Kalinjar fort, situated at the height of 700ft, on the ancient land of Jejakbhukti, an integral part of Bundelkhand, accessible through seven gateways namely Alamgir Darwaza, Ganesh Dwar, Lal Darwaza, Buddh Bhadra Darwaza, Hanuman Dwar, Chauburji Darwaza and Bara Darwaza. The fort and the town were of strategic importance during madieval times. The fort was a Chandela stronghold from the 9th to the 15th centuries and remained invincible upto the time of the Mughals, Akbar finally conquered it in 1569 and gifted it to Birbal, one of the "nine jewels" of his court. From Birbal it went to the legendary Bundela warrior, Chhatrasal and thence to Hardev Shah of Panna Before being captured by the British in 1812.
How to reach there:
Air: Nearest airport is Khajuraho-130 km.
Railhead: The nearest railway station is Atarra-36 km, on the Banda-Satna route. Kalinjar is 147 km from Jhansi.
Road: It is linked by road to all important centres in the region with regular bus services.
Forest Rest House.
What to see:
Within the fort are two palaces- the Raja Mahal and the Rani Mahal, as well as several other places of interest.
Sita Sej, a small cave containing a stone bed and pillow once used by hermits.
A reservior known as Patal Ganga; Pand-Kund, where water trickels from the horizontal crevices of stratified rocks.
Budha-Budhi taal, whose waters are believed to possess healing qualities.
Bhairon-ki-jharia or Manduk Bhairon; the Mrigdhara or Antelope's spring situated within an inner chamber of the rampart.
Koti Tirth, which is an important place of pilgrimage where lepers are believed to be cured.