Chunar Fort, Mirzapur

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The Chunar Fort is an ancient and famous fort located in Chunar. It was constructed during the 16th century by Maharaja Vikramaditya, the King of Ujjain for his brother Raja Bharthari. Legend has it that Raja Bharthari died and took Mahasamadhi at this fort. Much later, during the Mughal era, it was visited by Babur, the founder of Mughal dynasty in India. Over time, it changed several hands and was captured by the British East India Company and used as a depot for their arms and ammunition.

The fort is a solid structure that stands on a rock overlooking the Ganges. Due to the steep slope, the rocky fort is practically impregnable. This is probably why it survived attacks over the years.

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