Location: Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
Built In: 18th Century
Built By: Jat Rulers
Dynasty: Dalal Gotra Jats
Other names: Rao Raj Vilas & Mud Fort
Also known as Rao Raj Vilas, the Kuchesar Fort was built in the middle of the 18th century by Jat rulers. The village Kuchesar is in Siana tahsil in Bulandshahar district of Uttar Pradesh and lies at a distance of 80 km from the capital city of Delhi. The village belonged to a small princely state during the British Raj. Built initially as a defense mechanism against the attacks of the British cannons, the fort rests steadily on seven towers. But now, a part of the fort has been converted to a heritage resort. The restoration project of this fort was carried out by Neemrana Hotels. The Jat rulers from the village of Mandoti in Haryana were the rulers of this princely state. If you wish to learn more about this architectural landmark, here is a look at history of this wonderful fort and its rulers
Kuchesar Fort Bulandshahr
History Of The Fort
The Jat rulers built this Mud Fort to protect the city and the clan from the enemy. The village bastion on which the fort rests was the princely state of Dalal Gotra Jats who battled Sikhs, Marathas, Rohillas & Rajputs to save and protect their land. Dalal gotra Jat family came to this land in 1630 and founded the Kuchesar State. The Jats were first-grade military power. Later, Najib-ud-daulah offered the land of Kuchesar as jagir to Bhual and bestowed him the title of Rao and also a sobriquet, ‘Chormar’ which means the annihilator of thieves. The Jat rulers recovered the fort of Kuchesar in 1782 from the enemy who sieged it in 1763. Later, the fort was taken on lease from the Mughal Emperor Shah Alam in 1790 and then by the British in 1807. Now, the fort is under Ajit Singh’s ancestral family after the Jat family was offered the title of Rao Bhahadur as well as the Jagir of Kuchesar which comprised of 365 villages by the Mughal king Najib-ud-Daula.
Architecture/ Layout Of The Fort
The Neemrana Hotels took over the restoration project of the Kuchesar Fort and converted some parts of the fort into a heritage resort. The family of Kunwar Ajit Singh has converted the 3 haveli’s or places inside the fort complex into guest rooms of the Rao Raj Villas Resort. The heritage hotel now has 10 magnificent rooms for guests. The restoration work laid special emphasis on the small details like the ceilings and floors and the furnishings that has been added is in accordance with the grandeur of the fort. The royal family comes together to serve and look after guests who are welcomed amidst large sugarcane fields and beautiful landscapes. There are mainly 4 types of rooms available here; King Suite ( Maharaja Vilas), Queen Suite (Maharani Vilas), Prince Suite (Yuvraj Vilas) and the Princess Suite (Yuvrani Vilas). The Mughals style square courtyard has splendid balconies with arches and lattice edges.
Major Battles Or Events Associated With The Fort
The fort had been repeatedly attacked by many Mughal rulers and also by the British. Later, when the British formally took over the village and the fort estates, it was passed on to the many generations of Raja Gulab Singh who sided with the British during the uprising of 1857.
The places inside the forts have been turned into a resort with beautiful guest rooms managed by the Neemrana Hotels under Ajit Singh. The resort part of the fort is called Rao Raj Vilas. The fort rests among fields of sugarcane and acres of mango orchards. It has now become a very famous weekend getaway. Here one can enjoy bullock cart rides and horse riding along the picturesque countryside.
Best Time To Visit
The summers can get very hot in the Village of Uttar Pradesh but the winters are pleasant. So, it is best to visit the fort during the period between September and March. You can also enjoy the monsoon season here.
How To Reach
- Connectivity: The fort lies just 7 km off the Delhi-Moradabad-Lucknow route on National Highway 24.
- Nearest Transport Hub: The nearest city bus terminal is Hapur which is 21 km away. It is only a 2 hour drive from Delhi and one and a half hour from Noida. Kuchesar chopla is busy road and provides ample bus services.
- Nearest Railway Station: The nearest railway station is Hapur Railway Station at a distance of 25 km from Kuchesar.
- Nearest Airport: The nearest airport to Kuchesar is the New Delhi International Airport which is 100 km away.
Around The Fort
If you want to bathe in the Holy water of the river Ganga (Ganges) then you have to drive 24 km towards Brijghat. Corbett National Park is only four-hour drive from Kuchesar which is home of several animals including tigers, leopards, deer’s, reptiles and foxes.
The simple and elegant Mud Fort rising up from the plains of Kuchesar, Bulandshahr is a magnificent structure which withstood the test of time and is surrounded by sugarcane fields. The fort rests on huge mud bastions that have been protecting the walls and the people inside for centuries. The resort, Roa Raj Villas makes your trip to the Mud fort pleasurable and unforgettable.