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India: Daultabad

The steps to the citadel of Daultabad
The citadel of Daultabad lies at the top of a very long staircase

Ellora is impressive, but so is another sight around Aurangabad, the mighty Daultabad Fort. Always a sucker for a good fort, I stopped off at Daultabad on the way back from Ellora, and I wasn't disappointed. Soaring from the desert plains is a mountain that forms the perfect natural defence, with sheer cliff walls petering out into a hilly crown that makes an excellent setting for a fortress. But even though the fort is a wonderful sight and provides great views of the surrounding desert hills, it's the story behind Daultabad that gives it an atmosphere all of its own.