Situated at the top of a mound in the Satpura Hills, located some 160 km from Indore, is the historically and strategically important Asirgarh Fort. Contrary to its appearance of one single fort, it is a collection of 3 forts known as Asirgarh, Karmargarh and Malaygarh. A fine example of the fusion of Mughal, Indian, Persian and Turkish architectural styles in its glory days, this fort now lies in ruins. Famously dubbed as the 'Key of Deccan' by some historians, the Asirgarh Fort holds several stories that are worth the exploration!
Nestled amidst the Satpura Range
The majestic fifteenth-century Asirgarh Fort was earlier know as Asa Ahir Garh, on account of the ruler who built it- Emperor Asa Ahir of Ahir Dynasty. The fort complex has been constructed out of stone, lead and limestone and the most peculiar feature observed here, is that it houses a temple, a mosque and a gurudwara.
Asirgarh Fort frequently changed ownership, from Asa Ahir to Nasir Khan and Mughals to Britishers, owing to the conspiracies hatched and wars fought over its control. Further, post the departure of Britishers, the iconic fusion architecture of this fort has been lost to the ravages of time.
Moreover, it is believed by the locals that Asirgarh Fort is a haunted place because Ashwathama, a character from the Indian epic Mahabharat, roams its corridors. As per the stories, many have encountered Ashwathama here, asking for turmeric and oil to apply on his wounds and supposedly, none of these people have been able to retain their sanity.
Straighten out the details for a post-pandemic scenic road trip to Asirgarh Fort, to experience its grandeur that will transport you to a different era. Remember to tag along with a travel partner who wouldn't run away if you experience the heebie-jeebies, in case the folklore has any truth attached to it! Also, don't forget to carry a pair of binoculars so that you can enjoy the sweeping view of the town from the top.
Timings: 10 AM to 5 PM
Location: Asha Devi Road, Burhanpur