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Bharatpur Forts and Palaces

Lohagarh Fort

Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort) is situated at Bharatpur in Rajasthan, India. It was constructed by Bharatpur Jat rulers. Maharaja Suraj Mal used all his power and wealth to a good cause, and built numerous forts and palaces across his kingdom, one of them being the Lohagarh Fort(Iron fort), which was one of the strongest ever built in Indian history. The inaccessible Lohagarh fort could withstand repeated attacks of British forces led by Lord Lake in 1805 when they laid siege for over six weeks. Having lost over 3000 soldiers, the British forces had to retreat and strike a compromise with the Bharatpur ruler. Of the two gates in the fort, one in the north is known as Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) gate while the one facing the south is called Chowburja (four-pillared) gate.Some interesting monuments in the fort are Kishori Mahal, Mahal Khas and Kothi Khas. Moti Mahal and towers like Jawahar Burj and Fateh Burj were erected to commemorate the victory over the Mughals and the British army . The Gateway has paintings of huge elephants.

Deeg Fort

Located at a distance of around 35 kms from the main city, Deeg Fort in Bharatpur is one of the major attractions of the city. Housing some of the most exquisite palaces, fountains and lush gardens, Deeg fort is a marvel for its visitors. It is believed that the Deeg fort in Bharatpur played an important role in establishing the prominence of Jat rulers in the region. Maharaja Surajmal of Bharatpur built the fort and it had taken a span of around ten years for the completion of the citadel. The fort was built in a square shape and was known to be a strategic fort to foil attempts of invasion. A moat surrounds the fort giving it an edge in providing safety to its inhabitants. It is a popular belief that Maharaja Surajmal had special affinity for Deeg and therefore he built a number of palaces flanked by sprawling gardens. The fort is known to have a number of palaces that are simply majestic and exhibit beauty to the beholders. The major palaces of the fort are Gopal Bhavan, Suraj Bhavan, Nand Bhavan, Kishan Bhavan, Keshav Bhavan, Purana Mahal and Sheesh Mahal. All these palaces are collectively known as Deeg palace and are strikingly beautiful. The fort is also famous for its sprawling gardens that are set on the famous char bagh style that was peculiar to Mughal architecture. The gardens in the fort are maintained extremely well till today and locals come to these gardens for picnics.

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