Ahmednagar is a place where Mughal-era forts and tombs, shrines of saints, temples of gods, a wildlife sanctuary for blackbucks and a defense establishment come together to give the tourist an experience of a different kind. It is also a city from where you can plan other excursions to make your holiday more enjoyable.
Located 120 kilometers from both Pune and Aurangabad, the town of Ahmednagar was established in 1494 by Ahmad Nizam Shah on the site of a more ancient city, Bhingar. With the break-up of the Bahmani Sultanate, Ahmed set up a new sultanate in Ahmednagar, also known as the Nizam Shahi dynasty. It is no wonder then that you will find here many Mughal-era buildings. The most prominent structure, though, is the Ahmednagar Fort, once considered the second-most impregnable fort in India. It was used by the British rulers to house Jawaharlal Nehru and other Indian nationalists before Independence. A few rooms there have now been converted to a museum. In fact, it was during his confinement here in 1944 that Pandit Nehru wrote the famous book, ‘The Discovery of India’.