Daulatabad, literally meaning 'the city of fortunes', is situated about 15 km from Aurangabad
, more than 600 ft above the
. Formerly known as Devagiri (meaning 'hill of the gods'), it was the 12th century fortress capital of Hindu kings of Deccan. The pyramid-shaped fortress in Devagiri was originally constructed by Bhillama, a general of Yadav dynasty. Muhammad bin Tughlaq
, sultan of Delhi, named this place Daulatabad. The fort is surrounded by thick walls, spiked gates, steep graveled slide ways and a deep moat. A 5 km gigantic wall, artificial scarping, dungeons and a complicated defense system are unique features of Daulatabad.
Situated opposite the fortress is a unique structure. It was originally a temple which was converted into a mosque by the Sultan of Delhi in 1318. Post independence, the mosque was converted into Bharatmata (Mother India) Temple. A large stone-lined elephant tank, which was once a central component in the fortís extensive water supply system, is located nearby. The fort has a 30 feet tall victory tower named Chand Minar
. It was constructed by Ala-ud-din Bhamani in 1435 to commemorate his conquest of this fort. Nearby attractions are Chinese Palace, better known as Chini Mahal
, and Baradi, the residence of Yadavi queen.
is located 10 kms east of the town, and is directly air-linked to Mumbai
. The best time to visit is between July and December. Aurangabad Railway Station
is the nearest railway station.