Bala Quila Fort

Open Time : 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Entry : paid

Address : Bala Fort, Bala Quila Road, Alwar, Rajasthan, India

Why to visit Bala Quila Fort

The Bala Quila Fort, also known as the Alwar Fort, is located above the town of Alwar in the Aravalli Ranges. It was built by Hasan Khan Mewati in the 15th century and has been ruled by the Marathas, Yadavas, and Kachwaha Rajputs. The term 'Bala Quila' refers to a young fort. The sole metalled route between the Fort and Alwar city is Laxman Pole. Pratap Singh, the founder of the Alwar state, is said to have entered the Fort only through this metalled entrance.

History of the ancient Bala Quila Fort

Bala Quila was formerly inhabited by Nikumbh Rajputs. Khanzada Alawal Khan captured Bala Quila from the Nikumbh Rajputs in 1492. He was determined to put an end to the practise of human sacrifice. In the 1500s, Hasan Khan Mewati, the son of Khanzada Alawal Khan, restored the fort. The Marathas, Yadavas, Kachwahas, and even the Mughals took over the fort.

Even before they became rulers, the Mughals utilised the fort as a base for invading Ranthambore. Babur and Akbar, Mughal rulers, stayed for the night, but Prince Salim (later Emperor Jahangir) was exiled for three years at Salim Mahal as a result of Emperor Akbar's banishment.

Architecture of the Bala Quila's Fort

• It is an Indo-Islamic style architectural item. The walls are exquisitely carved, transporting you to a bygone period. Each gate is named after a ruler whose magnanimity is reflected in their names.

• The fort's significant structures include Jai Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar Pond, Suraj Kund, and temples such as Sita Ram temple, Top Wale Hanuman Ji Temple, and Chakradhari Hanuman temple, all of which exhibit the historical grandeur of the past.

• The Fort is ringed by 8 citadels, 15 large and 51 small towers, and has 446 Musketry apertures.

FAQ on Bala Quila Fort

What is the best way to get to Bala Quila Fort?

The fort and the city are around 12 kilometres apart. Auto-rickshaws or private cabs can easily reach the cliff's foothill. There is a 7-kilometer steep path that must be walked from the foothill.

When is the ideal time to visit the fort?

The greatest time to visit the Bala Quila is from September to February, when the temperature is mild.

What restaurants are near Bala Quila?

Restaurants near Bala Quila: (1.82 km) Prem Pavitra Bhojnalaya (2.43 km) Ice & Spice (1.91 km) Ambay Restaurant

What hotels are near Bala Quila?

Hotels near Bala Quila: (4.92 km) Lemon Tree Hotel, Alwar (4.26 km) Dadhikar Fort (2.13 km) Sparrow Inn by MGB Hotels

Special Tip

Because the steep slope to the fort is difficult to walk, you can take a rickshaw from the main road. Only those with a permit issued by the Superintendent of Police are permitted to enter the fort. Only a four-wheel-drive vehicle can access the fort.

By Jasmine Kaur

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