Constructed in 12th Century, the impregnable Gawilgarh fort is surrounded from three sides with vertical gorges and the fourth side with a lake. The fort provides a defensive position that acted as a vantage point, making it impossible to penetrate. Taking a journey into these ruins today to find out more about this remarkable fortification.
The Brief History of Gawilgarh Fort
The history of Gawilgarh fort goes back to the 12th century, when under aegis the Gawli king of Central India, the foundations of this fort was laid. The fort allows a dominating position up the hills and gives and all round observation of the area. In the year 1425, the fort was further strengthened both with the purpose of protection to the citizens as well as defence.
The deep gorges on the three sides are almost a vertical cliff and trying to create a foothold from the bottom to penetrate inside is out of question. The only way to see the fort is from the other side of the valley, but that will bring the enemy directly into the fire zone of the fort canons, leaving them with lesser option to make an entry. A lake on the right of the fort provides an obstacle from further penetration into the fort, should all fail.
The fort is essentially divided into outer and inner perimeter with a wall separated by an entry gate. The gap between the walls is 30 feet. The outer perimeter is lined with parapet walling from inside which clearly allowed the troops observation as well as vantage point.
I reached here to witness the ruins of this remarkable fortification. However, with its increasing popularity, the fort has been given due importance and the repairs and restoration work of the fort is in progress. The fort is still accessible for the hikers though.
Entering through the main gates, the parapet walls on the left allows one to walk over them and witness the views in front. The inside gate to the right takes you further into the fort and is the start point of a 6 km rocky trail. The other end of the fort is visible from the inside gates and is separated by a shallow bowl in front, negotiable by walk.
Due to restoration work in progress, most of the parts of this fort were inaccessible, but the trail is still open for hikes. With a 12 km round trip distance and a walk over a treacherous rocky terrain, the fort can be a challenge to take. The fort has the potential for many adventure activities once the restoration is completed and is ready for use.