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“Journey to BalaQuila” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Bala Quila

Bala Quila
Nr. Nikumbha Mahal Palace, Alwar 301001, India
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Ranked #7 of 26 Attractions in Alwar
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
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“Journey to BalaQuila”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2012

Once entered the forest gate - its an experience to meet wildlife throughout the journey till we reach Bala Quila at the top (1000ft above Alwar). Nilgai, Barashingha, Peacocks and birds are there in every turn.

No entry fee is charged for Bala Qila, but do remember to take Police permission from the gate if you want to enter the Quila, else come down without visiting it.

Visited December 2011
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Gurgaon, India
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“Excellent Fort where Humayun took shelter”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2012

It is an old fort which is under renovation for last 2 years. Before that it was closed for public and could be visited only after taking permission from local Police in writing.

The fort is huge and has walls surrounding it for more than 7 miles. The fort has wild animals and part of the fort is under forest department. One can see Sambhar (Blue Bull), Sehi (Porcupine), Hiran (Deer), wild boars, Monkeys, etc. There are many temples inside the fort. Nowadays, Karni Mata temple is visited by lakhs of people during Navratras.

Palace inside is huge and under extensive repair. Old guns and canons are being cleaned for display.

It is always pleasant even during peak summers. There is a water tank which was later added for providing water to the wild animals.

Way to the fort is from Railway station -> Bus Stand -> Ashoka Talkies -> Pratap Bund. A road near Pratap Bund will take you up inside the Fort. There are many Gates to enter the Fort but it is the only motorable road.

Below the fort, there is the City Palace, Moosi Maharani ki Chhatri, Sagar, Chhatanki (Hanuman Temple) etc. One can walk up inside the fort from Kishan Kund which is about 2 KM from Sagar.

Inside the Fort, there are different variety of herbs and trees. I know of a person who is a resident of Alwar and animal lover. He knows history of fort and other places in the Alwar.

Visited March 2011
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“Three Forts – Transcending Millennia”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

Visited Bala Quila after getting a written permission from the Police… a must if you want to enter the fort! You have to write an application in duplicate, with a photocopy of an ID card, get is approved at the police station in the city and take the copy to the fort with you! You can’t take a photocopy between 12 to 2 pm as there is load shedding (planned no electricity) no electricity for the photocopying machines to work! Without a photocopy, you will not receive any permission! The fort seems to be better protected than the Taj Mahal itself!
The original fort seems to be built around 928 AD built probably by the Nikumbh rajputs, the second fort was built around 1049 AD by Alagahu Rai and this current embankments were revamped and upgraded in the late 1400s! The newest fort was built by Hasan Khan Mewati in late 1490s. Raja Hasan Khan was part of the Khanzada Rajput muslim rulers of Mewat.
This fort, with an over 1100 years of history, represents time and events that have lost its stories in the mist of time! Raja Hasan rebuilt and when their dynasty lost out to the Mughals, the fort moved into the hands of the Mughals. Raja Hasan lost to Babur in 1527 and also died in the war.
It was conquered by Maharao Raja Pratap Singh, the founder of Alwar state in 1775. Since then the fort has remained with his successors to this day.
The fort is perched on a hill that looms high above the Alwar city at about a 1000 feet. It seems to be the highest point in the vicinity. The army and the police have towers there so it isn’t easy to visit it. Traveling to the fort is an exercise by itself. Take a cab if you must.
There is no fee to visit the fort. Currently the fort is being renovated and some say it will be converted into a heritage hotel. Am awaiting this to happen! Then Alwar might become slightly more tourist friendly.
There are over 4 levels in the fort – the highest point is breathtaking and a must if you visit Alwar. It’s a bit of a pain climbing but there are ramps instead of stairs and that helps climbing up! Beware that you might lose your way and cant exit – as there are no marks to ensure exit happens… but be patient and you will be able to exit! We got lost for almost 10 minutes!
A cup of tea outside the fort gate is welcome – though there is hardly any choice! A packet of biscuits along with hot tea is really welcome.

Visited December 2011
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