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[ The Bandhavgarh Fort | Islamnagar | Chanderi Fort | Gwalior Fort | Rajawada | Jahaz Mahal | Orchha Fort | Madhav Vilas Palace ]

The Bandhavgarh Fort
The legendary epic Ramayana mentions Laxman, the brother of King Rama who holds the title of "Lord of the Fort". This mighty fort has its cliff about 1000ft. The Statues of Lord Vishnu in his various reincarnations cover the fort and a unique 35 root reclining statue known as "Shesh Shayya" is also located at the base. According to the references made in the ancient books like the Narad-Panch Ratra and the Siva Purana, they say that this fort is about 2,000 years old. The various dynasties have like the Maghas from the 1st century AD, the Vakatakas from the 3rd century, the Sengars from the 5th century and the Kalchuris from the 10th century, have ruled this fort. In the 13th century AD, the Baghels took over, and they ruled until 1617, when Maharajah Vikramaditya Singh moved his capital to Rewa. The last inhabitants deserted the fort in 1935.


Islamnagar was the palace of Bhopal's Afghan rulers and was built by Dost Mohammed Khan and it is locaed 11 km away on the Bhopal-Berasia road. Conventional gardens surround the palace and the pavilion. The pavilion, a synthesis of the Hindu and Islamic decorative art, has columns lavishly embellished with floral motifs. Other monuments to see are the Hamam of the Chaman Mahal and the double-storied Rani Mahal.


Chanderi Fort
This Moghul fort dominates the skyline of this lovely old town, Chanderi. The vast fort was built on a 200 metre high hill during the Mughal period. Its main gate is known as the "Khooni Darwaza".


Gwalior FortGwalior Fort
The Gwalior Fort stands on a steep mass of sandstone, dominating the city and this is its most magnificent monument. It has been a scene of momentous events like imprisonments, battles and jauhars. Steep road goes winding upward to the fort and it is flanked by statues of Jain tirthankaras carved into rocks. The magnificent outer walls of the Fort still stand, as one of the most invincible forts of India. And it is two miles in length and 35 feet high. This imposing structure inspired Emperor Babar to describe it as the "Pearl amongst the fortresses of Hind."


The Rajawada with its 7-storeyed gateway faces the main square in the city of Indore. A mixture of French, Mughal and Maratha styles, the palace has caught fire nearly three times in its 200-year history. Its lofty entrance archway above a huge wooden door encrusted with iron studs leads into a vast courtyard enclosed by galleries' rooms. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood. After the serious conflagration in 1984, it's now not much more than a facade. The new palace still remains on the north side.


Jahaz Mahal
Jahaz MahalJahaz Mahal or the ship palace was built in the city of Mandu by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji to maintain his large Harem (place where the ladies of rulers lived). This palace is two storeyed and a very elegant one, in shape of a ship and is locate between Munj Talao and Kapur Talao (pond). The balconies hanging over the water and the open terraces appear as a royal pleasure craft. In fact hidden motif of building this palace might have been to carve out a pleasure ship from stone. In the moonlight the sight of this structure as viewed from Taveli Mahal is unforgettable. The spectacular silhouette of the domes and turrets perched on terrace is sight to cherish life long. Jahaz Mahal is a double storied structure, which represents the grace of royalty, which decorated this place in the past. This palace is 120 meter long and 15 meter wide.


Orchha Fort
Orchha's fort complex approached by a multi-arched bridge has three palaces set in an open quadrangle. The most spectacular of them are:

  1. Jehangir Mahal: This mahal was built by Raja Bir Singh Ju Deo in the 17th century to commemorate the visit of Emperor Jehangir to Orchha.
  2. Raj Mahal: Situated to the right of the quadrangle, this palace was built in the 17th century by Madhukar Shah, the deeply religious ancestor of Bir Singh Ju Deo. It is the example of the Bundela Rajput architecture.
  3. Phool Bagh: Laid out as a formal garden, this complex testifies to the refined aesthetic qualities of the Bundelas.


Madhav Vilas Palace
The Madhav Vilas Palace in Shivpuri, which was the summer palace of the Scindias looks intensely alluring, dressed in soft shade of rose pink. It is popularly known, is attired with marble floors, iron columns, graceful terraces and the Ganpati mandap. From the tall structure, one can get a splendid view of Shivpuri town and Madhav National Park itself. Now this grand palace has converted in to the training center of Intelligence Bureau of Government of India, which is among the few training centers of Intelligence Bureau.


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