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Narnala FortHeight : 3161
Type : Hill forts Fort Range : Satpuda(Melghat)
District : Amravati Grade : Medium
      Narnala, also known as "Shahnur Fort", is a hill fortress in Maharashtra, India, named after the Rajput Ruler Narnala Singh. The fort was first established in 10 century A.D. by Gond Kings. In the 15th Century it was occupied and rebuilt by the Mughals, becoming one of Berar Subah's thirteen sarkar. It consists of three small forts: Zafarabad (or Jafarabad) fort on the east, Narnala in the centre and Teliagarh to the west. The lake within the centre of the complex is said to possess healing properties and according to legend contained the philosopher's stone, though no stone was found when the lake dried up in the drought and Indian famine of 1899-1900.

Occupied since at least the Khalji dynasty, the fort is well known for the Muslim saint Hazrat Burhanuddin "Bagh Sawar Wali", and it is said that many white tigers were seen with him at that time. Adli Beg or Atalu Beg carved many Arabic inscriptions into the fort and the Kadak Bijli cannon. It is also the birthplace of the Mughal Aurangzeb's great grandson.
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      The fort covers an area of 362 acres (1.46 km2). It has 360 watchtowers, six large and twenty one small gates. The large gates are called the Delhi darvaza, the Sirpur darvaza, the Akot darvaza, and the Shahanur darvaza. The innermost of the three gate-ways is the Shahnur or Mahakali gate. It is built of white sandstone and is highly ornate. It is decorated with conventional lotus flowers, a rich cornice, and Arabic inscriptions, and flanked by projecting balconies with panels of stone lattice-work displaying considerable variety of design. It is considered an example of Sultanate style of architecture.[6] An inscription records the fact that the gate was built in the reign of Shahab-ud-din Mahmud Shah (Bahmani) by Fathullah Imad-ul-Mulk in 1486. A short verse from the Quran is also inscribed. The fort still display " Ashtakamal" eight petals Lotus which was the symbol of Narnal Singh's dynasty. These lotuses are visible on the mosques and many other places. Hence it is evident that Islamic rulers made changes in Narnal Singh's original architectural construction and converted the place in Moghul form. It was impossible for any ruler to rebuild entire fort considering the geographical location of the fort.

It has an aqueduct and drains to catch rainwater. Along with 19 tanks, four of which are full throughout the year, this ensured a plentiful water supply to the fort residents.
Ways To Reach :
      Akola is a large town well connected by roads and railways. Narnala is 66 kms from Akola. Akot is the taluka headquarters at 40 kms from Akola. From Akot Popatkhed the base village of Shahanur is at 20 kms. One has to pay an entrance fee at the forect office in the village and procced to Narnala fort at 6 kms.
Accommodation Facility :
      Accommodation can be available in Akola, Akot or Shahanur. Shahanur has accommodation facilities by the forest department.
Food Facility :
      Food is available in Shahanur village. As it takes a whole day to visit the entire fort it is advised to carry enough food along.
Drinking Water Facility :
      Water is available in the lake of the fort but it advised to carry water along.
Time To Reach :
      2hrs 30 mins from base village Shahanur.
Best Season To Visit :
      November to February
Notes :
      1) In order to visit the entire fort well in time travel by your own vehicle to Shahanur / Mehendi entrance and proceed to Mahakali entrance and leave your vehicle to proceed on foot. Take the vehicle next at Shakkar lake.

2) As this fort comes under a wildlife sanctuary and is under the surveillance of the forest department and archeological department it is strongly advised to tour around very carefully by not hurting any of the living or non-living properties in the premises of the fort. even trees have to be dealt with utmost care.

3) It is recommended to hire a local guide or a forest department officer to cover the hidden and not so well known parts of the fort.

4) Carry the map along and it will help guide the fort better
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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