Badnore Fort

Location: Bundi District,Rajasthan
Built In: 16 th Century AD
Currently: Converted in Heritage Hotel
Must See: The building within the fortification conforms to the traditional Rajasthani style of architecture. The Badnore Fort is surrounded by lakes which enhance its splendour.
Near By: Kota city is located nearby to this place.
How to Reach: Jaipur is the nearest airport and Major trains and buses can be find from Kota which is 40 Kms from the place.Taxi's and Buses are easily available.

The origins of the region around Badnore go back to the ancient times. A more than 2,000 years old inscription has been found near the village, proving the strategic location of this region on an ancient trade route. The engraved letters on the rock are written in Brahmi script, which was prevalent around the 3rd century BC during the time of the great Mauryan ruler, King Ashoka. According to a legend, the village of Badnore was named after a local ruler by the name of Badna. However, some ancient texts point out to the fact that Raja Harshavardhan of Kannauj founded the village and the fort within it.

The majestic seven-storied Badnore fort is built atop a hill and commands a view of the Badnore village below. Looming large, the garh (fort) seems a perfect blend of strength and beauty, bearing the indisputable mantle of pride. The Badnore fort can be entered through a gateway, known as the Bada Darwaza (big gate), which has two ancient temples on both the sides. The fort has stables, an ancient temple and a prison inside it, apart from the main palace. This mammoth bastion that could house an entire battalion still has over 130 rooms that can be used. The rugged yet delicately portioned stories, indicate the architectural skill of a genre where imagination was the only source of aesthetics. The quaint balconies and the countless domed jharokhas (balcony) that previously offered ventilation, now offer a peep into the lifestyle of a bygone era, and the sublime past seems encapsulated in the ambience even today. The architecture of the buildings within the fortifications conforms to the traditional Rajasthani style of architecture.

The Badnore fort is surrounded by ten beautiful lakes, which enhance its splendor. The water from these lakes served as a source of drinking water for the troops living within the Badnore fort. On the banks of Vinodsagar, one of the lakes is the Jalmahal or the water palace. Below the Jalmahal is the Grishma Niwas or the Summer House, overlooking a huge garden. In its midst is a step-well-a rarity in this region. Thakur Govind Singh, who was the occupant of the fort at the time, had the step-well constructed in 1897. The step-well comprises a square enclosure that has steps leading right down to the water on three sides and an eight-pillared balcony extending on the fourth side.

The history of the Badnore fort is full of the stories of the successes and failures of its occupants. The fort was a part of the erstwhile princely state of Mewar and witnessed a lot of conflict. The fort was a bone of contention between various Rajput kingdoms, which constantly fought with each other to gain control over it. The reins of this fort thus kept passing from the hands of one kingdom to another till the Mughals finally captured it.

Badnore does not have an airport of its own and the nearest airports are in Udaipur, 190 km away and Jaipur, which is 130 km from Ajmer, which in turn is a little more than 50 km from Badnore. Badnore does not have a railway station and the nearest one is in the small town of Beawar, adjacent to which Badnore is located. Badnore is well connected by road with the important centers in the Indian state of Rajasthan as it is near the national highway that connects the cities of Jaipur and Udaipur.

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