Thursday, 27 January 2011


Narnala also known as "Shahanur Fort" is an Indian hill fortress in Maharashtra, India. The name Narnala was given after the Rajput Ruler Narnal Singh or Narnal Swami. The fort was built in 10 A.D. by Gond Kings. In 15th Century Mughals have occupied and rebuild the fort and hence it has been called Shahnoor Fort. Narnala was one of the thirteen sarkar of Berar Subah. Narnala consists of three small forts named Zafarabad fort (or Jafarabad) on the east, Narnala in the centre and Teliagarh on the west.

It is a historical place since the Khilji Dynasty, and it was one of the Sarkar Subah Berar in the medieval period. The fort is known for the great Muslim saint Hazrat Burhanuddin "BAGH SAWAR WALI" and it is said that many white tigers were seen with the hazrat at that time. ADLI BEG or ATALU BEG erected many Arabic Scripts and the "TUP" named "KADAK BIJLI". It is also the birth place of Aurangzeb's great grand son. Sardar Beg Mirza and Qader Beg Mirza were the hereditary men of Mughal Dynasty in the 18th century.They to stay near Argaon 9 km away from Hiwarkhed because Shah Beg Subedar of Berar was holding the fort. It is located in the Akot Taluka, Akola District, Berar (also called Amravati Division)at coordinates of 21o 15' N and 77o 4' E. The closest city is Akot which is 18 km away. It is at the southern most tip of the Satpura Hills at an elevation of 3161 feet(912 m) above sea level. Currently, this area falls within the Melghat Tiger Reserve.

Narnala Sanctuary :

Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary, located few kilometres from Akola district in Maharashtra, is one of the famous wildlife sanctuaries in the country. The dense forest surrounding the ancient Narnala Fort was declared as the Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary on 2nd May 1997.

Spread over an area of around 12 sq. km, this sanctuary is home to various species of fauna and flora. Ain, bamboo, dhawda, lendia, tiwas, salai, teak, sterculia and kusum are some of the flora species that can be found in Narnala Wildlife Sanctuary. Animal species, including sambhar, leopards, wild boars, barking deer, porcupines and serpents, can be spotted in the sanctuary.

This sanctuary is managed by the forest authority and the Indian wildlife authority. The months from October to April are the best time to visit the sanctuary. Travellers can choose Akola Municipal Transport (AMT) or auto-rickshaws in order to reach this site.

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