This majestic fort stands in ruins in the Ranthambore National Park, near the town of Sawai Madhopur in the state of Rajasthan. The national park served as hunting grounds for the kings of Jaipur. It was built by king Jayant, a Chauhan rajput during 1110AD. The fort was initially under the Chahamanas or the Chauhans until it was captured by the Delhi Sultanate. This fort along with 5 other forts of Rajasthan has been listed under UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This fortress was strategically placed on a hill top so as to give a panoramic view of the entire park. The view gets more beautiful as one climbs further up. The best time to visit is between September and February. Carrying a pair of binoculars is suggested as many species of animals can be spotted from the top of the hill. Standing along the banks of river Chambal, the viewers from the fort may witness the ferocious cats and other wild animals along with the soaring eagles, vultures and other birds.
It houses three Hindu temples of Ganesha, Shiva and Rama. These holistic temples were constructed in 12th and 13th century using red Karauli stone. It also encompasses the 5th Jain tirthankar, the temple of Lord Sumatinath and Sambhavanath.
Large rocky steps are the only way that lead up to the fort. With parking space and hand pump facilities, it has adequate facilities for tourists. Being one of the world heritage sites it preserves Indian culture and holds historic stories of Indian rulers. It needs to be on your list if you’re looking for a peaceful and magnificent place to visit.
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