Tucked away in the heart of Sikar, a city steeped in rich history and culture, lies the Sikar Fort. This magnificent structure was once the crown jewel of the largest Thikana of the Jaipur State ruled by the Shekhawats. With its roots tracing back to the legendary Rao Daulat Singh, the fort is a treasure trove of fascinating tales and memories waiting to be uncovered.
Sikar, previously known as ‘Beer Bhan Ka Bass’, has undergone quite the transformation from a small village to a bustling town surrounded by high boundary walls and seven gates. The fort, however, remains the epicenter of all the excitement, with its story of royalty and intrigue being a source of endless fascination for history buffs and curious travelers alike.
The fort was completed by Rao Shiv Singh, who also built the Palaces of Sikar and the famous Temple of Gopinath Ji. Today, the fort has been divided into different parts, with a small portion being run as a hostel and another part as a marriage place, perfect for low-cost middle-class families. On the ground floor, visitors will find a variety of small shops, while the first floor houses the Makrana Mahal, which was once the court of the king. However, the rear part of the fort has been transferred to a trust and is now home to the Shri Krishna Satsang Girls College.
Unfortunately, the outer walls of the fort have been severely damaged over time and much of the historic beauty has faded away. Despite this, the fort remains a popular destination for those who wish to delve into the rich history and culture of Sikar. The vestiges of the past are fast disappearing, but the curious and history buffs will always find something new to discover and marvel at in this hidden gem of Sikar.”