The history of Telangana is marked with spirit and grandeur and forts form an important part of that greatness. The Jagityal Fort in Jagityala town, Karimnagar district is one such great heritage spot. The Mughal dynasty used it as a Defence Fort in the 17 century. During the 17th century, the fort was designed by two European engineers, Jack and Tal.

It is surrounded by four water bodies Mote pond, Dharma Samandar, Mupparaap and Kandla Palli. The place, later known as Jagtial, was inspired by the names of these two engineers. True to its name, the fort is a must visit for heritage lovers and tourists keen on culling out the history of rulers and dynasties. It bears a strong resemblance to the castles of Europe.

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According to Archaeological Department officials, it was built during the reign of Nawab Ibrahim, a Governor in the Mughal dynasty. The fort has two wooden gates, which were lifted by using pulleys. This is the only star-shaped fort in the State with a moat (water body).

History says that there used to be a row of rooms for the storage of ammunition at this fort. Though a majority of structures of the fort have been destroyed over the years, the well is safe and provides water to locals in the region.Located about 50 km from the Karimnagar district headquarters, the fort stands as a testimony to the bravery of soldiers who fought here.

The fort is flanked by historical monuments like the Jama Masjid, a huge mosque during the 18th century, the Tahsildar office and the court building. Each of these has their own history to tell. A visit to the Jagityala Fort should also include a peep into the historical treasure vaults ensconced within the walls of these great structures.

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Jagtial Fort Special Attractions:
The massive cannons built by Mohammad Khasim
The scenic view of the four water bodies – Mote pond, Dharma Samandar, Mupparaap and Kandla Palli

Nearby by Tourist Attractions
Dharmapuri
Vemulawada Raja Rajeshwara Swamy Temple
Kondagattu Sri Anjaneya Swamy Temple
Pochamma Temple
Jagtial Fort Timings: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM daily.

How to reach Jagtial Fort:
TSRTC provides an excellent network of buses that ply between Hyderabad and Jagityala quite frequently.
Jagityal (also known as Jagityala) is also connected through the Rail daily passenger train has been launched that runs between Jagtial and Sirpur Kaghaznagar.
Nearest Railway Station: Jagityal Lingampet Rail Way Station and Mallial Nukapalli Rail Way Station are the closest railway stations.
However, Kazipet Junction located at a distance of 124 km is also easily accessible from Jagtial.

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Where to stay:
Jagtial offers a host of hotels (both budget and 3 star hotels) and guest houses for tourists.
The room rates vary for each hotel.
Other options include staying at Karimnagar which has many good hotels and taking a trip to Jagtial.

Food Facilities: One can easily many food options in Jagtial.
Telangana cuisie and North India Cuisuine are available at most of the hotels and restuarents in Jagtial.