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Bathing tank in the Gingee fort precincts

A bathing tank in the fort precincts. After the fall of the Marathas, the Gingee fort was then occupied by the Carnatic Nawabs, who ceded it to French colonialists who had their stronghold in Pondicherry. Briefly, the fort fell into the hands of Hyder Ali of Mysore and was then seized by the British, in whose hands it remained until Independence despite skirmishes with the French.

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Gingee Fort - where war sleeps in peace

Gingee (also spelled Chinji or Senji) is a scenic stopover on the Bangalore-Puducherry route best known for the picturesque ruins of the Rajagiri Fort. The three boulder-strewn hillocks over which the fort sprawls are popular with trekkers, many of whom are barely aware that the soil underfoot has been trampled by armies of successive dynasties since the 9th century. The well-maintained fort and its precincts offer an engaging half-day historical tour. It is also popular with artists. For centuries, Gingee has been washed with the blood of conquerors. Today, the ruins sleep in peace, barely disturbed by the footfalls of tourists.

Text and photos by Yahoo! India Travel editor BIJOY VENUGOPAL