Ulta Kila or the Upside Down Fort! A gigantic fort constructed by the Pandavas is upside down since thousands of years


The synonym of “architectural wonders” is “India” and this is not an exaggeration. The basic concept of construction was challenged as “new, unique and innovative” structures were constructed by the Indians and what is stunning is even after so many centuries, none could replicate the master pieces found in India.

Even in your wildest imagination you might not have had envisaged that there existed a huge palace, spread across acres, which is upside down. But to prove you wrong, there exists an “Ulta Kila” (upside down fort) which has been teasing the science to decode it since centuries.

The roof of the palace is submerged within the soil whereas the base of the palace is facing the sky. There is not even a single door or a window to enter the palace which is buried in the soil. Years ago people had considered it as a remains of a wrecked building but when they found something weird, it was brought to the notice of higher authorities and the team of excavators from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) were called but they couldn’t find the upper part of the palace which is below the ground.

The question which haunts everyone is whether this palace was constructed upside down by its creator or it got toppled due to any natural disaster. This palace is located in Kashipur, Udhampur district of Uttarkhand state.

The mystery first came to the limelight when the people around this structure discovered bricks below the grass covered land. That’s when the excavators came to the location. As soon as they started to dig the site they found that base or the foundation was annually pointing top. However, they could never know that complete structure or the roof of the palace which was in the soil.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) succeeded in discovering several ancient structures within the “ulta kila”, upside down palace. Few structures were of humans whereas few others resemble to that of animals and birds. The last excavation done by the team was in the year 2003 but the mystery wasn’t decoded.

As the team hasn’t yet found out the history of this upside down palace, the team has banned the entry of public to this palace. The upside down palace is spread across several acres of land and till date walls about 15 metre tall has been excavated. But the locals and the experts suspect that a major part of the palace lies in the ground.

Few claim that the Pandavas when in exile constructed and lived in this palace. Few others claim that the upside down shape of the fort was due to a curse of a mystical person. The residents of the area even claim that the pandavas had given this palace to their guru (teacher) as a “guru dakshina” and since then Dronacharya was living in the palace.

Prior to the discovery of this puzzling palace, people used to use this site for ” evening walking”. The excavations has found that the statues are of Mahabharata time. Hopefully, this mystery will be revealed soon.

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Hansika Raj