Have you heard of the magnificent Bala Quila Fort in Alwar? Also known as the Young Fort, this 15th-century fortress sits atop the Aravalli Ranges, towering over the town of Alwar and offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
This fort has quite the storied past, having been under the rule of the Marathas, Yadavas, Kachwaha Rajputs, and even the Mughals at different times in its history. The fort was originally built by Hasan Khan Mewati and later captured by Pratap Singh, the founder of the Alwar state, who entered the fort through the only metalled road – the Laxman Pole.
As you explore the fort, you’ll be transported back in time with its beautifully crafted walls and architectural beauty that showcases a perfect blend of Indo-Islamic style. Each of the fort’s six gates – Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishen Pol, and Andheri Gate – is named after a ruler, reflecting their grandeur.
The fort is full of historic treasures, from the Jai Mahal and Nikumbh Mahal, to the Salim Sagar Pond and the Suraj Kund, and the ancient temples of Sita Ram, Top Wale Hanuman Ji, and Chakradhari Hanuman. And let’s not forget the part of the fort where Emperor Jahangir was exiled for three years – the Salim Mahal.
But wait, there’s more! The fort also has 446 openings for musketry and is surrounded by 8 citadels and 15 large and 51 small towers. And did you know that there’s even a radio station inside the fort? Although, you’ll need the permission of the Superintendent of Police, Alwar, to visit it.
So, come and witness the rich history of Bala Quila Fort for yourself! The fort is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and the entry is free. Nikumbh Rajputs were the original occupants of the fort, but it has been won and reconstructed many times over the centuries by various rulers who wanted to stop the practice of human sacrifice.