Ranthambore Fort is a formidable fort situated near Sawai Madhopur town in Rajasthan. It is living testimonial of Rajasthan historical developments. This fort is surrounded by Ranthambore National Park which was the hunting grounds for the Maharajahs of Jaipur before Indian independence.
The Ranthambore Fort is located atop of a rocky outcrop in the middle of a dense forest at the convergence Aravali and Vindhya hills ranges. The fort is huge and spread over an area of approximately 7 kilometers. The name of this fort is derived from the nearby Thanbhore and Ran hill on which it is perched. It is one of the best Forts in Rajasthan which was built by Chauhan warrior in 944 AD.
This fort is strategically located amidst dense forest hilltop. This geography location served as an outer defense for this fort which is a biggest advantage of this place. It was one of the strongest forts of Northern India which had seen several wars to gain control over it.
This fort extended over an area of nearly 4 square kilometers which was bounded by huge stonewalls and reinforced by towers and bastions. The stone for the masonry was mined from inside the fort and the mines
were later turned into ponds for water storage. The fort is accessible through a narrow valley which had four fortified gates.
The Hammir court is the leading attraction of this fort. It is known for an outstanding acoustic ambience where even a murmur gets echoed in a marvelous way. This amazing feature spellbound tourist during their visit to this man-made marvel. Gupt Ganga is a small perennial stream that flows through the eastern part of the fort is another attraction of this place.
The Ganesh Temple of this fort is popular among religious people. An interesting aspect about the temple relates that devotees write letters to Lord Ganesha and send it to this temple which is delivered daily by the local postman. Other attractions inside the Ranthambore Fort include 32 pillared Chhatri, Toran Dwar, Sameton Ki Haveli, Mosque and a Mahadeo Chhatri.
Ranthambore Fort situated amidst Ranthambore National Park is visited by almost every tourist who comes here from across the globe. This is among the most prominent Forts in Rajasthan from where tourists can get a panoramic view of Ranthambore National Park.