Gagron Fort, located in the Jhalawar district of Rajasthan, is a true gem of Rajput architecture and a unique blend of hill and water fort.
Perched atop a hillock, the fort offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of the surrounding landscape. Not only does it have a museum outside its gates, but it also houses the mausoleum of the revered Sufi Saint Mitthe Shah. Every year, a fair is held during Muharram to pay homage to the saint, who is deeply revered by the local community.
In 2013, Gagron Fort made it to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites at the 37th meeting of the World Heritage Committee in Phnom Penh, cementing its place as a must-visit destination.
The fort opens its doors to visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and charges an entry fee of INR 50. It takes roughly 2 to 4 hours to explore the fort and its surroundings.
Now, for the real talk: This fort is not for the faint of heart. You’ll need proper shoes for the trail, a water bottle, and a cap or umbrella. Also, there are no fast food shops inside the fort, so make sure to pack a snack. And if you’re using a wheelchair or have mobility issues, this may not be the best place for you. The trail can be quite a workout!
But, trust us, the views from the last point of the boundary wall called “Ramburz” are worth the effort. Here, you can see the confluence of Kali Sindh and Ahu river and appreciate the beauty of the fort’s unique location. Gagron Fort was originally built by King Bijaldev of the Doud dynasty, and later ruled by the Khichi Rajputs. It’s the only fort in India that’s three-sided, surrounded by water, and built without a foundation.
Inside the fort, you’ll find the grand Johar Kund, the palaces of King Achaldas and his queens, the temples of Nakkarkhana, Gunpowder, Taksal, Madhusudan, and Sheetla Mata, the dargah of Sufi Saint Mitthe Sahab, and the Buland Darwaza built by Aurangzeb. With so much history and beauty to discover, Gagron Fort is an unforgettable adventure waiting to happen!