Bala Quila is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan state. This fort is also known as Alwar Fort. This fort is situated on a hill about 6 km from the city. It was built in 1550 by Hasan Khan.
‘Bala Qila’ fort means ‘new fort’. This fort is situated at an altitude of 1960 feet above sea level. Which is spread over a circumference of 8 km. It was specially designed to fire at the enemy. This fort is built in the Kayamkhani style. There are about 500 holes in the walls of the fort to fire the enemy, out of which a 10-foot gun could also be fired.
Alwar city looks beautiful from Bala Fort. There are six major gates where Jayapol, Laxman Pol, Surajpol, Chandpol, Andheri Gate and Krishna Gate can reach Bala Fort. There are 15 big 51 small bastions and 3359 kangurs to keep an eye on the enemies. The monument is famous for its masonry floor and grand structural design.
History of Bala Fort
Bala Fort has been ruled by Nikumbh, Khan Jada, Mughals, Marathas, Jat Rajputs. Hasan Khan Mewati built this fort in 1551 AD. Subsequently, the Alwar Fort was ruled by the Mughals, Marathas, and Jats. Finally, in 1775, Kachhwaha Rajput Pratap Singh captured this fort and at the same time laid the foundation of the city of Alwar. Babur, the Mughal emperor, spent one night in the fort while Jahangir stayed for three years during the exile period and at that time he named it Salim Mahal. The room in the fort where Jahangir stayed is known as Salim Mahal.
The architecture of the fort
This fort is famous for its architecture. The inside is divided into various parts. There are stairs from many sides to reach from one place to another. The Alwar Fort is counted among the largest forts in Rajasthan. The fort is built in many styles and the walls of the fort have beautiful scriptures and sculptures.
Bala Qila Fort Alwar
Bala Quila | Alwar fort
Apart from these beautiful carvings, the fort also contains other notable buildings such as Suraj Kud, Salim Nagar Talav, Jal Mahal and Nikumbh Mahal Palace. There is a temple in the fort. In the Bala Fort area, there are other temples including Kuldevi of Kumbh Nikumbhas, Karni Mata Temple, Cannon with Hanuman Ji, Chakradhari Hanuman Temple, Sitaram Temple, Jai Ashram, Salim Sagar, Salim Baradari.