The Old and New Palamau Forts are at a distance of 27 kms. from Daltonganj. The forts were built by Raja Medini Rai of the Chero dynasty about 400 years ago. Intricate carvings and Arabic calligraphy are visible in the fort building. A pathway that was probably used for horsemen on the fort’s roof along the fort’s boundary speaks volumes of its history. Several bastions defended the fort from external attacks. The presently visible ruins of the forts and the dilapidated walls are proof of their grandeur in their times.