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Asigarh Fort in Burhanpur

Called the 'Gateway of South India' during the medieval history, the Asigarh Fort is the well renowned historical hill fort in Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh. It is a pass through the Satpura Ranges that connect the rivers Narmada and Tapti, and thus a significant route to the southern part of India. The Asigarh Fort was thus called 'Dakkhin ka darwaaza', as it was impossible to have a significant control over southern India without access to the fort.

History of Asigarh Fort in Burhanpur

Since the Asigarh Fort in Burhanpur was considered the gateway to the Deccan, it had always been a significant and sought after area of all the rulers of India. The Asigarh Fort was built by the rulers of the Farooqi Dynasty who ruled over the area for 200 years from the Fort. Naseer Khan, took over the fort in 1407 A./D. After the fall of the Farooqi dynasty came the rule of the Mughuls. Emperor Akbar attacked Asigarh though he could not conquer the Asigarh Fort till 11 months after which he used bribes and other unfair means to surmount the fort.

Description of Asigarh Fort

The construction of Asigarh Fort has three distinct parts. The proper Asigarh , which is mainly the uppermost part of the Asigarh Fort, Kamargarh and the Malaygarh. Important landmarks inside the Asigarh Fort in Burhanpur are the Jami Masjid and the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

How to reach Asigarh Fort

The Asigarh Fort, Burhanpur is located about 48 km s south of Khandwa and about 23 km s north of Burhanpur.

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