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Rajgarh: The Erstwhile Capital Of The Rajput Rulers Of Alwar In Rajasthan

Rajgarh, the quaint town in Alwar district in Rajasthan, India is a place to visit for those wanting to know about the Rajasthan’s royal past. The town located near the famous Sariska National Park, has an ancient fort, old temples and a story of a glorious era.

Remains of past Rajputana glory

Rajgarh is now a small town but was once a capital city under the rule of Raja Pratap Singh. The erstwhile king built the fort in the 18th century on a hilltop to establish his kingdom. However, when the king captured another fort Bala Quila in Alwar, the capital was shifted there. Rajgarh was once a rich town brimming with growing commerce & trade, exceptional art forms and multiple temples. The fort was also known for its amazing architecture. It was used as a summer palace by the kings later on and its Sheesh Mahal with its frescoed art walls was once a major attraction. However, with time the glory of the town depleted as Alwar become the attention of the royalties.

Rajgarh now has remnants of its shining era in the form of the Fort which stands tall on a hillock overseeing the modern civilization. A climb to the fort and the picturesque view of the green valley beneath surely mesmerizes visitors. No wonder in once a British traveler of the 19th century had described the scene from Rajgarh as a ‘perfect earthly paradise’.

Temples, tombs and nature

The fort has a step-well and a market place and many temples. Baghraj temple is one of the famous temples where devotees still go. The temple is dedicated to the founder saint of Rajgarh Baba Baghraj. Locals believe that the saint had the power to transform himself into a tiger and protect the villagers from robbers and thieves. There is a Govindji temple and temple of Bairuji in the vicinity. The most famous haunted Bhangarh Fort of Rajasthan is also near Rajgarh.

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Rajgarh is also the final resting place of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib’s father, who had died in a battle there. The poet’s father’s tomb still exists in the ruins of the fort. Rajgarh’s contemporary times’ connection is that it is the birthplace of freedom fighter Bhawani Sahai Sharma. Sharma was part of the Hindustan Socialist Republic Army and post-independence had later become an MLA from Gazi in Alwar.

Besides, the ancient ruins and history, Rajgarh also has something to offer to nature lovers. The picturesque valley beneath the Rajgarh fort is definitely a sight for experiencing the beauty of nature. There is a small hamlet in Rajgarh tehsil called Rajorgarh, which has a lake called Tehla. The lake is famous for its birds and a haven for bird watchers.

How to go to Rajgarh?

Rajgarh is about 45 km from main Alwar city, which is well connected with railways and road. The nearest airport for visit to Rajgarh would be Jaipur. The Sariska National Park is right next to Rajgarh, so one can club a visit to the tiger reserve and Rajgarh tourism.

Featured Photo of ‘Bhangarh Fort’ by Shahnawaz Sid under CC BY 2.0

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