Taragarh fort was built in 1354
and is great palace to ramble around at
leisure. Set within the horse-shoe shaped
fold of the hills, and with the lakes and
water reservoirs below, the fort straddles
the crest and offers invincible battlements
that must have proved difficult to scale.
Every city of rajasthan has its own colourful
Each city basks in its glory of royal heydays.
Positioned at about 39 KM from Kota, Taragarh
Fort is one of those royal marks left by
royalties of Rajasthan. Built in the year
1354, Taragarh Fort is a huge architectural
wonder of its times. Bird’s eye view
of Kota town can be had from this fort.
Its main gateway can be accessed by only
a steep slanting passage. The summit of
gateway has got raging elephants on it.
Another interesting feature of the gateway
is the mounting of a huge cannon on the
Bhim Burj. Taragarh Fort was meticulously
designed. The fort has three gateways, namely,
Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki
Phatak, though now all are in ruins. The
most interesting thing, that the fort was
famous for was its network of tunnels in
the entire hillside but now there is map
available for these tunnels. These tunnels
were used to be emergency track for king
and his deputies to flee.
Bhim Burj, the massive stone tower placed
within the fort, had large cannon named
Garbha Gubjan. This is the second largest
cannon in India. Then another unique feature
of Taragarh fort is some huge water reservoirs.
During the times of water crisis, these
reservoirs used supply water to the residents.
Rocky forts were carved out to make these
reservoirs. Then there is tiny palace in
fort complex itself, named Rani Mahal, for
the wives of the kings. It has many glistening
stunning murals and stained glass windows.
But now nothing of that sort is left.
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The Taragarh fort has some huge water reservoirs.
These reservoirs were built to store water
and supply it to the residents during time
of crisis. It is said that if released in
full force, the water had the capacity to
wash away people residing below. The reservoirs
have been carved out of the rocky base of
Burj and Garbha Gunjan
There is a massive stone tower within the
fort complex called Bhim Burj. The tower
was built to house huge cannon named Garbha
Gunjan. Garbha Gunjan is regarded as the
second largest cannon in India. The cannon
made such a thunderous sound that soldiers
had to run immediately after firing it.
Rani Mahal is a small palace within the
fort complex, built for the wives and concubines
of rulers. The Mahal has, however lost most
of its charm as the shine of its spectacular
murals and stained glass windows have completely