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Fort Bachhretu, Bilaspur (HP) Overview

Bachhretu Fort is an ancient fort that was built in the 14th Century during the reign of the king of Bilaspur, Raja Ratan Chand. Once a magnificent structure, it is now in ruins but is considered to be of immense historical importance in the country. From what remains of the fort, one can imagine how massive the structure would have been when it was used during the reign of the King of Bilaspur. Some of the walls stand about the same height they were built in and are a characteristic feature of the fort. This property now comes under the Archaeological Survey of India and has been open to the public ever since.

The ruins of Bachhretu Fort lie at an elevation of 3000 feet above sea level. As one explores the fort from the inside, they can easily identify most of the rooms from the remains. The view of the surrounding hills and the serene Gobind Sagar Lake is best viewed from the fort. Photography enthusiasts must carry their camera to capture some beautiful frames. Those who enjoy exploring historical sites often find themselves lost in their imagination about how the structure would have been in the time bygone and how the people of that era might have conducted activities. Some find these ruins uniquely charming and hence is a perfect attraction for history buffs and those seeking inspiration.

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Architecture of Bachhretu Fort

Bachhretu Fort was basically rectangular shaped with enormous walls built with hammer-dressed stones. The enclosing walls were approximately 20 metres tall and over one metre thick which provided a strong structure to tolerate attacks. There were several rooms inside the fort. About 15 rooms can easily be traced from the ruins. These rooms also had walls that were as tall as about 13 metres. There were also provisions for saving water from the tank that exists inside the fort. The premise also has a temple dedicated to Asht Bhuja, the Goddess with eight arms. Idols of some more deities can also be seen inside the temple.

Best Time To Visit Fort Bachhretu

The best time to visit Bachhretu Fort is between March and June, during the summer season as the weather stays clear and dry to explore the site. Mornings and late afternoons are the best times to get a beautiful view of the Gobind Sagar Lake and the hills around the fort.

How To Reach Fort Bachhretu

The fort is located on Kot Hill which is located at a distance of 34 kilometers from the center of the town of Bilaspur. Rented taxis are the best modes of public transportation. Oe can also use private transport to reach the fort via Jhandutta road and Berthin - Deotsidh road.

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