Janjira fort : An age-old marvel in pictures

When I decided to do a solo trip along the Konkan coastline in Maharashtra, I hadn’t even heard of Murud. The region was as new to me as India for someone living in Mexico all their lives. So, I asked for help with destinations and itinerary, on a Facebook travel group for women. There, a kind lady suggested a few lesser known towns I could explore over 12 days, Murud being one of those.

After a longer than expected rickety bus ride from Mumbai, I got down in the dark streets of what looked like a sleepy little town. Little did I know that the next morning would bring incredible sights of ancient yet brilliant architecture, along with picturesque sea shores and colorful boats!

While browsing the list of ‘things-to-do’, I had actually decided to skip the fort thinking it would be touristy and over-hyped. But I visited on my host’s recommendation and couldn’t thank him enough. In the middle of the Arabian Sea lies this strong piece of architecture that can only be reached by water. Thousands of years old, this marvel is a delight for heritage lovers. Though some of its parts are in ruins now, most of it is still intact. I won’t blabber much about it because all the relevant historical information is already on Wikipedia.

Here are some pictures. It was a difficult task to choose just twelve.

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Surrounding walls. The entrance is not visible until you’re almost there.
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One of the many spectacular views.
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This pond in the middle of the fort is believed to have sweet water, even though the building stands amidst salty sea water.
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Gadgets of bygone era!
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As seen from the window seat 😉
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‘Huge’ would be an understatement.
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It’s a maze in there. I’d recommend going with a guide for better experience.
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Engraved!
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The sweet water pond as they said. I couldn’t dare to taste and find out.
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A bit greener as I visited during Monsoon.
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This is just one side of the entire monument. Sigh!
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That’s how you reach/leave.

All in all, I was enthralled by the enormity as well as the history of this place. Have you been to Murud and/or Janjira Fort? What’s that one piece of architecture that you found unexpectedly incredible? Let me know in comments.

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10 comments

  1. The Unconquered Fort, first build in 14th century.
    The only Fort which The Great Shivaji couldn’t capture.

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