill has been cut away by Yadava dynasty rulers to leave 50 meter vertical sides to improve defenses. 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.

About midway along this gallery, the access gallery has steep stairs, the top of which is covered by a grating destined in time of war to form the hearth of a huge fire kept burning by the garrison above. At the summit, and at intervals on the slope, are specimens of massive old cannon facing out over the surrounding countryside. Also at the mid way, there is a cave entrance meant to confuse the enemies.

It is huge; the outer perimeter walls are 2.75 miles in circumference. Thios area of India, historically known as Deccan, witnessed turbulent periods due to the frequent invasions and infights between the local ruling families during the Middle Ages. It is impossible to not be reminded of King’s Landing in Game of Thrones as you wander about this awesome fort.

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