Rajasthan is known for its royal grandeur which still exists in every part of the state in its forts and palaces. They are not only the cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur; illustrious forts are sprinkled all over Rajasthan. The city of Bundi is also known for some impressive structures, especially the Taragarh fort, also known as ‘star fort’. The fort is about 40 kms from Kota and though it’s not well maintained, its weathered walls still tell fascinating stories of yore.
The fort was built in 1354 AD and was in a vantage position being in the centre of Rajasthan. Even though the fort is not really well kept, there are a few remains of the three large reservoirs where water was stored in case of a siege. There were three gateways to the fort, well known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ka Phatak. These still exist at the fort. The fort’s main entrance is a considerable distance away from Kota and has intricate carvings of elephants on it.
Taragarh Fort was renowned for its tunnels crisscrossing the entire hillside for easy escape – an architectural marvel. However, these tunnels have probably filled up and are not accessible anymore. Also, people are wary of venturing in due to lack of maps. The fort is well worth a visit for the wonderful view of Kota city or just to get lost amongst the ruins and structures. The city looks marvellous in the early hours of the morning or the nights when the lights come on.
Another thing to look out on your way to Taragarh is the Prithvi Raj Smarak, a memorial dedicated to the last Hindu emperor of India.
How to get there – The nearest airports to Kota are in Jaipur and Udaipur, which are further connected well from other key cities of India. Overnight buses and trains also ply in between Rajasthan towns, so if you are already in the state, these might be better options.
Best season to go – As most of Rajasthan, the most pleasant time to visit this region is from October to March.
Entry Fee and Timings – There are no entry fees or timings of the fort. You can visit anytime of the day. The details of the Prithvi Raj Smarak are 7 A.M. to 9 P.M and entry fee Rs.2/-.
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