Daulatabad, Khuldabad, and Aurangabad, Maharashtra , India


The fortress of Daulatabad is surrounded by 5 km of sturdy walls. The central bastion tops a 200m high hill, originally known as Devagiri, the Hill of the Gods. It was named Daulatabad, the City of Fortune, in the 14th century by Mohammed Tughlaq, who conceived the crazy plan of not only building himself a new capital here, but marching the entire population of Delhi 1100 km south to populate it. His unhappy subjects proceeded to drop dead like flies on this forced march, and 17 years later he turned around and marched them all back to Delhi. Khuldabad ("Heavenly Abode"), a walled town near Aurangabad, is the Karbala (holy shrine) of Deccan Muslims. Many historical figures are buried here including Aurangzeb, the last major Mughal emperor. His final resting place is a simple affair of bare earth in a courtyard of the Alamgir Dargah at the center of town.   [-- Adapted from the Lonely Planet, India, 1999]

Aurangabad, named after Aurangzeb, is home to Bibi-ka-Maqbara, or "the poor man's Taj". It was commissioned by Aurangzeb in imitation of the Taj Mahal for his favorite wife.

Khuldabad and Aurangabad

Steps to Alamgir Dargah

Outside the tomb of Aurangzeb

Aurangzeb's tomb

The tomb of Aurangzeb 

Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Aurangabad

Bibi-ka-Maqbara, or the poor man's Taj Mahal. Built by Aurangzeb in imitation of the Taj Mahal for his favorite wife. 

Daulatabad


Passage

 

Central bastion


Fortress walls

 

View from the top

  

Drawbridge

 

Minaret

 

 



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