Cuddled up in the eastern zone of Rajasthan, Sawai Madhopur is one of the prominent conurbations of Rajasthan. Sawai Madhopur is chiefly illustrious for the Ranthambhor National Park. Despite the fact that the key attraction of the city is the Ranthambhor National Park, Ranthambhor Fort is another chief magnetism of this district. Surrounded by Vindhyas & Aravalis, the fort is a treat to our eyes. The Ranthambhore fort is assumed to have been constructed by a Chauhan sovereign in 944 A.D. The fort is purposefully placed on the boundary of Rajasthan and former Malwa. The illustrious fort of Ranthambore was under the control of King Rao Hamir in 1296 AD. Ranthambhor Fort is an amazing combination of nationalism, love and bravery. The Ranthambhore National Park is named after Ranthambhore fort, which wraps the total hill top at the center of the Park. This fort is one among the top sightseeing places in Sawai Madhopur. What's more, Ranthambore Fort got recently included in the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.
Located in the vicinity of Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, Ranthambhor Fort can to be found inside the Ranthambore National Park which was previously the hunting zones for the royal Jaipur Maharajahs before India became a self-governing nation. The Ranthambhore fort, sequentially, is believed to have received its name from two neighboring knolls, the Rann & the Thambhore. This Fort is placed on the Thambhore Knoll, on front of Rann hill and grants some awe-inspiring sights of the National Park to its visitors.
History of Ranthambore fort:
Even though the precise establishment of the Ranthambore fort is doubtful, it is commonly acknowledged that there was a city at the area of the Fort as early as 8th century A.D. It is generally assumed that the edifice of Ranthambhore Fort commenced around 944 AD during the supremacy of Sapaldaksha, the Chauhan Rajput emperor. One more hypothesis declares that King Jayant, who was also a Chauhan Rajput King, constructed the Ranthambore Fort around 1110 AD. Probably, the edifice of Ranthambore fort must have started during the second half of 10th Century and should have sustained for one or two centuries subsequently.
In view of the fact that the Ranthambhore Fort prohibited the business trails between North and Central India, the fort was highly popular among North Indian emperors. The Ranthambore Fort encountered some precious moments during the sovereignty of the King Rao Hammir, the final monarch of Chauhan Empire (between 1282 and 1301 AD). Around 1300 AD, Ala-ud-din Khilji, the Delhi emperor propelled his armed forces to imprison the Fort. At last, after 3 ineffective endeavors, Ala-ud-din Khilji military occupied the Ranthambhore Fort in the year 1301 and concluded the supremacy of the Chauhans. After three3 centuries, the Ranthambore Fort was under the control of several rulers, until Akbar, the mighty Mughal monarch, finally captured the Fort and dispersed the state of Ranthambore at some stage between 1558 and 1559. Ranthambhore fort was under the control of Mughal sovereigns until mid 18th century. Finally, the Fort was offered as a gift to the Jaipur Maharaja by the Mughal rulers at the end of 17th century. The Maharaja of Jaipur ruled his realm not remote from the splendid Amer fort. Thus, Ranthambhore fort continued to be the sole property of the royal family units of Jaipur. The neighboring forests which at present called as the National Park were once the stately hunting zones of the Maharajas.
Phenomenal Architecture of Ranthambore Fort:
The interiors of Ranthambore fort are seriously astonishing. The eminence of craftsmanship is not easy to match with any other fortifications or building of this age even though scientific advances has emerged in every field. The ramparts of Ranthambore fort are in 7 Km of measurement lengthwise and comprise a vast area of almost 4 Sq km. Around Ranthambore fort, there are so many ancient carcass, together with the temples, palaces, step-wells, residences and cenotaphs.
The Ranthambore fort is basically delimited by enormous stonewalls which are reinforced by strongholds and looms. The stone for the stonework was excavated from the inner region the Fort. Later, the excavations were converted into ponds for the purpose of storing water. The Key approach to the Fort can be found all the way through a contracted valley, which had 4 equipped gateways. Out of the 4 gateways, only the 1st gate, called the Misradhara gate exist till now. There are a lot of damage structures in the inner region of the Fort, such as, Badal Mahal, Hammir's Court, Phansi Ghar and Dhula Mahal being the most major structures of all. The Ranthambore fort boasts several temples, gateways and cenotaphs, as well.
Key Attractions near Ranthombore Fort:
The whole area of Ranthombore fort is speckled gorgeous temples and also boasts a divine mosque. The majority of the visitors and tourists mainly visit the western section of the Fort. Only a small number of visitors visit the eastern part of the fort as it is untamed.
Lord Ganesha Temple: The most renowned of all of the attractions is the temple devoted to divinity Ganesha. The Ganesh Temple is placed on the brink of the main gateway to the Fort and creates a center of attention to a constant stream of devotees, chiefly from the rustic neighbourhood. Throughout the yearly festival for deity Ganesh, one can see thousands of pilgrims arriving at the temple from various parts of the nation. In fact, devotees truly write and send letters to the deity at this shrine. The letters are carried by the local postman every day!!
Gupt Ganga: A tiny perpetual watercourse known as Gupt Ganga flows in one region of the Ranthambore Fort. The Gupt Ganga is one more awesome sight which is a string of steps that are slashed into rock until they reach a recurrent watercourse. Visitors can watch a great number of bird species and Langurs, the strange tiny cat here. At times, even the leopards can surprise them. The Ranthambore Fort is one of the most excellent destinations to visit the exceptional and indefinable fishing cat.
In this day and age, Ranthambore Fort endows a quick look of the magnificence and opulence that should have subsisted in the past centuries.