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Asmangarh Fort
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We could all stand to learn a few lessons from the older generations, especially the kingly ones. Despite a hectic schedule of conquering, destroying, scheming and pillaging, they found the time for random acts of mindless violence, like big-game hunting. They took off for god-forsaken lands, gave up all pretense of civilization, and lived like bloodthirsty barbarians. In fully-furnished, luxurious villas. With servants, cooks and little brown boys to operate the punkahs. Ain't life grand when you're the king?

So when Sir Asman Jah built the fort that bore his name in 1885, he just thought of it as a picturesque mansion to bring his gaming buddies and other important statesmen (he was Prime Minister of the State for a while). But the beautiful palace drew attention for more than just being a pleasant place to hang out at. The architecture is extremely Gothic, and the fort is at once grandiose and completely serene. You can see why it was a favorite with the lords and the ladies.

When Asmangarh changed hands and came into the Nizams' family, there was a small addition by way of a turban-shaped gateway to mark tribute to the seventh Nizam, Mir Osman Ali Khan, who initially considered using the palace to house the Osmania University.

Now the Asmangarh Fort shares its neighbourhood with a TV tower, and has children running up and down its magnificent corridors. St Joseph's Public School takes care of this endangered heritage monument, and in turn the rambling fort lets the little brats rampage around its vastness, finding hiding places and secret spots that haven't been stirred for ages.

Note: If you want to visit Asmangarh Fort, you will need to take permission from the King Kothi branch of the School at 2323-5665.
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    If you want to visit Asmangarh Fort, you will need to take permission from the King Kothi branch of the Saint Joseph's Public School at 2323-5665.
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nithi on 15th Apr 2013, 5:00pm | Permalink
Thanks for sharing the post...
Despite a hectic schedule of conquering, destroying, scheming and pillaging, they found the time for random acts of mindless violence, like big-game hunting.Next week i visit this place for that we Book Bus Tickets through ticketgoose.com.

Thank you......
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Indian on 29th Oct 2013, 5:32pm | Permalink
Is it? So why visit places built by these "barbarians"? Typical hypocrite with half baked knowledge...
Anand on 20th Aug 2012, 6:56pm | Permalink
I remember there was a museum in this fort 20 years ago. I loved visiting the museum when I was in High School. There were many sculptures, swords etc in the museum. Since it was not well known, it was not at all crowded.Hope the school authorities are taking required care to preserve this ancient monument
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