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Gavilgad FortHeight : 3600
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Satpuda(Melghat)
District : Amravati Grade : Medium
      Gavilgad: the fort of Gavilgad took its name from the pastoral Gavlis centuries ago. They have deserted the fort. now. There are no inhabitants save the occasional visits of a panther or two and the herds of cattle who come to drink water from the tanks which once supplied water to a stately court and a strong garrison. Even to-day two tanks are in good condition but they are heavily silted and there is an abundance of shrub growth inside them which has rendered the waters putrid and useless for drinking. The tanks are known as Devatalav and Khantalav. In the monsoon the water overflows in a torrent down the precipitous hill side. The durbar steps on which princes had held audience are a favourite resort for picnic from Cikhaldara in the hot weather, the great banyan tree which has spread its boughs across them affording a delightful shade; while another class of sightseers has scribbled its names on the walls of the lesser mosque. The Archaeological department has concluded that it is impossible to do anything to restore the ruins; and though money is spent from time to time in removing rank vegetation from the walls, they are bound, as years pass by, to lapse into greater decay.

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History :
      The fort takes its name from the Gawli (cow herds) who inhabited the Berar (modern day Amravati) for centuries. Earlier the fort was likely just made of mud as were several such areas in the region. The exact date of construction is not known but the Persian historian, Firishta, records that Ahmed Shah Wali, the ninth king of the Muzaffarid dynasty built Gawilgarh when he was encamped at Ellichpur in 1425. Likely this was the date when major fortification was carried out.

In 1803 during the 2nd Maratha War the fort was besieged by Arthur Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington).[3] After two failed attempts at the main gate by British and Sepoy companies, and many casualties, Captain Campbell led the 94th Scottish Brigade (light company) up the ravine dividing the inner and outer forts and into the inner fort by escalade. The Scots then forced the northern gatehouse and opened the many gates, allowing the remaining British forces entry. The British suffered few casualties in the final assault (approx. 150). The fortress was returned to the Marathas after making peace with the British but they abandoned it.
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Ways To Reach :
      Chikhaldara is a hill station in Amaravati district. Reach Badnera on the Mumbai-Nagpur railway line and further to Amaravati. There are regular buses available from Amaravati to Partavda which is at 50 kms. Chikhaldara is 35 kms from here and can be reached by buses and other public transport.
Accommodation Facility :
      Available in Chikhaldara
Food Facility :
      Available in Chikhaldara. As the fort is huge it is recommended to carry food along.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Carry water along even though the lake inside the fort has water.
Time To Reach :
      The Parkot entrance of the fort is 3 kms from Ch
Best Season To Visit :
      November to February
Notes :
      1) As the fort is very huge it is advised to cover in 2 days span. On the first day visit the tourist attraction in Chikhaldhara and the outer part of the fort which takes around 2 hours. On the second day visit the entire fort in 4-5 hours’ time.

2) It is advised to carry a map of the fort along to help cover the entire fort.
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Forts of Grade: Medium
 Aad  Achala  Ahivant  Ajmera
 Ankai  Balwantgad  Barvai  Bhairavgad (Satara)
 Bhairavgad(kothale)  Bhandardurg  Bhaskargad  Bhavanigad
 Bhivgad(Bhimgad)  Bhorgiri  Bhushangad  Bishta
 Bitangad  Chambhargad  Chandragad(Dhavalgad)  Chavand
 Daulatmangal  Dehergad (Bhorgad)  Dermal  Devgiri (Daulatabad)
 Dhakoba  Dharmapuri  Dubergad(Dubera)  Dundha
 Durg  Durg Dhakoba  Gagangad  Galna
 Gambhirgad  Gavilgad  Gharapuri  Ghosalgad
 Ghotawada Fort (Gotara)  Gorakhgad  Gorakhgad(Manmad)  Gowalkot
 Gunawantgad  Hadsar  Hanumantgad  Hanumantgad(Nimgiri)
 Hargad  Harihar  Harishchandragad  Hatgad
 Hatkeshwar to Lenyadri  Honnur Fort  Indragad  Jangli Jaigad
 Janjala (Vaishagad)  Jawlya  Kailasgad  Kalanidhigad (Kalanandigad)
 Kaldurg  Kalsubai  Kamalgad  Kamandurg
 Kanchan  Kanhergad  Karha  Katra
 Kavnai  Kenjalgad  Khairai  Kohoj
 Kokandiva  Koldurg  Kolkewadi  Kondhavi
 Korlai  Kunjargad(Kombadgad)  Laling  Mahimangad
 Mahimatgad  Mahipatgad  Malanggad  Mandangad
 Mangad  Mangalgad  Manikdurg  Manikpunj
 Markandeya  Mirgad(Songir)  Mohangad  Mordhan
 Mrugagad  Mudagad  Mulher  Nanded Fort (Nadgiri)
 Narayangad  Narayangad(Amboli)  Narnala  Nhavigad
 Nimgiri  Pabargad  Padargad  Padmadurg ( Kasa Killa)
 Padmagad (Malvan)  Palgad  Pandavgad  Panhaledurg
 Panhalekaji Fort  Pargad  Parvatgad  Pateshwar
 Peb  Pemgiri(Shahagad)  Peth (Kothaligad)  Pimplas Kot
 Pisol  Prabalgad  Premgiri  Raikot
 Raireshwar  Rajgad  Rajmachi  Ramgad
 Ramshej  Ramtek  Ranjangiri  Ratangad
 Ratangad(Ratnadurg)  Rohida  Rohilgad  Sada Fort
 Sagargad  Sajjangad  Salher  Salota
 Samangad  Santoshgad  Saptashrungi  Sarasgad
 Shivgad  Shivneri  Siddhagad (Malvan)  Sondai
 Songad  Songir (Dhule)  Songir (Karjat)  Songiri (near Roha)
 Suvarnadurg  Tahuli  Takmak  Talgad
 Tandulwadi  Thalner  Torna  Trimbakgad
 Umberkhind  Underi  Vairatgad  Vallabhgad(Hargapur)
 Vardhangad  Varugad  Vasota  Vetalgad
 Vetalwadi Gad  Vilasgad (Mallikarjun)  Visapur