Manmad Yadava Fort and Caves, Maharashtra

29 Dec. The other day, after landing in Mumbai, I thought I will visit my friend Saby in Manmad. After all, it is a fifteen year-old friendship since our Pune-days.
Currently Saby is Principal of Xavier High School, Manmad, 270 km north of Mumbai; it’s beyond Nasik . And Saby was thrilled to see me.

He, with Lloyd and Youhann, made my stay very comfortable. They took me all around Manmand – the sugar cane and onion basket of India (where Asia’s largest food storage is located – FCI)! One of the most memorable places I visited in Manmad was the Ankai fort – the 8th to 13th century Yadava/ Seuna rulers’ fort on a high hillock.

The sight -if well maintained- could beat any one of Europe’s tourist attractions. But India is India – it does not value its cultural and historical heritage; it does not maintain its places of historical and cultural significance; it leaves them to the ruins of time and seasons!

So is the case with Ankai fort! The strong rock fort; it has a number of lovely pre-Christian era- caves (Gupta period?), used by Rishis/ sanyasis for meditation (at least that is what they were supposed to do!) is in good condition; you can see thousands of bats who have made these dark caves their home. You whisper a word, and it echoes and re-echoes!
It reminds me Ajantha – Ellora caves, also in Maharashtra!

Manmad Fort and Caves - of Yadava Period
Manmad Fort and Caves – of Yadava Period

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One thought on “Manmad Yadava Fort and Caves, Maharashtra

  1. Hi, Richard you have created quite an amazing blog there. It was very fun read. It is kind of similar to last trip and I totally agree with you. If these forts are well maintained, they can surely be world class destinations. Thanks for sharing this wonderful blog. Loved it ! so keep writing.

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