Taragarh Fort is also recognized as ‘Star Fort’ and is one of the magnificent
works of architecture situated in Ajmer city in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
This fort was built in the year 1354 by Rao Deva to safeguard the ancient city
of Bundi. Nestled on the slopes of Aravali hills, this fort is one of the
attractive destinations in Rajasthan. You will be impressed by a panoramic view
that the fort has to offer.
top of the fort, you will get a breathtaking view of the Bundi city located in
the Nagpahari region of Aravalli range. The view of the fort is so enchanting
that it was even described by the popular writer Rudyard Kipling as “more
the work of Goblins than of men”. Unfortunately, the fort has been losing
its charm with the passing time. However, you will still be stuck in absolute
admiration of myriad characteristics of the fort that showcases the
magnificence of Rajput rule in the region.
three gateways at the entrance of the fort which lead to tunnels and other
parts of fortifications. Several other structures such as the Rani Mahal and
Grand Canyon or ‘Garbh Gunjam’ are located within the fort which might be of
some interest to you. In fact, the Rani Mahal is a major tourist attraction in
the place and it was built particularly for the wives and concubines of the
rulers of those times. The fort is a perfect place to spend your evening
watching the sunset. Several shades of fading sunlight is cast over the city of
Bundi, making it look prettier than ever before.
More on Taragarh Fort
Taragarh Fort History
Taragrah Fort is built on a hilltop of the
city of Bundi at an elevation of 500 m. This fort was constructed in the year
1354 by Rao Deva. The fort has stood tall and firm under several rules ranging
from Rajputs to Mughals, Marathas and the British.
A grave of
Hazrat Syed Meeran Hussain is also present
within the fort. He was the administrator of Ajmer during the reign of Sultan
Shahabuddin Ghori. Right after
Qutubuddin Aibak passed away, the fort was attacked by the Chauhans and
Rajputs and during the war, Miran Syed Hussain was captured and killed in the
Structure of Taragrah Fort
As you approach the entrance of the Taragarh
Fort, you will spot three major gateways namely Phuta Darwaza, Gagudi ki
Phatak, and Lakshmi Pol. These gates are known for marvelous carvings of
elephants on them. The gateways also lead to meandering tunnels built under the
fort. The tunnels were used by the kings and other important officials to
abandon the fortress during the times of war and alarming threats.
Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to enter the tunnel as there are no
complete maps of the tunnels that are available.
Moreover, you will also get a chance to
explore several ramparts and battlements in the fort. One of the largest
battlement is Bhim Burj which was built during the 16th century. The
gigantic canon Garbh Gunjam which is also known as the ‘Thunder from the Womb’
was once mounted from this battlement. The fort also has huge water tank
reservoirs. The water stored in these tanks was supplied to the residents in
times of crisis.
One of the popular attractions within the fort
is the Rani Mahal. It comprises of beautiful chambers and corridors, tinted
glass windows, wall hangings and paintings that reflect the rich bygone age.
The famous Dargah of Miran Saheb is also present with the complex of the fort.
The Taragarh Fort offers an excellent view of the entire town and is perfect
for bird gazing which in turn lures the tourists.
Taragarh Fort Timing and Entry Fee
As per the season, the fort is open for a
specific time every day. Following are the timings of the fort:
Summers: 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Winters: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The entry prices of the fort are following:
For Indians: INR 25 per person
For Foreigners: INR 100 per person
Photography is allowed in the fort. Moreover,
you have to purchase a separate ticket worth INR 50 for carrying a digital
camera and a ticket of INR 100 if you wish to carry a video camera along with
the digital camera.
Best Time To Visit Taragarh Fort
The ideal time for tourists to visit the
Taragarh Fort is from November to March. The weather during this season is
pleasant and you can explore the fort on foot.
Tips for Visiting Taragarh Fort
1. Beware of monkeys and langurs found inside
the fort. Carry a stick to as a tool for precaution.
2. There is no facility of drinking water
inside the fort so do not forget to take a water bottle.
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 situated just 10
kilometers away from the Dargah Bazaar. From the Bazaar, you can take a cab or
an auto to the Taragarh road. The entire trip will take you around 30 minutes from