The fort has been a place of great importance to the kings and rulers of India. To conquer the Khandar fort has been a very challenging task for every emperor and they have always fancied capturing the unconquerable fort. The fort is located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan, on the boundary of the Ranthambore National Park & Tiger reserve. The fort has been constructed strategically in the mountain region that helped it gain power over the attackers.
Khandar fort belonged to the Sisodia dynasty before coming under the control of the Mughals and then the Rajputs. The strength of Mewar rulers lay within the strength of the fort and the people. The strong fort was as strong and as brave as the people who sustained their empire even after continuous attacks from the foreign invaders. It served as a security post of Ranthambore and has many famous temples located within the Khandar Fort which remains there till today.
The beautiful monument serves as a historical achievement in memory of the battles and wars that each dynasty has won. The architecture and rugged exterior of the fort are mesmerizing to every eye. The area has abundant biodiversity and animals that reside around the fort walls.
History of the Attraction
The broken walls on the side of the fort and the architectural ruins of the fort express the pain and a struggle during the medieval ages and the amount of attacks that every ruler of the fort faced. The invincible fort still tells a number of stories and has been given high importance in the historical field after many excavations and investigations.
The fort is located 40kms away from the city of Sawai Madhopur of Rajasthan. For a person travelling by train, they can board a train that stops at the Sawai Madhopur station which is 11kms away from the Ranthambore National park and then avail a bus or taxi that directly reaches the fort. The closest airport is the Jaipur Airport about 197 km away from the fort. One can opt for tourist buses or a train to reach the fort from the airport.
Things to Do in and around
The fort consists of seven temples including one Jain temple that has the rock cut idols of Jain gurus. The other temples are the Hanuman temple, Chaturbhuja Temple, Gobind Devji Temple, Jayanti Mata Temple and the Jagatpalji Temple. The fort contains two huge water tanks called the Ramkunda and Laxman Munda along with seven smaller ponds.
Opening/Closing Timings and days
The fort remains open throughout the week from 9:00 to 17:00 hours.
No entry fees are needed to visit the Khandar fort.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit the fort is during the months of October to march when the temperature is slightly cold.