There are places that have remained frozen in the past.
This is the case of Antur fort which is left to abandonment by the authorities.
This fort is located on the border, that separated the empire of Nizam of Ahmadnagar and the great Mughal empire from 15th century.
The Mughal Emperor, Jahangir and then Shah Jahan, was more and more interested in the south of India and mainly the Deccan sultanates, which were five big places: Berar (or Barar), Bijapur, Golconda, Bidar And Ahmednagar.
To face this threat, the Sultanate of Ahmednagar decided to build several forts on their northern border.
Antur fort is one of those forts, which has been abandoned by the authorities although it is possible to visit.
It is located at north side of Aurangabad, 2-hours drive away. There is a small village before the fort is called Kholapur. It is at the distance of two kilometers from the fort. The road is more pleasant to walk.
In addition, you can admire an ancient sign board indicating the fort at one kilometre that dates from the 15th century.
An ancient sign board indicating direction of fort, dating from the 15th century.
The Entrance of the fort is impressive. The view between the fort and the mountains is breathtaking.
Access to the fort is via a tree-lined paved path. It is the only entrance to the fort.
The fort lost its splendor because only few monuments are still present; most of them are destroyed by the time. There is a water tank with some buildings around.
Go around the ramparts to admire the breathtaking view of the valley which is 900 meters below. As the fort is located on a ridge of the mountain, it is the best place to observe the surroundings at 360 degrees.
Finally, the part that was to be reserved for the palace of the commander is transformed today into tomb of a Sufi saint.
Even if access is difficult, this fort is worth visiting for its strategic position and its environment. It is a great place for small picnic and to spend a weekend.