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Jagtial Fort – Star shaped fort Built in 17th Century by European Engineers

Jagtial Fort – The Star-Shaped Fort of the Mughal Era

Jagtial Fort Entrance
Jagtial Fort Entrance

The history of Telangana is marked with valour and grandeur and forts form an important part of that greatness. The Jagityala Fort in Jagityala town in Karimnagar district is one such shining star in the Karimnagar Tourism map of Telangana Tourism

In the 17th century, two European engineers Jack and Tal conceptualized and built a beautiful star shaped fort surrounded by water in the area. The place later came to be known as Jagityal inspired by the names of these two engineers and the fort became famous as the Jagityala Fort or Jagtial Fort.

Owing to its foreign influence the fort bears a strong resemblance to a European castle. This and its unique shape and structure makes it an interesting site. Though much of it is now in ruins, however, the history associated with it hardly allows tourists to ignore it.

Built during the reign of Nawab Ibrahim a governor under the Mughal sovereignty, the fort bears a stamp of the most powerful dynasty. It is built at a height of 264 mts and is surrounded by four water bodies namely, Mote pond, Dharma Samandar, Mupparaap and Kandla Palli. This does provide a scenic setting.

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Jagtial Fort – Lanscape View – Image Source: Jagtial Fort Entrance

The construction materials used to build the fort were mainly stones and lime. The fort was guarded by a huge wooden gate. However, the ravages of man and nature have played its role in robbing the fort of its safety cover. The door no longer is visible. However, the fort still recalls its days of being invincible by the presence of
huge cannons scattered throughout the fort premises.

The onus for creation of most of these cannons it credited to Mohammad Khasim, the clock repairer who was also responsible for building the massive cannons. One of the cannons still bears his name inscribed in Urdu on its body.

Any mention of Karimnagar Tourism is incomplete without mentioning the Jagtial Fort as a tourist place. Though in ruins, the fort reflects the glory of the Telangana history in each of its nooks, corners and crevices.

One of the four ponds at Jagtial Fort
One of the four ponds at Jagtial Fort – Image Source:

The fort is flanked by historical monuments like the Jama Masjid, a huge mosque during the 18th century, the Tahsildar office and the court building. Each of these has their own history to tell. A visit to the Jagityala Fort should also include a peep into the historical treasure vaults ensconced within the walls of these great

Special Attractions:
– The massive cannons built by Mohammad Khasim
– The scenic view of the four water bodies – Mote pond, Dharma Samandar, Mupparaap and Kandla Palli

Nearby by Tourist Attractions:
– Dharmapuri
Vemulawada Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple
Kondagattu Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple
– Pochamma Temple

Jagtial Fort
Jagtial Fort

Specialty of the place: The massive cannons positioned at strategic locations are definitely a must-see. Also the historical aura of the place makes one wish to come
back to soak in some more of the past glory.

Jagtial Fort Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

Distance to Jagtial Fort:

– Distance from Hyderabad to Jagtial is 190 Kms
– Distance from Karimnagar is 52 Kms
– Distance from Hanamkonda is 123 Kms
– Distance from Nizamabad is 99 Kms
– Distance from Mancherial is 72 Kms

How to reach Jagtial Fort:
– State Road Transport provides an excellent network of buses that ply between Hyderabad and Jagityala quite frequently.
– Jagityal (also known as Jagityala) is also connected through the Indian railway network with Karimnagar Railway Station. In 2007 a daily passenger train has been launched that runs between Jagtial and Sirpur Kaghaznagar.

Hyderabad to Jagtial Bus Timings:
– There is a bus from Hyderabad to Jagtial every 30 minutes.

Nearest Railway Station: Jagityal Lingampet Rail Way Station and Mallial Nukapalli Rail Way Station are the closest railway stations. However, Kazipet Junction located at a distance of 124 km is also easily accessible from Jagtial.

Where to stay:
– Jagtial offers a host of hotels (both budget and 3 star hotels) and guest houses for tourists. The room rates vary for each hotel.
– Other options include staying at Karimnagar which has many good hotels and taking a trip to Jagtial.

Food Facilities: One can easily many food options in Jagtial. Telangana cuisie and North India Cuisuine are available at most of the hotels and restuarents in Jagtial.

Useful Contact Numbers: Karimnagar District Tourism Office – +91 9440816070

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