Among the numerous forts and palaces of Bharatpur, the Lohagarh Fort, or Iron Fort, is perhaps the most iconic. It was constructed by Bharatpur Jat rulers. Maharaja Suraj Mal used all his power and wealth to a good cause, and built numerous forts and palaces across his kingdom, one of them being the Lohagarh Fort (Iron fort), which was one of the strongest ever built in Indian history.
The inaccessible Lohagarh fort could withstand repeated attacks of British forces led by Lord Lake in 1805 when they laid siege for over six weeks. Of the two gates in the fort, one in the north is known as Ashtdhaatu (eight metalled) gate while the one facing the south is called Chowburja (four-pillared) gate.The fort is believed to be virtually impregnable with deep moats on each side; it stood its ground against the British when they laid a sixweek siege on it. Along with the various palaces like the Mahal Khas and the Kamra Palace, the fort also holds a museum, the imposing towers of Jawahar and Fateh Burj, Ganga and Laxman Temples, an art gallery and the Nehru Park. The Bharatpur railway junction is the closest to Lohagarh fort. The nearest airport is Kheria Airport in Agra, 49kms away.
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