The fact that Ahmedabad is one of India’s most culturally vibrant cities is unquestionable. A tour of the city is never boring as there is a wide array of places to visit in Ahmedabad, from magnificent temples and mosques and insightful museums to shimmering lakes and the age-old pols. But, get out of the city and an equally amazing treasure of history and culture awaits you. And, what better place to see history come alive than fortresses!

So, here are the most prominent forts near Ahmedabad that have withstood the ravages of time and are taking tourists back to the era of chivalry.

Forts in and around Ahmedabad:

Bhadra Fort Court Road, Old City
Kaligam Fort Kali
Pavagadh Fort Champaner
Kanthkot Fort Kanthkot
Lakhota Fort Jamnagar
Bhujia Fort Bhuj
Fort Diu Diu

1. Bhadra Fort

Bhadra Fort, Ahmedabad

Bhadra Fort | #1 of 7 Best Forts in Ahmedabad

Let’s start with the one located within the city, the iconic Bhadra Fort. You might not realise you are at the fort because its individual structures have almost blended in with the modern city buildings. Still, you might be able to distinctly see the fortress walls that were built with eight gates and 14 bastion towers.

Just outside the fort is the famous Teen Darwaza, which is now used as a road crossing. Other places to see within the walls of the Bhadra Fort are Bhadra Kali Temple, Jami Masjid, Azam Khan Sarai and Clock Tower apart from several lawns and palaces.

  • Location: Court Road, Old City, Ahmedabad
  • Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Trivia: As per some accounts, the fort is named after the Bhadra Kali Temple on its premises

2. Kaligam Fort

Kaligam Fort, Ahmedabad

Kaligam Fort | #2 of 7 Best Forts in Ahmedabad

Located on the northern outskirts of the city, the Kaligam Fort remains obscured from the attention of the world. Due to lack of tourist attention, the fort, sadly, is almost in ruins. But, that is no reason you shouldn’t visit it, especially if you are a history enthusiast. According to historians, the thin, flat bricks used in its construction hint at the fine Mughal craftsmanship. The fort has outward-projecting windows (jharokhas) that represent the native architectural influence. Read also – Historical places in Ahmedabad

  • Location: Kali, Ahmedabad
  • Timings: Open throughout the day
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Trivia: Experts believe that the fort was primarily built as a military camp

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3. Pavagadh Fort

Pavagadh Fortd

Pavagadh Fortd | #3 of 7 Best Forts near Ahmedabad

Constructed by the Solanki rulers, Pavagadh Fort was strengthened by the Chauhans of the Khichi clan. The sandstone walls of the fortress are interspersed with bastion towers, as is the case with most forts near Ahmedabad. There are eight gates and several temples within the fort including Lakulisa Temple, dating back to the 10th or 11th century and several Jain temples probably constructed around the 13th century.

To reach the fort, you can either trek up the stepped path with iron railings or take the cable car!

  • Location: Champaner (137 km from Ahmedabad)
  • Timings: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 30 for fort; ₹ 65-90 for cable car
  • Trivia: Pavagadh Fort along with the palaces and historical structures in Champaner form the Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

4. Kanthkot Fort

Kanthkot Fort

Kanthkot Fort | #4 of 7 Best Forts near Ahmedabad

Kanthkot Fort was constructed in the 8th century with a 5 km circumference atop a remote hill. According to some accounts, the Kathi tribe who were sun worshippers built the fort. Within its walls are three temples, dedicated to Kanthadnath, a sage after whom the fort is said to be named, the Sun god and the third is a Jain temple.

Two deep wells and a stepwell dug in a ravine to the west of the fort are also noteworthy. Equally noteworthy is its control, which shifted among numerous local clans and dynasties before finally going over to the British.

  • Location: Kanthkot (260 km from Ahmedabad)
  • Timings: Open throughout the day
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Trivia: Even though the area was taken over by the British, the fort remained in the administrative control of the Jadejas till 1947

5. Lakhota Fort

Lakhota Fort

Lakhota Fort | #5 of 7 Best Forts near Ahmedabad

Located in the middle of Lakhota Lake, this fort might just be a watchtower with turrets, but it is worth a visit. It is essentially a museum, which displays artefacts dating between the 9th and 18th century AD. As you enter the tower museum, you arrive at the guardroom, which exhibits swords, muskets and powder flasks. Further, the frescoes on the walls of the museum depict the various battles fought by the Jadeja rulers. However, the most peculiar exhibit at the museum is the skeleton of a whale!

  • Location: Jamnagar (291 km from Ahmedabad)
  • Timings: 10:30 am to 2:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Entry Fee: ₹ 2
  • Trivia: Lakhota Lake was built to offer drought relief after the inadequate monsoon rains in 1834, 1839 and 1846

6. Bhujia Fort

Bhujia Fort

Bhujia Fort | #6 of 7 Best Forts near Ahmedabad

Located atop a hill, Bhujia Fort is steeped as much in history as in mythology. It is said that the fort was named in honour of Bhujanga Naga, a snake deity considered to be the brother of Shesha Naga. Built by Rao Godji I of the Jadeja clan sometime in the 18th century, the fort is believed to have seen six major battles.

As per accounts, during the battle between a local ruler, Deshalji I and Sher Buland Khan of the Mughal Empire, the native Naga tribe helped Deshalji. As the tribe worshiped Bhujanga Naga, a temple was built within the fort in his reverence after the battle, which you can visit.

On a hike to the fortress, you can also see many entrance gates and strong walls.

  • Location: Bhuj (332 km from Ahmedabad)
  • Timings: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry
  • Trivia: Between 1947 and 2001, the fort was under the control of the Indian Army

7. Fort Diu

Fort Diu

Fort Diu | #7 of 7 Best Forts near Ahmedabad

While the forts being talked about up till now were built by the Mughals, regional rulers or the Sultans of Gujarat, the one in Diu owes its existence to the mighty Portuguese. The sea-facing fort once had bastions on its inner walls, on which brass cannons were placed; these are still there FYI.

Within the fort are a lighthouse, St. Paul’s Church, St. Thomas’ Church, bungalows built in Venetian-Gothic style, havelis, and a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Now, while St. Paul’s Church boasts an exquisite Baroque facade, St. Thomas’ Church revels in its Gothic-inspired architecture.

  • Location: Diu (347 km from Ahmedabad)
  • Timings: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Entry Fee: Free entry; ₹ 2 for lighthouse
  • Trivia: The jetty at Fort Diu has been operational since the time of the Portuguese

India really is amazing, isn’t it? Everywhere you go you find something new. So while visiting these forts, you might unearth some more historical treasures. Book hotels in Ahmedabad

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