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About Kunchaman

Earlier famous as the Kuchaman Fort, the place has now been restored into a heritage hotel. It lies in western Rajasthan's Nagaur district and has quite a significant history. This fort cum resort is easily accessible from Jaipur. This fort is of a special significance, as it has as yet remained unconquered by either the Marathas or the Mughals. The place is exquisitely placed on the hill ranges.

A steep path leads to the gateways and the place can be accessed by foot, on elephant or horseback or in the conventional vehicles. This particular forest-resort promoted by Ranjit Singh Rathore. This deserted monument was once famous for the fresco paintings. The resort now houses samples of the Kunchamani miniatures recreated by the artists. The Kunchamani folk artists and crafts persons have stalls in the Meena Bazaar, within the fort complex, selling exquisitely made handicrafts.

The fort was built in 760 A.D. by the Gurjar Pratihara dynasty, when the Chauhans became the new rulers. The fort is a high structure with extensive ramparts, bastions and gates with multiple defence systems. It also houses several underground tanks, secret escapes and hideouts and dungeons. There is a legendary spot in the fort reserved for the women to commit the ritual suicide termed jauhar. It has now been turned into a swimming pool, heated during the winters.

According to the ancient Rajasthan architecture, lime has been used since it helps in keeping the building cool and lasts for years. It looks like marble when it is polished. The fort also houses a museum of weapons and armour. A major part of the collection is in gold or silver with floral and geometrical motifs.

The fort plays abode to a number of historic areas, temples and mansions. The Meera Mahal in the fort portrays the life of Meera Bai in the form of miniature paintings. The palace was built by the ruler of the fort, Raja Ranjit Singh, her nephew, in 1832. He later built a temple to commemorate the masses, which had sacrificed their lives in battles. The hall of the palace houses the beautiful miniature paintings, murals and gilded work. The ceiling displays paintings of the entire lineage of rulers.

There is an underground pool in the fort with arches and galleries, built by Raja Surajmal, specifically for the ladies of zenana. The Sheesh Mahal, also housed in the fort, has fabulous glass inlays studded in gold work. The courtyard has a chessboard on the floor. A little ahead is the Sunehri Burjor golden palace, which is exclusively painted in gold paint.

The temples inside the fort are dedicated to several Gods and Goddesses, the Kali, Shiva and Natwarlalji. Nearby the fort are the Sambar Lake Bird Sanctuary and Taal Chapar. Here, one can easily spot the blackbuck. The Nagaur cattle fair and the Pushkar Mela are celebrated religiously in this region every year.

How to get there

You can get there from Delhi by the Shatabdi Express to Ajmer, which is at a distance of 105 km away. The nearest airport is Jaipur, 145 km away.

For further information and bookings
contact New Delhi. Tel:011-6172346,6188862,
Fax: 6188861.


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