Bhatner Fort is in Hanumangarh in Rajasthan.
Nestled on the banks of the River Ghaggar, this 1700-year-old fortress is a must-visit for all history buffs and architectural enthusiasts. It was built by Bhupat in 253 CE, and its name means “fortress of the Bhati.” The entire fort is made of bricks and covers an area of 52 bighas, in the shape of a parallelogram with a dozen bastions on each side. Can you imagine the level of skill and hard work that must have gone into building this ancient fortification?
Throughout its history, the Bhatner Fort has been witness to many battles and changes of hands. From Sher Suri to Timur, Akbar the Great to Rao Jet Singh, and finally Emperor Soorat Singh of Bikaner, this fort has seen it all. It was also the site of the famous Tarain war between Mohammad Gouri and Prithviraj Chauhan.
However, today, the fort is in a state of dilapidation and ruin. Although some parts have been repaired, there is little left inside beyond the massive but crumbling ramparts. But do not be disheartened, my friends! A walk around the fort walls is a satisfying experience, with splendid views of the town and an eerie silence that will transport you back in time.
So, if you’re in the vicinity, do drop by for about 45 minutes to take in the ambiance of this historic monument. It may not be worth a detour, but it will certainly leave you with a sense of awe and appreciation for the rich history of India.