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Timings : Summers: 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM,
Winters: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Time Required : 1-2 hrs

Entry Fee : Indians: INR 25
Foreigners: INR 100

Taragarh Fort, Bundi Overview

Constructed in the year 1354, the Taragarh fort is one of the most impressive structures in the city of Ajmer, in the northern state of Rajasthan in India. The state of Bundi was founded in this year by Rao Deva, and this was when the construction of this massive square began. Popularly known as the 'Star Fort', the attraction is located on a steep hill and offers a panoramic and breathtaking view of the entire city of Bundi situated in the Nagpahari of Aravalli ranges. The fort was described by the famous author Rudyard Kipling as "more the work of Goblins than of men". Sadly, time took its toll on this magnificent structure, and most of the majestic and fascinating architecture of the fort is now in ruins. You can, however, still appreciate the features of the fort that exhibit the grandeur of the Rajput rule to this day.

The entrance to the fort is marked by three gateways, followed by tunnels and many battlements along with ramparts. These exhibits are also of great interest to the tourists, such as the famous Grand Canyon or the 'Garbha Gunjan'. The Rani Mahal, which was built exclusively for the wives and concubines of the rulers of those times and is located in the same area, is also a great and famous attraction for the tourists. The place is at its peak of beauty when the sun sets, and the entire city is immersed in the fading light of the setting sun. A visit to the Taragarh Fort is an engrossing experience that provides essential details about our rich history and culture.

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Taragarh Fort History

The state of Bundi was founded in 1341 by Rao Deva. The massive Taragarh Fort dates to his reign.It is widely believed that the Taragarh Fort is the first Hill Fort in India. It is also one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan to have witnessed a large number of battles as well as rulers from Rajput, Muslim, Maratha and the British conquerors till date.

The historic dargah that is located in the fort belongs to Hazrat Miran Syed Hussain Asghar Khangswar, the governor of Ajmer at the time when Sultan Shahabuddin Ghori was the ruler here. After the death of Qutubuddin Aibak, the Chauhan and Rajput rulers together attacked the fort, and Miran Syed Hussain Asghar Khangswar was killed there.

Structure of Taragrah Fort

A giant gateway welcomes you to the Taragarh Fort. There are three distinct gateways to enter the fort. These portals are known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. The gates are engraved with carvings of elephants.The tunnels in the fort are also worth giving a visit. It would be interesting to know that the tunnels in this mighty fortress had a significant role to play during times of war since it provided a secure exit for the king and his deputies in cases of emergencies or looming dangers. Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to enter the tunnel as there are no comprehensive maps of the tunnels that are available.

Other than this, the magnificent fort is also home to a myriad of massive battlements and ramparts. The largest amongst these is the 16th-century bastion, known as Bhim Burj, on which the giant cannon Garbh Gunjan or the 'Thunder from the Womb' was once mounted. The Chauhan bastion also has some huge water reservoirs, which were built to store water and supply it to the residents in times of crisis. These reservoirs have been fixed out of a rocky base of the fort.

The Rani Mahal in the Taragarh Fort is also a top-rated tourist attraction. The palace boasts of its stained glass windows and murals, which still are adorned with the charm of the bygone era. It also houses the famous Miran Saheb ki Dargah in its complex. The Taragarh Fort offers an excellent view of the entire town and is ideal for bird watching, which makes it famous amongst tourists.

Taragarh Fort Timing and Entry Fee

The timings of the fort are as follows:
Summers: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Winters: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The prices for entry to the fort are as follows:
For Indians: INR 25 per person
For Foreigners: INR 100 per person

Also, one has to buy a separate ticket for carrying a digital camera, which costs INR 50; and a ticket for taking along a video camera, which costs INR 100.

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Best Time To Visit Taragarh Fort

The ideal time for tourists to visit the Taragarh Fort is from November to March when the weather is pleasant, and you can easily walk across the fort and explore it.

Tips For Visiting Taragarh Fort

1. You will find a lot of monkeys and langoors on your way inside the fort, so it is advisable to carry a wooden stick with you.
2. Do not forget to take a water bottle as there is no arrangement of drinking water inside the fort.
3. Try and visit the fort during the early morning hours. Walking around in the scorching heat can become excessively exhausting during the daytime.

How To Reach Taragarh Fort

The Taragarh Fort is located just 10 kilometres away from the Dargah Bazaar. Once here, you can drive or take a cab/auto to the Taragarh road. The entire journey will take you around 30 minutes from the Dargah.

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