“Step back in time with a visit to the historic Lohagarh Fort, located in the charming city of Bharatpur, Rajasthan. A true testament to strength and resilience, this fort has stood tall for centuries, weathering attacks from military forces and the ravages of time.
Built by the powerful Bharatpur Jat rulers, the fort was a brainchild of Maharaja Suraj Mal who used his wealth and influence to build magnificent forts and palaces across his kingdom. And the Lohagarh Fort is undoubtedly one of his crowning achievements.
As the name suggests, Lohagarh means ‘Fort of Iron’, and it’s easy to see why. Protected by deep moats and virtually impenetrable, this architectural marvel is a delight for history buffs and architecture students alike. The fort is simple and functional, with an emphasis on security rather than unnecessary frills and ornamentation.
Within the walls of the mighty fort lies a treasure trove of history and cultural significance. From the three stunning palaces – Mahal Khas, Kamra Palace and the Palace of Badan Singh – to monuments like Kishori Mahal and Kothi Khas, there’s something for everyone to admire. And don’t miss the charming Nehru Park located between the museum and the main entrance, the Ashtadhatu Gate, for a moment of peaceful respite.
Built over 60 years, the fort is a testament to the Jats’ commitment to security and defense. Despite repeated attacks from the British forces led by Lord Lake, the fort held its ground, and the British had to withdraw. And with the addition of towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj, which commemorate Jat victories over the Mughals and British army, the fort truly stands as a symbol of Jat power and bravery.
So if you’re looking for a slice of history and a taste of the grandeur of Rajasthani architecture, the Lohagarh Fort is a must-visit. And the best part? There’s no entry fee! So what are you waiting for? Plan your visit today and be transported back to a time of strength and resilience.
Timings: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Entry Fee: Free!”
Of the two gates in the fort, the one in the north is known as Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) gate while the one facing the south is called Chowburja (four-pillared) gate.
Monuments in the fort include are Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas, and Kothi Khas. Moti Mahal (Bharatpur)|Moti Mahal and towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were erected to commemorate the victory over the Mughals and the British army. The gateway has paintings of huge elephants.