In a quaint district named Pali, nestled beautifully on the banks of the River Bandi, just 35 km from Jodhpur lies Fort Auwa.
Here are 6 reasons to visit this place :
1. The Fort is famous for the 1857 mutiny in Rajasthan that began from Auwa when various Thakurs of Pali region confronted the British. The fort has seen a lifetime of wars, the battle scars still visible in bullet ridden walls; the fort heralds a history 1000 years old.
2. The architecture of the fort is an unusual mix of pre-Mughal traditional Hindu sculpture with Neo-Colonial, Indo-Saracenic style. The old fort is embellished by decorated surfaces, and horseshoe, pointed, and multi-foil arches, spires and minarets in a magnificent manner. Untouched by the pace of modern times, here kids hum latest Hindi songs yet fly kites, women wear long ‘ghunghats’ and swing babies in cloth ‘palnas’, men make potteries to earn a living and villagers bow heads in reverence to greet the royal family.
3. It’s not the Rajasthan you know, its offbeat, its forgotten Rajasthan. You may not find a BMW here, but you will surely get to see the vintage Buick. It’s a place where the relics of 1857 mutiny (first war of independence) are still preserved and the forgotten tale of extreme sacrifice for human freedom by the unsung heroes of the Satyagraha movement in Rajasthan (1643) are still recalled by the locals who take pride in it.
4. The Fort Auwa, stands tall in the rich soil of innocence, sacrifice, valor and reverence called Auwa, a quaint village in Pali district of Rajasthan. With 19 comfortable rooms available to guests as well as a lavish dining area serving authentic mouth watering Rajasthani cuisine, Fort Auwa narrates forgotten tales of the majestic Rajasthan.
5. As you enter the courtyard there is a steeple in the middle and it is surrounded by old historical ruins which give you a fleeting glimpse of times gone by. It offers the discerning traveller an aesthetic peaceful retreat. Create your own memories here, watching the sunrise and sunset on old stone walls; celebrate tranquillity in this land marked by history. It’s a magical fairy tale setting and a near perfect historical destination.
6. There are few interesting places of nearby like the following –
Bangur Museum -It is situated in the Pali city, named after Mr. Bangur, like many other buildings in Pali-Bangur Hospital, Bangur Dharmshala. Many old historical and artistic items like dresses, coins, arms etc. are kept here to attract tourists interested in Rajasthani culture.
Lakhotia Garden – Lakhotia Garden is situated in the heart of Pali city and surrounded by a pond. One beautiful temple of Lord Shiva is also situated in the middle of the garden.
Somnath Mandir – Historical Somnath Mandir is famous for its historical background and Shilpart. This Shiva temple is situated in the middle of the city. It was constructed by King of Gujarat Kumarpal Solanki in 1209 or A.D.1152.
Baoris -There are numerous Baoris (stepwells) in Pali and each has its own unique design and architectural excellence.
Maharana Pratap Smarak – The birthplace of Maharana Pratap, situated near Somnath temple. He was a loyal king and fought for India’s Independence.