Etymology of Nandi Hills Fort
During the rule of Chola dynasty, it was called ‘Ananda Giri’ meaning ‘The Hill of Happiness’. Nandi Hill Fort is also known as, ‘Tashk-e-Jannat’, which means ‘Heaven’s Envy’. This fort was actually built by Haider Ali but Tipu Sultan completed it.
Architecture of Nandi Hills Fort
Constructed identical to ‘Dariya Daulat’ at Srirangapatna the Nandi Hill Fort stands atop the hill at an elevation of 4,851 ft above sea level. Built in 1791 by Chikballapur chieftains, the fort sprawls over an area of 90 acre. The fort features five arches with minarets, exhibiting the beautiful art and architecture of the ancient era. The walls and ceilings of the fort are engraved with beautiful paintings. The beautifully designed towers and archways of the fort act as a major attraction for tourists. The beautiful palace, which is now closed for public, was at once the summer palace of Tipu Sultan.
Visiting Information of Nandi Hills Fort
Nandi Hills Fort is 10 km from Chikkaballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bengaluru. The nearest railway station is at Chikkaballapur and the nearest airport at Bengaluru, from where taxis are available to Nandi Hills. Buses are also available from Bengaluru.
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