Lakhota fort is situated in Jamnagar, Gujarat. In ancient times it was the residence of Maharaja of Nawanagar. Currently it houses a museum with artefacts belonging to the era of 9th to 18th century A.D. The articles of museum include magnificent sculpture, pottery of medieval villages around the state and many others. The fort also houses musket loops, powder flasks, guard rooms with swords and semi circular bastions. The Koath Bastion is located near the fort. It is the arsenal which was built by the royal family of Jamnagar.
Pavagadh fort, situated in Panchmahal district, is another admirable historical monument which is known for is brilliant architecture. The fort stands on a high hill and is surrounded by hilly terrain. The place is visited by Hindus and Jains as a sacred site. A city was built around the fort by Sulatan Muhammad Beghada which came to be known as Champaner.
Uparkot fort stands in Junagadh and is a historical monument belonging to medieval era. The fort was built during the rule of Hindu Chudasama and Nawabs of Muslim, Mohammad Beghda. The fort exhibits beautiful architecture and showcases the ruins of ancient heritage. The fort has witnessed several phases including Islamic invasions, British colonization, Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Nawabs. Remains of Buddhist caves and a Jama Masjid which dates back to 2nd century A.D can also be found in the campus. The entrance gateway of the fort is beautifully adorned.
It is located in Darbhavati town of Gujarat. The fort was established in early 6th century AD by Siddhraj Jaisinh, the king of Gujarat. Notable architecture embellishes the fort.
Old fort is another significant historical monument situated in Surat. The fort was built in 1373 A.D. during the rebellion of Gujarat, by Emperor Firoz Shah Tughlaq for protecting the town from the people of Bhill tribe. The fort was however invaded by Chhatrpati Shivaji Maharaj.
Bhujia Hill Fort
Bhujia hill fort stands before the majestic backdrop of Bhujio Hill. In fact the city of Bhuj also derived its name from the fort. It was built by Roa Godji in 1723 for protecting the city from invaders. In 1819, the fort was captured by British Colonel William Coir.
Ilva Durga is another ancient fort of Gujarat which has been also mentioned in the travelogue of the Rathore Rajputs as well as Mahabharata. Situated at the southern edge Aravalli range, the fort forms a perfect example of a naturally protected hill fort. Delicate stone carvings can be found in the ruins of the fort.
Dhoraji fort was constructed in 1755 AD in Porbandar. It has four main gates namely Junagadh Gate in the South, Halar Gate in the North, Porbandar Gate in the West and Kathiawadi Darwaja in the East. Darbargadh, which is a three storey structure, stands in the middle of a courtyard and is reached through a magnificently carved gateway. The architectural brilliance of the fort is worth witnessing.
Zinzuwada fort belongs to 11th century AD and was built by the Solanki rulers. It stands on huge stone slabs in Rann of Kutch. It is exemplary of the perfect Hindu fort and do not bear any Islamic influences. It has four gates namely Dhama Gate, Harijan Gate, Rakshaspol Gate and Madapol Gate which are adorned with fine artistry.
Apart from being important historical monuments, forts of Gujarat also form popular tourist sites by illuminating aspects of Indian history. These forts also enrich the national heritage of the country.
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