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#6 of 28 Places To Visit in Alwar
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Near Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar, Rajasthan 301001, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

about bala quila

Occupied successively by Khanzadas, Mughals, Pathans and finally by Maharaja Pratap Singh, Bala Quila has stood at its present place for over 6 centuries. Located at a height of 300 meters on the Aravalli hills, little is known about its origin, though the Rajasthan Tourism Department’s notice board fronting it traces the Quila back to Nikubha Rajputs in 10th century.

Overlooking the city like a benign forefather, who has seen much of action, adventure, betrayals in its days and now finally has stepped back into retirement from a world that has changed in leaps and bounds right before its eyes, Bala Quila is Alwar’s oldest known structure. Ironically, its name implies Young (Bala) fort (Quila).

Visiting the fort requires a permit, which can be taken from the police Superintendent, whose office is in the City Palace below. The way to the fort is a steep climb of 7 km and you could also take a vehicle up to its grand gates. Crumbling around the edges and almost into ruins, your exploration of the fort, north to south, will be a walk of 5 km, while from its one edge to the other is 1.5 km. The ruins of the fort could tell a thousand stories from the Mughal’s, Pathans, Jats and Rajput’s golden years. Mughals had launched their attack on Ranthambore from this fort, while Emperor Jahangir was exiled to this fort for 3 years by his father Emperor Akbar, when he was was just a prince, known more popularly as Prince Salim. The part of the fort where he stayed is called Salim Mahal. According to legend, Emperor Babur, the last Mughal Emperor to have stayed here, took away the fort’s treasures, gifting them to his son, Humayun.

Your exploration takes you through giant arches, gates (darwaza) and unending battlements. At various points the fort’s walls are decorated with finely crafted ancient scriptures and sculptures. The fort actually has six gates called Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishen Pol and Andheri Gate and it is said that Maharaja Pratap Singh while carving out Alwar’s separate identity had entered through Laxman Pol. Apart from Salim Mahal, the fort also houses Jai Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar Pond, Suraj Kund. Looking at the fort you can sense that once upon a time, in its glory days, it must have been a place of impenetrable extravagance.

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Bala Quila traveller reviews

3 Bala Quila reviews
Vineet Sharma
Vineet Sharma
Mar 28 2014
One can have an amazing view of alwar from this place. One need permission from district magistrate to visit the fort.
Ankur Sharma
Ankur Sharma
Mar 28 2014
Alwar Fort - Best place to be with friends in evening...If you love to click pictures, need to visit here....can see complete view of Alwar

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