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FORT BEGU

Begu was offered to the crown prince of Mewar Prince Chunda ji in 1430 AD. Chunda ji being the eldest son of Maharana Lakha ji, made the supreme sacrifice of abdicating the throne of Mewar in favour of his yet to be born step brother. Begu was one of the oldest fiefs and earned the highest revenue amongst all the fiefs in erstwhile Mewar. At one point Begu comprised of 500 revenue villages which included 04 paraganas (districts). Over a period of time its original boundaries were altered and some nobles branched out from it to form their own jagirs. 

Rooms And Rates

 Five air conditioned suites each with a private terrace/sit-out. 

Suite Room Rates includes:
Accommodation for 2 people (per suite / per night)
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (fixed menu), mineral water & soft beverages.
A guided tour of the 30 acre Fort Begu,family cenotaphs, step wells, temples &
the local bazaar.

 

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The Fort of Begu is built over an area of 30 acres. A remarkably wide moat encircles it. The entire fort is further strengthened by a double- wall structure. The wall rising from the moat is 10 to 12 feet wide at the base and it gradually tapers at the top. There are 18 bastions around the fort where cannons were placed. The fort has 8 huge gates. The jail (prison) in the south- west corner of the fort last housed its inmates before 1947, after which India gained independence. There are half a dozen elephant stables (peel khana) besides horse stables. On the western side of the fort lie havelis (mansions) once inhabited by the exchequer of the estate, sub vassals of Begu, temple priests and the majordomo of the palace. Inside the fort there is a garden known as Lal Bagh with a centrally located Lal Bagh Kothi (ancient guest house for visiting dignitaries). Also, there are half a dozen temples and two prominent Jain temples besides the main Dwarkadhish temple devoted to Lord Krishna.

There are six kinds of forts in India according to their usage namely Nar durg (city fort), Dhanva durg (desert fort), Mahi durg (mud fort), Jal durg (water fort), Giri fort (hill fort) and Purs (fortified city). Out of these 6 kinds Nar durg is considered the best as it has secret tunnels that provide the dual advantage of an escape route in times of peril and the possibility of replenishing armaments and resources. Fort of Begu is an excellent example of Nar durg.
Fort Begu bears a resemblance to that of Agra fort built in 1570 AD by Emperor Akbar. The fort encompasses more than half a dozen courtyards of various sizes of which Mayur Chowk is the most prominent, spread across half an acre. The Char Bagh patterned garden at Mayur Chowk plays host to around 40-50 peacocks and hundreds of parakeets at sunrise and sunset even today.

Things To Do

Rajgarh Palace near Begu

Lake Rajgarh along with a beautiful palace and a Shiv temple was built by Rawat Raj Singh ji in 1630 AD. It is situated 7 kms away from Fort Begu. Rajgarh Palace has a Shiv temple on one side and is situated in the lake connected to the land by a causeway. Along the embankment of the lake grows a 50 acre lush green orchard which was once a hunting reserve. During the winter season migratory birds and waterfowls throng the lake. This is the lake where the 125 kg stone SHILA (structure) was floated for the first time by Rawat Devi Singh ji. The bards then composed a couplet in praise of him which is recited even today. The couplet is - how the stone floats in water still remains a mystery. 
 
11th century Menal Temple complex near Begu
The ancient name is MAHA–NAL which means the "GREAT CHASM." Menal is a temple complex overlooking the gorge of Menali River situated about 20 kms away from Begu. It has a picturesque 120 feet water fall which is active from July to September and is a feast for the eyes. The lush green valley and the gorge afford a breathtaking view of the place. Situated on a plateau it is an ideal place for trekking, and horse and camel rides from Begu.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the entrance of the main temple is marked by huge gateways and a statue of Nandi Bull adorns the front. The walls of the temple are carved with images of Shiva and Parvati and also, there is some erotic art, similar to that found on the walls of the famous Khajuraho temples.
 
This place was earlier under the rule of the Hada Princes of Bundi but was subsequently captured by the rulers of Begu. It had been a part of the private property of the Begu family till 1955 after which the Archaeological Survey of India took it over.
 
Dwarkadhish temple at the Fort
There are eight temples within the Fort of Begu. One of them is dedicated to Dwarkadhish - Lord Krishna. The deity is worshipped following the Vaishnav rituals formulated by the great saint Vallabhacharya. The main idol is at Kankroli near the holy town of Nathdwara. One such idol of Dwarkadhish was brought by Rawat Maha Singh ji II from Kankroli for worship to Begu and he placed it within the palace. The family of Begu has had the opportunity to patronize the shrine of Kankroli for many years.

Location

Begu is located 7 kms. off the new National Highway no. 76 (East - West Corridor) midway between Chittorgarh - Kota route.

 
Distances (approx.) from Begu to various destinations / towns / cities.
 
Udaipur - 180 kms
Chittorgarh - 65 kms  
Bundi - 80 kms  
Kota - 110 kms  
Bhainsrorgarh - 60 kms  
Shahpura - 150 kms  
Ajmer - 250 kms  
Jaipur - 360 kms  
Jodhpur - 380 kms

 

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