If you love historical areas and want to see the ancient cultural heritage, the best place is Rajasthan where a number of architectural monuments are standing still that can offer one beautiful experience to view the royal palaces, forts, and Havelis closely. There are lots of places here where one can find magnificent structure. The Alwar Fort or Bala Ka Quila is one of such pride monuments of this land. It is a huge fort built on the top of one of the hills of Aravalli Hills. The fort is spread over a vast area and hence one needs to go there by a four wheeler only.
The fort is established at the height of 300 meters on top of the hill from where one can have a magnificent view of Alwar city. It is believed to be founded in 16th century by King Hasan Khan Mewati. It is 1.5 km wide and 5km long. There are also various towers in the fort to keep a watch on enemies. There are 15 big and 51 small towers in the fort. There are also various 8 main opening and a lot of small openings in the Fort, which are kept for various reasons.
If past excites you indeed the enormous history of fort would thrill you. It has a huge history as in different eras various kings and Emperors have stayed here. With the passage of time, the ownership of the fort has passed through Mughals to Jats and Marathas and lastly Kachhwaha Rajput kings were the owner of this beautiful fort. Emperor Babar, Humayun, Shahjahan, Jahangir, and Aurangzeb have stayed in this fort during their rule. There are six main gates that enhance the beauty of this fort. These gates are known as Laxman Pol, Suraj Pol, Chand Pol, Jai Pol, Krishan Pol, and Andheri Pol. There are also numerous temples here which are known as Suraj Kund, Salim Sagar Pond, Nikumbh Mahal, Jai Mahal, Sita Ram Temple, Topwale Hanumanji Temple and Chakradhari Hanumanji temple. These all temples, gates, and ponds are the best examples of splendid architecture work that displays the Indo-Islamic pattern and designs. It is one of the best examples of craftsmanship used for building forts in ancient time. Those who love architecture must visit this fort as it has some excellent planning that witnesses the huge skill of glorious past.
Today the fort is not in such beautiful condition but yet one can understand the glory of this fort by its ruins. The fort is situated at almost 15 km distance from the city of Alwar. There is a police camp in the fort currently and hence to visit the fort and view it closely one has to take the permission from the superintendent of police these days. The visit to Alwar city without being at Bala Ka Quila cannot be considered as complete at all.
How to reach Alwar:
Alwar is one of cities from rajsthan who is still trying to find its mark on the tourist map as it is not that much famous compared to more prominent once it boosts of places like sariska tiger reserve, chand bawari ,bala ka quila, bhangadh to name a few intersting places , it is well connected through air via Jaipur and delhi is also not that far comparatively as you will have to take a taxi or bus to reach ajmer it is well connected to all the major cities of rajasthan and daily bus service is also there from delhi and faridabad.
Jaipur international airport is the nearest airport if you are planing to visit alwar as the city is yet to have its own airport and Jaipur is well connected by daily flights from all the metro cities of India.
alwar railway station: It is known as alwar junction and is well connected via rail route with delhi and jaipur it is not a very big town so it is always advisable to book your place to stay before coming here as the number of hotels and lodges are a bit low here.
by road connectivity: alwar is well connected tothe country through national highway 8, and apart from state transport buses there are a lot of private bus operators who connect ajmer to rest of the country and the kind of buses range from regular buses to sleeper coaches and Volvo bus service which is also operated by rajsthan state transport.