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Gagron is located 10 Km from Jhalawar and about 100 Km from Kota. Located there is one of the least known, yet one of the most spectacular forts in terms of setting in Rajasthan, if not in the whole of India. This 8th century fort standing witness to many battles fought for its possession is surrounded by the waters of the Rivers Ahu and Kali Sindh on three sides. On the fourth side there used to be a deep moat completed its defenses.

A mute witness to 14 battles, though now in ruins, this fort can be considered as one of the finest example of vana and a jala durg - i.e. a fort both forest-protected and water-protected. It is surrounded by forests and has behind it the Mukundarrah range of hills. Its location itself is striking, looming out of a rock on a little island where two rivers Ahu & Kali Sindh meet. Alauddin Khilji, the Sultan of Delhi, besieged it unsuccessfully for 11 years. Jauhar, that terrible form of women immolating themselves, was performed in Gagron fort not once but thrice. The act of jauhar was undertaken by women of a particular fort, choosing to die rather than fall into the hands of the enemy. In 1561, the Mughal Emperor, Akbar captured Gagron, and the Mughals held it till 1715 when it was gifted to Bhim Singh by the Sayyids, the two brothers who took control of the Mughal empire after the death of Aurangzeb in 1707.

The only visitors in Gagron, apart from us were the buffalos & cows who enjoy a swim in the waters of Kali Sindh River.

In order to get to this view point up a small hill, from where the exposed rocks created a fine perspective, seemingly converging onto the fort, I had to cross a narrow stretch of the river (can be seen on the extreme left near the water pipes), where my feet sank upto my knees in soft and quick mud. I had to desperately shout to call my wife, to hand over my camera, before escaping from the clutches of the treacherous mud. I had to sacrifice my footwear in the process...thankfully, only that! Reminds me of the saying..."Things photographers do to get the best POV...." :-)

This is a stitch of 7 pictures....please do check the Large Version here.

Dedicated to the master of stitching Didi.

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