Constructed in the year 1354, the Taragarh fort is one of the most impressive structures in the city of Ajmer, in the northern state of Rajasthan in India. Popularly known as the 'Star Fort', the attraction is located on a steep hill and offers a panoramic and breathtaking view of the entire city of Bundi situated in the Nagpahari of Aravalli ranges. The fort was described by the famous author Rudyard Kipling as "more the work of Goblins than of men".
The state of Bundi was founded in 1341 by Rao Deva. The massive Taragarh Fort dates to his reign.It is widely believed that the Taragarh Fort is the first Hill Fort in India. It is also one of the oldest forts in Rajasthan to have witnessed a large number of battles as well as rulers from Rajput, Muslim, Maratha and the British conquerors till date.
The historic dargah that is located in the fort belongs to Hazrat Miran Syed Hussain Asghar Khangswar, the governor of Ajmer at the time when Sultan Shahabuddin Ghori was the ruler here. After the death of Qutubuddin Aibak, the Chauhan and Rajput rulers together attacked the fort, and Miran Syed Hussain Asghar Khangswar was killed there.
A giant gateway welcomes you to the Taragarh Fort. There are three distinct gateways to enter the fort. These portals are known as Lakshmi Pol, Phuta Darwaza and Gagudi ki Phatak. The gates are engraved with carvings of elephants.The tunnels in the fort are also worth giving a visit. It would be interesting to know that the tunnels in this mighty fortress had a significant role to play during times of war since it provided a secure exit for the king and his deputies in cases of emergencies or looming dangers. Unfortunately, tourists are not allowed to enter the tunnel as there are no comprehensive maps of the tunnels that are available.
Other than this, the magnificent fort is also home to a myriad of massive battlements and ramparts. The largest amongst these is the 16th-century bastion, known as Bhim Burj, on which the giant cannon Garbh Gunjan or the 'Thunder from the Womb' was once mounted. The Chauhan bastion also has some huge water reservoirs, which were built to store water and supply it to the residents in times of crisis. These reservoirs have been fixed out of a rocky base of the fort.
The Rani Mahal in the Taragarh Fort is also a top-rated tourist attraction. The palace boasts of its stained glass windows and murals, which still are adorned with the charm of the bygone era. It also houses the famous Miran Saheb ki Dargah in its complex. The Taragarh Fort offers an excellent view of the entire town and is ideal for bird watching, which makes it famous amongst tourists.