Gagron Fort, Jhalawar, India.
About Gagron Fort near Jhalawar, Rajasthan, India.
Located in the south east of the Indian State of Rajasthan and around 13kms to the north east of Jhalawar City, Gagron Fort is open daily from 0800 to 1800 and has an entrance fee for non-Indians of 70 rupees. Gagron Fort was constructed across a fairly high elongated plateau within the Vindhyan Hills and further protected because it is situated between two
rivers - the Kali Sindh and the Ahu. The fort - with it's impressive outer and inner walls - has huge battlements and ramparts which vary in height from 10 to 15 metres plus there are even higher defences going up to around 25 metres on the corners. The sheer impregnability of Gagron Fort is perhaps typified by the fact that the powerfull Sultan of Delhi Alauddin Khilji
besieged it for around 11 years in the 1300s. The fort in some form of fortified defence structure may have existed at least as far back as the 7th Century. However Gagron Fort and it's Mahals and Palace was particularly developed during the time of Raja Beejal Dev, who was the Raja of Amber and reigned from 1146 to 1178. Further improvements were added to the fort during the 17th and 18th centuries.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
How to get to Gagron Fort in India. The Fort is in reality quite difficult to get too unless you have a car available. It is situated a little way outside of Jhalawar however this is not much help since Jhalawar does not have it's own railway station - the nearest is at Bhawani Mandi (BWM). This station does have around 10 trains a day coming in from Kota - however BWM is some 55kms
away from Jhalawar. Although there is an airport at Kota (around 90kms from Jhalawar) this is currently not operational so the nearest active airport to Jhalawar is some 260kms away at Bhopal. Gagron Fort (and Jhalawar) are on the NH12 so could be visited if travelling by car from Bhopal to Bundi. Alternatively a car and driver day trip from Bundi or Kota is quite possible although the
condition of the the main road (NH12) is really poor and driving is terribly slow (in March 2013). It is apparently and very painfully slowly being re-surfaced and improved so maybe in a few years will be driveable.
Despite the difficulties in getting to Gagron Fort it is situated in one of the most scenic settings of any Indian Fort. The general countryside is excellent and the views as you approach the battlements are really good - especially if there is any water in either or both of the two rivers flowing either side. Add to this the unique status of Gagron Fort in that it is a Hill Fort
which is additionally protected by Water i.e. the two rivers on three sides and also at one time a moat - and that alone makes visiting it worth while.
Inside the Fort there are several gateways and a variety of buildings including ammunition storage areas, watchtowers, internal gates and the Palace - the Palace contains several Mahals and other structures. The area is a little untidy in places with rather a lot of scrub vegetation but there are paved paths and it's fine and quite easy to walk around. You can get up onto the
fortification walls in several places and get pretty good views of the two rivers and surrounding countryside. Probably allowing a couple of hours looking round is plenty of time - and it's unlikely that there will be many other people accompanying you because it is not that heavily visited.
There are no facilities inside the fort however if you ask the people at the entrance one of them will show where a small shop is situated just along the road towards the village - where you can buy cold drinks and an ice cream if you wish.
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