Jhalawar Fort

Water Fort of India- The House of Hiramen

Legendary structures are glorious past re-lived in hearts of every national. Jhalawar Fort, also known as Gagron Fort, is a structure on which not only the state of Rajasthan but whole India can take pride as it is a part of UNESCO’s world heritage site. Obviously, the structure, location and its importance have been the huge driver of the fort to have its name on the list of the famous forts and leading heritage sites of the world. There are a lot of facts and legends about this beautiful fortress that have differentiated it from many other forts of the world. Hiramen Parrots are unique feature that are spotted nested in corners of Gagron Fort.
This is the only north Indian fort which is jacketed by water in all the four cardinal directions and it is said that this fort does not have any foundation stone. The history of the fort has made it get a place in the list of the most popular heritage sites of the world. This fort has witnessed self immolation of thousands of women so that they don’t have to fall into the hands of the attackers when the then King Achaldas Khinchi lost the war against the invader Hoshang Shah in a wake to protect their virtue.
The fort is made from the hill only. There are two main gates of the fort; one opens on the river side while another opens on the hillside. It is believed that the construction work of this fort was carried on for almost seven centuries, and it was used for the capital punishment to the enemies. There were many kings who were impressed with this fort.
Legends
There are numerous legends attached to this fort.
The King Achaldas was also a renowned warrior of his time and after his defeat in the war against Hoshang Shah, the then ruler of Mandu was fascinated by his bravery as a matter of respect didn’t touch or remove the items of his personal use such as sword and bed. There are people who believed that after his death the King used to come to his room and sleep on the bed. A barber was assigned the responsibility to upkeep the Kings’ bedroom and in return he used to find 5 rupees next to bed every morning. It is said that since he revealed it, the sequence was stopped.
During their reigns, the Mughal King Humayun and Akbar also won this fort and carried on his rule from the same. The fort was constructed in 12th century by King Bijal Dev and with the passage of time it has seen many rulers, but there are many things which are unchanged due to some unknown reasons. There are various areas in the fort, which are known as Jalmahal, Ganesh Pol, Rang Mahal, Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, Madhusudan Mandir and Janana Mahal.
However, even today the fort is in good condition, and the visitors can see the astounding natural beauty in the surrounding of the fort. Kalisindh and Ahu rivers keep the water in the surrounding of the fort full and offer a panoramic background to keep visitors enjoy the natural splendor.
How to reach
To reach this destination is also very easy as it is well-connected to the major cities by the roadway. The fort is just 12 km from the Jhlawar City, and one can easily move there with the help of local taxi or a rickshaw also. If one drives a car, then the roads are good enough to be here and enjoy the beauty of this magnificent fort.

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