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Gagron is an ancient fort, situated at the confluence of the Ahu and Kali Sindh rivers, about 12 km from Jhalawar, Rajasthan. The fort belonged to the Khichi Chauhans and has a glorious history of valor and sacrifice. It was laid out in or around 7th - 8th century and stands as a witness to many great battles.

Located in a remote location, far from the tourist crowds, the glorious Gagron Fort is a fine example of 'Jal Durg' or 'Water fort', which is one of the nine types of durgs or forts, mentioned in the Hindu Shastras. The foundation of this magnificent fort was laid in the 7th century and was completed by 14th century. The fort stands majestically on the crest of a hill at the confluence of the Kalisind and the Ahu Rivers. The former surrounding it from three sides provides an unsurpassable barrier, and from the fort’s impregnable ramparts a breathtaking view can be enjoyed.

The peculiarity of the fort is its natural defence consisting of mountainous ranges covered with forests through which gushes out the on-rushing water of the rivers. According to Tod, a traveler, “Independent of ancient association, there is a wild grandeur about Gagron, which makes it well worthy of visit and the views from the north side must be still finer than from ather point.” The turbulent River Kalisind forces its passage from the rocky mountains and dense forest to the valley of great depth below and presents a very beautiful sight.

The Gagron Fort is rather spectacular if seen from the vantage point. As I was looking in search of that vantage point, I met only local shepherds, their cattle comprising of cows, buffalos & goats, all of whom were looking at me with curious interest. In this view you can see the cattle and the stone 'bridge' on the right, along which some people as well, all taking bath in the river. The treacherous mud in some stretches along the river bank almost claimed my camera, as my feet sank upto the level of my knees. But I did find the vantage point, but the picture from there would be for later....:-)

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