Bhuikot Fort

Bhuikot Fort, Solapur: Address, Bhuikot Fort Reviews: 4/5

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Debarati D
Navi Mumbai, India1,748 contributions
Dec 2014 • Family
The Solapur Fort, also known as the Bhuikot fort is said to have been built during the reign of the Bijapur Sultanate of which Solapur was a part. This fort, dating back to the 14th century CE according to many historians, displays great technical and architectural finesse. Emperor Aurangzeb resided on this fort for a year between 1685-86 AD. Between 1795 and 1818 this fort was in the hands of the Maratha rulers. Bajirao Peshwa II lived in the fort.It is one of the few land forts, as distinct from forts built on hilltops. Hence the name 'Bhuikot' - a fort built on flat land.
The remains of this irregular and oblong shaped fort consists of a double row of ramparts on which one can walk around. Certain portions are broken though. There are remains of a few buildings inside the fort including the remains of what seemed to be an ancient temple. In fact tiles with hindu motifs can be found on some of the structures inside the fort.These were probably reused from the ruins of the temple.
The fort forms a backdrop for the famous Siddeshwar temple of Solapur and this temple along with an adjoining lake is visible from the top of the tallest tower.
There is a lawn and a garden which is a favourite haunt of the locals to spend some leisure time with their families. But better maintenance is definitely required to make this place more attractive.
The description on the tablet put up by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) should be more legible and the dates mentioned in it seemed doubtful to me. Maybe historians can verify its authenticity.
A must visit for those who have special interest in history.
Written January 16, 2015
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RAMESH K
Nashik, India1,095 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
Interesting facts about a city I visited for the first time.
During our recent visit to Pandharpur we also visited the city of Solapur at a distance of 65 kms. I had only known Solapur as being famous for cotton chaddars and towels. That it has a rich history associated with it came as a surprise to me. Solapur at different times in history has been ruled by Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Yadavas, Kalchuris & Bahamani dynasties respectively. It's population is 15 lacs. Being close to Karnataka & Andhra (now Telengana) borders, in addition to Maratha it also has the cultural influence of both these states. Besides textiles, Solapur district is a major producer of sugar & beedi.

Solapur has a fort known as Bhuikot fort ( bhui means land and kot means fort - as this fort was built on land as against the other forts in Maharashtra built on hills !!). It was built in 1656 ( exactly 300 years before my birth !!! ) by Adil Shah. The fort later came under Maratha control. There is a well laid out garden inside the fort and it is enjoyable climbing the ramparts of the fort and getting a view of the surroundings. The fort also has an outer wall with a moat running all around. There are ruins of a Hindu temple that in its hey days may have been a large impressive structure. A mosque & dargah are also located within the premises. Two large cannons placed strategically in the garden welcome you as you enter the fort premises. It is now under ASI and there is an entry fee of Rs 15. From the top of the fort one gets a beautiful view of the Siddeshwar temple complex and the lake around it. More about the temple in my next post.
A visit to the fort was followed by a visit to Kamat restaurant that serves yummy South Indian snacks. Solapur is also an important railway junction and it was a pleasant surprise to find the platforms spic & span!! The overnight train to Mumbai took
Written June 30, 2016
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Masayoshi
Fujisawa, Japan3,948 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
I'm a fort mania.
This fort has become my 99th Fort visit in India.
From that perspective, I would call this just a park.
Some features of a fort can be found, but not many.

As a park, not many special features are there.

This can be a place for some relaxing time for local people here as located at the center of the city.

Not for the tourists, I'm afraid.
Written July 22, 2017
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DrPrashantMohite
23 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
This is a huge fort built in 15th century shows the solidarity of the builders in that era. The walls still standing tall all along, the fort stands proudly in the center of the city. Decade ago, only few parts of the fort were open to public. Later with initiative of corporation, gardens were developed in several parts of the fort, making the fort accessible to public. Recently, some inner parts are cleaned and opened to the public.
Views from the top especially overlooking Siddheshwar temple and lake are breathtaking.
Written December 9, 2015
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AnamikaVed
139 contributions
Jan 2020
This is old and historical place to visit. Beautiful place for visit. Peaceful environment. There was beautiful park also.
Written January 12, 2020
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Harsh B
Solapur, India20 contributions
Jan 2019 • Solo
Beautification of surrounding areas in progress as smart city project. Walking track, fountains, green space development works are being done.
Written January 15, 2019
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ayushagarwals022
Bareilly, India164 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Very old fort of Shivaji maharaj. loved the architecture of the fort. Went here along with the family and had a nice picnic time.
Written April 24, 2018
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Satvik S
56 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
.This for has a pure historical essence in it. The fort is huge and provide knowledge about the history .This is a good spot for tours and trips....
Written June 16, 2017
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Venu K
12 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
Historical place of the great shivaji maharaj in Solapur.... This fort is very oldest bc 1500 since........
Written March 16, 2017
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travel m
107 contributions
Nov 2016 • Couples
This is a well maintained fort. Must spot the temple ruin in the left extreme corner of the site as you enter the gates. This was demolished and built over and was later uncovered by the britishers
Written November 9, 2016
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