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Lohagarh Fort

History

The Lohagarh Fort or the ‘Iron fort’ is situated at Bharatpur in the state of Rajasthan. It was constructed by one of the Bharatpur Jat rulers, Maharaja Suraj Mal, who was also responsible for building several other forts and palaces across his kingdom.

Lohagarh Fort was said to be the strongest fort ever built in Indian history. The fort withstood countless attacks of the British army led by Lord Lake in 1805, when they laid siege here for over six weeks. The British forces lost about 3000 men and were forced to retreat and strike a compromise with the king. There are two gates in the fort, with the one facing north called the Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) gate while the other facing south is called Chowburja (four-pillared) gate.

The monuments of note within the fort are Kothi Khas, Kishori Mahal and Mahal Khas. The Moti Mahal and towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were built in remembrance of the victories of the king over Mughals and the British army. The fort is surrounded with moat that was once filled with water to keep out enemies.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Lohagarh Fort and Bharatpur itself is between the months of October and February.

Trivia

Lohagarh Fort is different in appearance from the other forts in Rajasthan, with little heed paid to design, and strength and magnificence being the points of importance instead.

Timing

The fort opens at 9:00 am and closes at 5:30 pm, with the last entry allowed at 4:30 pm.


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