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Bala Kila, Alwar

 

Bala Kila                                                                             
"Bala Kila" or Bala Fort is situated on one of the most famous hill of Aravallis range which enlightens the legends of the prosperous history of Alwar. It is a very large ancient fort with 15 large and 51 small towers, 446 openings for musketry and 8 huge towers and rises about 3000 m above the city. This fort is also called Kunwara Kila. Bala Kila is well-known for its history, which dates back to the time of Mughal rulers. It runs about 2 km from east to west and 5 km from north to south.

According to legends some of the Mughal rulers have stayed at this place before the rule of Rajput rulers in the 18th century. There are various gates inside the fort which are known as Pols. Some of these gates are named after various personalities. e.g. Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol, Jai Pol etc.

In this fort the Mughal Emperor Babur decided to make a night halt, but

Bala Kila or Bala Fort, Alwar
surrendering to innate greed, he attacked the unknown treasures in the toshakhana and took the booty home to shower on his son Humayun. Salim Mahal, which lies in ruins now is said to have been in the palace where Prince Salim spent his exile of 3 years.
 
Vinay Vilas Mahal (the palace complex)
        Vinay Vilas Palace, Alwar 

Vinay Vilas Mahal was founded by Maharaja Vinay Singh in the 18th century. It is located just below the fort but some part of it has now been converted into Government offices. Inside the palace complex there are various exhibits which are a combination of Mughal and Rajput architecture. A part of the complex houses the museum where a rich part of its history has been preserved. In the beautiful Durbar Hall at the City Palace there is a raised platform, inside hall there is a velvet and gold throne. The roofs and walls of the hall are decorated very lavishly with murals and mirror work.The City Museum, located on the upper floors of the Palace has a wonderful range of miniature paintings of the Alwar School. The colours of the paintings are as vibrant and fresh as ever. In the museum there is a silver table which is very unique and is used to entertain the dignity of the Rajera and also the large collection of armoury.

 
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