Nestled in the Aravalli range, the gigantic Bala Qila fort is nothing less than a grand monument. Built as the guardian of the city by Hasan Khan Mewati, Rajput ruler of Mewat, in the 15th century, the fort is perched at a height of 300 m. The structure is strongly fortified and boasts marble columns complemented by delicate latticed balconies. The size of the fort can be imagined by its six grand gates, namely Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishan Pol and Andheri Gate. Today, tourists climb up to the fort, from where they can get sweeping views of the city of Alwar.

The Bala Qila or the young fort, was a power centre during its golden days and was passed through dynasties like Yadavas, Marathas and Kachwaha Rajputs, who sought to rule the region. In fact, the foundation of the city of Alwar was laid down by the Kachwahas in 1775 after they captured the fort. One of the few forts built in the state before the rise of the Mughals, it is indeed a treasure. It is said that Mughal emperors Babur and Akbar have also stayed here.

At present, the fort has a radio transmitter station and only a few parts can be visited upon the permission of the Superintendent of Police at the City Palace Complex.

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