The Ahmednagar Fort is a major attraction in Ahmednagar. The founder of the city of Ahmednagar, Ahmed Nizam Shah, built the Ahmednagar Fort sometime during the 15th and 16th Century. The fort has tall walls, 18 m high, which are supported by 22 bastions. It has 24 citadels, 30 m wide.
It served as a prison to accommodate captured enemy soldiers. It was also used to imprison several leaders of the Indian National Congress during the Quit India Movement. The famous book authored by Jawaharlal Nehru – The Discovery of India – was written here.
The Ahmednagar Fort underwent plenty of renovations under the Nizami King’s reign during the period of 1559 to 1562. It is presently under the maintenance of the Military Command of India.
The Tank Museum goes by the full name Cavalry Tank Museum and is located in the vicinity of the Armoured Corps Centre and School in the city of Ahmednagar. It was inaugurated by the late Gen BC Joshi, Former Army Chief and a tank-man in 1994.
This museum is the first of its kind in Asia. The Tank Museum is home to an enormous collection of tanks used by various rulers over the ages. The Mark-I fitted with a tractor engine is from the World War I period and is a major attraction here.
The amphibious tanks deployed for the Normandy Landings during World War II is yet another prime attraction here. The museum is a testimony to the evolution of the tanks over the years. It houses armoured cars and light tanks – close to about 40 of them from different nationalities like Pakistan, Germany and Japan.
The Kot Bagh Nizam is one of the major tourist sites in Ahmednagar. Renowned as the Garden of Victory, Kot Bagh Nizam was constructed by Ahmed Nizam Shah, who was also popular by the name of Malik Ahmed, in the year 1499.
He built this garden to mark his triumphant victory over the Bahamani King. Shah had laid the foundation of the city on the river banks of Sina in the year 1494, at the time when he shifted his kingdom base from Junnar to the city of Ahmednagar.
That is when he ravaged the Bahamani kingdom by seizing the Daulatabad Fort. The Nizam built a high wall all around the Bagh Nizam, which later became the noted Ahmednagar Fort.
The Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary is surrounded by the Sahayadri Hills. It is situated in the Akole Tehsil of the district of Ahmednagar. The sanctuary is replete with numerous kinds of flora and fauna.
Amongst trees and shrubs, one can witness the Chandawa, Beheda, Avali, Gulchavi, Kharvel, Siras, Aashind, Parjambhual, Hirda and Lokhandi under the bracket of trees. Wildlife lovers will be delighted in the different animals found here, like the jackal, hyena, barking deer, Palm civet, Indian giant squirrel, mongoose, jungle cat and other kinds of mammals and birds.
The Kalasubai Peak is found in the same area, and is set at a height of close to 1,650 m – one of the highest peaks in the Western Ghats.
Anand Dham was built in the loving memory of Shri Anand Rishiji Maharaj who passed away in 1992. He was born at a place called Shiral Chichondi and acquired spiritual knowledge and teachings from Shri Ratan Rishiji Maharaj at a nubile age of thirteen.
Shri Anand Maharaj set up a host of educational and religious institutions in the city of Ahmednagar with the purpose of uplifting the society. He followed the path of love, tolerance and righteousness and helped the ailing and the wounded. He is also a prolific writer and wrote for many Marathi and Hindi magazines.
The Historical Museum and Research Centre was developed with the assistance and guidance of the Ahmednagar Palika. Established on Maharashtra Day in the year 1960, the Centre initially started with just two rooms and now has transformed into a full blown museum.
Personalities like Shri Sardar Babasaheb Mirikar, Shri Munshi Ammid and Shri N.V. Pathak led the research and assembled a huge number of historic files and artefacts.
The Museum currently boasts of astounding 12,000 manuscripts, in excess of 8,000 coins and close to 50,000 historical documents, apart from the numerous other artefacts. A London map of India from 1816 and a 66 m long horoscope are amongst the major attractions in this place.
The Museum was recently shifted to Hutatma Chowk, close to the Collector’s Office. It is easily reachable by a taxi or a bus. The museum is open on all days except for Thursdays, from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening.
The Faria Bagh Palace is a lovely piece of work done in memory of Burhan Shah, the son of Ahmed Nizam Shah – founder of Ahmednagar. At a tender age of seven, Burhan Shah succeeded his father to the throne, post his death in 1508, and took over the Nizam Shahi Dynasty.
Burhan Shah was notoriously known to make an agreement with his father’s enemy – the Raja of Vijaynagar. He waged many wars with the Bijapur Kings and the Mughals during his reign.
The Faria Bagh Palace is octagonal in shape and has a large hall structured in the form of a dome. The monument is built in rough stone and plastered with the help of Stucco.The Nizam Shahi Kings used this palace as a recreational site for playing chess and bathing in the surrounding lakes.
The Bagh Rauza is a historical monument found in the city of Ahmednagar. Also called the Garden Of Shrine, the Bagh Rauza houses the grave of Ahmed Nizam Shah. The Nizami King was credited with being the founder of Ahmednagar and died in the start of the 16th Century.
The monument is built in fine black stone and lies close to the Delhi Gate. Its dome is made in beautiful gold with quotes and teaching from Koran inscribed on it. While you’re there, check out the Tomb of Ghulam Ali, a royal elephant who breathed his last fighting a battle against the Raja of Vijaynagar in and around 1565.
The Bagh Rauza is easily accessible by road. Visitors can hire a taxi or bus to reach this spot.
The Mulla Dam is located on the banks of the River Mulla and is famously known as the Dyaneshwar Dam. It falls under the Rahuri Taluka off the Ahmednagar District. The Dam has a storage capacity of 26 TMC and is the main source of water supply to the city of Ahmednagar and the adjoining places.
The water from the dam is used for irrigation in talukas like Pathardi, Newasa, Shevgaon and Rahuri. The surrounding region of the Dam is splendid and offers boating facilities. It is an ideal picnic spot to spend some quality time with your family.
The Salabat Khan’s Tomb is a much sought after destination in Ahmednagar. Located at an altitude of 900 m above sea level on the top of a hill named Shah Dongar, the Tomb of Salabat Khan is popularly known as Chand Bibi’s Mahal. Salabat Khan had built the monument for his own self.
Saalabat Khan served as a minister under Murtaza – the fourth Nizam Shah – during the reign from 1565 to 1579. The tomb gives a significant and historical insight into the death of Murtaza at the hands of the great Chenghiz Khan.
The dome of the tomb is magnificent and huge, and can be espied distinctly from a great distance. It is surrounded by a three-storeyed verandah. The tomb itself is constructed in an octagonal shape. It houses the remains of Salabat Khan, his two wives and sons buried near the tomb.