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Situation : Rohtas District of Bihar

Drawing Cards : Ganesh temple, Aina Mahal, Takhte Badshahi, Jama Masjid

The Rohtasgarh Fort is located in the district of Rohtas which is at a distance of 45 kilometres from Dehri and from Sasaram its just 39 kilometres away. It is is the situated on the hills of Kaimur .The name of the fort comes from a character in mythology, Rohitashwa who was the son of the great King Harishchandra. When the kings life was in danger he stayed here. The construction of the fort is on a height of 1500 feet on a plateau above sea level. There are 2000 steps to climb this hill till the top. After climbing all the steps you will reach the gate of the fort. From this gate the Rohtasgarh Fort is at a distance of 2 kilometres, this fort is a stunning example of the Mughal style of architecture.

As we all know history is a subject which is very long and intresting so is the case with the history of the Rohtasgarh Fort. Though the origin of the fort has lost its existence in history, the monuments that you can see here have their origin from the era of Sashanka King of the 7th century. Prithviraj Chauhan captured this fort in the medieval era. The prominence of this fort was raised when this was taken over in 1539 by Sher Shah Suri by a Hindu King. When Sher Shah Suri was ruling there were 10,000 men guarding this fort. Jama Masjid was constructed in the interior of the complex of the fort by a solider of Sher Shah Suri, Haibat Khan. Man Singh, general of Akbar looked over the fort in 1588. Takhte Badshahi was the palace that was built Aina Mahal was also constructed for his main wife and in the front gate was the Hathiya Pol.

Habsh Khan's Mausoleum, the Makbara of Shufi Sultan and Jami Masjid are the other structures on the outer side of the palace. After taking a walk for a kilometre you will find the palace of Man Singh and a temple of Lord Ganesh which was constructed in the Rajputana style of architecture. Most of the part of the fort was destroyed by the British after the war of Buxar and capturing Rohtasgarh Fort. The presence of several Muslim and Hindu structures that are present in the fort displays the rich and wonderful past of the Rohtasgarh Fort. The architecture of the building is called the Indo-Islamic style with a local touch in it.

   
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