The fort of Taragarh is prominently famous for its valor, sacrifice and incredible architecture. It is situated in the Bundi district of Rajasthan. The Aravalis divide Bundi into two parts. The highest peak lies at Satur which rises 1795 feet above the sea level. It is surrounded by another peak 1726 feet high passing through the outskirts of the city.
It was built by Rao Narsingh in 1354A.D. Overlooking the city located at the bottom of the hill of Taragarh fort which was regarded as one of the strong forts of Rajasthan.
Bundi is surrounded by hills on three sides and in the south-eastern corner by a spacious plain. The fort stands majestically in the north of the city. A strong rampart wall was constructed by Dalel who was the Governor of the fort on behalf of Jaipur ruler for some time in the 18th century A.D.
Passing over the chaotic rocky masses the strong embattled rampart wall high and solid supported by huge bastions at intervals, encloses the multitude of buildings within the fort. A steep flight of steps leads to the center of the fort where a huge gateway stands pierced through tow high bastions with great upward height. Some tanks flanked by old type of constructions are visible in the fort.
The fort is constructed with the imported stones which give pleasant view to this fort. From the height of the fort walls, the enchanting underlying area presents a unique picture. From the few distances, the Kota City is visible. Through the deep foliage rising above the battlement of Taragarh, the famous eighty-four colonnaded cenotaphs of Dahaya bhai catches the eye. The foot of the fort is surrounded by circumvallation pierced by four gates. The eastern gate is called Palanpol while the western gate is called the Bhairon gate. Chogan gate opens at the south and Sukul Baori gate stands in the northern side.
These walls only retarded their chances of reconquest, if driven out of Bundi the best defense of which was its hills. The palaces of Bundi looks magnificent on one side of the city. Below the city palace, the statue of elephant and horse stands in commemoration of the elephant Shiwaprasad bestowed as a gift on Chhatrasal by the emperor Shahjahan and the horse Hanza which was the war steed of Ummed Singh.
You have to cross two imposing gates to reach the palaces. The enormous Hathipol stands flanked by two huge statues of elephants which were constructed in the 17th century by Ratansingh. There was a beautiful Chhatrasal Palace, which is regarded as the beautiful specimen of Hindu style of architecture. The famous Yantrasala lies where the Hada armory is displayed. The Rangbilas garden, where the art gallery containing beautiful wall paintings, are other attractions of the palaces. The Badal Mahal and the Anirudh Mahal are other fine pieces of architecture. Phool Sagar, Nawal Sagar and the Hardoli tanks lying far and near the city add greatly to the charm of Bundi.
Beyond that, there are many invasions or attacks faced by the Taragarh Fort. But the brave Hadas always put up a stiff resistance. Maharana Kshetrasingh of Mewar is said to have invaded Bundi and gained victory over it. The Sultan of Malwa again attacked Bundi during its troubled times under Sultan Singh. Arjun who was installed in the throne, successfully encountered the Muslim attack.
Rao Surjan accepted the Mughal suzerainty and surrendered the fort of Ranthambore to them. Bhimsingh of Kota also attacked the Taragarh fort with a huge army. The uncle of Buddhasingh was killed with six thousand soldiers while defending the fort of Bundi. There are many invasion but the fort protects itself and maintaining its real beauty.