Kankwari Fort is situated amidst the Aravalli Hills in the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Kankwari village of Alwar district of Rajasthan India. this is one of the most famous tourist places in Alwar Rajasthan.
The fort of Kankwari was used centuries ago by the king mainly for the detention of political prisoners there. The reason is, there is natural camouflage around the fort behind it.
Usually, in olden times forts were built on high mountains and hills so that they could be seen from a distance.
But this fort was built on a small hill and is in between the forest and the mountains which makes it a safe place for imprisonment. Darashikoh was imprisoned in this fort, due to which the historical importance of this fort increased.
Kankwari Fort History
The fort of Kankwari was built by Raja Jai Singh during the 16th century. Raja Jai Singh was the ruler of Amber and was given the position at a very young age due to the death of the predecessor in 1621 and was the sole heir to the throne.
Along with this he was also the senior commander of the Mughal Empire and served under the rule of Shah Jahan and then his son Aurangzeb.
Darashikoh would have been the next successor after the reign of Shah Jahan. However, Shah Jahan’s second son Aurangzeb was not happy with this as he wanted to be the next successor.
Hence Aurangzeb imprisoned his brother Darashikoh in the fort of Kankwari to get his throne. Aurangzeb chose this fort for his brother’s captivity as it was at a reasonable distance from Delhi according to him and it was under the supervision of one of his most trusted men, Jai Singh.
It is said that Aurangzeb surrounded the fort with a huge rampart and guarded it against all sides by his armed soldiers so that Darashikoh’s supporters from the Mughal army could not save him from the fort.
About Kankwari Fort Sariska
The view from this Fort is incredible, with a small lake nearby which is visible from the fort. The fort has a lot of rooms and halls which are beautifully made with designs and carvings on the walls. The walls are engraved with designs on which colored paints have also been done.
Apart from the rooms, there are open spaces, balconies, and open galleries from where one can enjoy the fresh natural air and the natural beauty of the surroundings. fort of Kankwari is a completely relaxing and peaceful environment with pure natural mountains, water, trees all around.
There are mountains and forests on both sides of the road leading to Kankwari Fort. This fort is completely surrounded by a forest area and there is a dense forest area behind the fort. Forest Gypsies are available to reach the fort. The fort is about 22 kilometers inside the forest.
Kankwari Fort Entry Fee
Time to visit Kankwari Fort:
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Approximate travel duration of Kankwari Fort: 2 hours.
How to reach Kankwari Fort
Kankwari Fort Nearest Railway Station: Alwar Jn.
Kankwari Fort is at a distance of 126 km from Jaipur International Airport
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