Friday, April 17, 2015

Kalinjar Fort is now a Ticketed Monument Under Archaeological Survey of India

Kalinjar Fort Gate
Mahmood Ghaznavi and Sher Shah Suri with their mighty armies may have failed to conqure the impregnable Kalinjar fort in Bundelkhand but in present day it has been infested by encroachers and brigands. To rid the fort of this nuisance, its custodian Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has restricted general entry to the fort by introducing ticket for tourists and visitors. The need for ticketing was acknowledged officially by ASI about 20 years ago but the order could not be implemented.

"Kalinjar is an 'abhedya' (impenetrable) fort that has survived all odds over centuries," said PK Mishra, superintending archaeologist, ASI, Lucknow, adding that "To save the fort, it is important to maintain it and the task begins with fight against encroachment. Thus, tickets were introduced."

The tourism sector has welcomed the move. "Kalinjar with its strong fortress, Ajaigarh (the twin part of Kalinjar) with its palace and Khajuraho with its magnificent temples were regarded military, civil and religious capitals of the Chandella kings who built them. Thousands of tourists throng Khujaraho but only a few travel to Kalinjar which is barely 130 kilometers away," said Prateek Hira, who facilitates foreign tourist groups in UP.

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Courtesy: TOI

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Kalinjar Fort Photos

Kalinjar Fort Walls

Kalinjar Fort - Chaube Mahal

Kalinjar Fort  - Chaube Mahal

Kalinjar Fort  at Sunset

Kalinjar Fort  - Alamgir Gate

Kalinjar Fort  - Ancient Nilkahnt (Lord Shiva) Temple

 Kalinjar Fort - Koti Tirth

Kalanjar Fort - Colossal Shiva Scultpture

Kalinjer Fort - Guest House

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Kalinjar Fort Painting by MacKenzie Colin (Year 1814)

East View of Kalinjar Fort Painting by MacKenzie Colin (Year 1814)

Courtesy: British Library

Friday, November 28, 2014

SHORT HISTORY OF KALINJAR FORT by Alexander Cunningham, Oxford University


kalinjar fort steps near neelkanth temple

 The fort of Kalanjar is one of the most famous places in India. In A.D. 1023 it withstood the army of Mahmud of Ghazni, but was shortly surrendered, and the Raja was received into favour on presenting some highly complimentary verses to the great conqueror.1 In 1545 it held out against the redoubtable Sher Shah, and was not captured until the besiegers had been roused to fury when their king had been mortally wounded by the bursting of a shell in the trenches. In 181 2 it repulsed the assault of a British force under Colonel Martindell, but the fort was surrendered on the following morning, as the Raja doubted whether he would be able to withstand a second assault. The terms were very favourable, as he received an estate of equal value in the plain.

Kalanjar is situated 90 miles to the west-south-west of Allahabad, and 60 miles to the north-west of Rewa. The fort stands on an isolated flat-topped hill of the Vindhya range, which here rises to a height of 800 feet above the plain. The lower part of the ascent is tolerably easy, but the middle portion is very steep, while the upper part is nearly perpendicular and quite inaccessible. The main body of the fort, which lies from east to west, is oblong in form, being nearly a mile in length by half a mile in breadth. At the north angle there is a large projecting spur nearly a quarter of a
mile square, which overhangs the town ; and on the middle of the southern face there is another projection of about the same size, but triangular in shape. The distance between the extreme points of these two projections is nearly 1 mile. The whole area is therefore considerably less than 1 square mile, while the parapet walls are nearly 4 miles in length.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Ajaigarh was the capital of a princely state of the same name during the British Raj. Ajaigarh was founded in 1765 by Guman Singh, a Bundela Rajput who was the nephew of Raja Pahar Singh of Jaitpur. After Ajaigarh was captured by the British in 1809, it became a princely state in the Bundelkhand Agency of the Central India Agency.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014


It is famous for the sophisticated erotic sculptures on the beautiful temples. The temples of Khajuraho are divided into 3 geographical groups: Western, Eastern and Southern. They are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras. All temples were built from 950 to 1050 A.D. Only 22 temples of the original 85 remained to date.