While the sights on popular historical trails are too good to resist, there are numerous intriguing destinations somewhere in between, not known by too many people. One such place is a town called Mahwa in Dausa district of Rajasthan. Located 62 km from Dausa, and 114 km from Jaipur, Mahwa sits unobtrusively and almost invisible on the NH11 highway between Agra and Jaipur.
For those with an adventurous spirit and no fixed itineraries, take a short detour to the Mahwa Fort. This relatively unknown fort lies between Bharatpur and Dausa. A small dirt track off the main highway will lead you up a small hill to the fort. A crumbling dilapidated structure, the fort has unusual access in the form of steps between dwarf walls, the tops of which are used for drying cow dung for fuel. The central area of the fort is surrounded by an outer wall, built solidly with bastions. The interiors of the fort have overgrown, thorny vegetation all around.
The fort was said to be built over 400 years ago by Raja Singh of the Kushwaha dynasty. Since it was situated on the border of Bharatpur, the fort had immense strategic importance back in the day.
The fort also houses a temple to the Goddess Sheela Devi. As the tale goes, killing snakes was completely forbidden here, as per her wishes. It is said that a snake was once killed in the fortress, after which all the generations of the family who lived here were cursed. The people in Mahwa believe that a pair of giant serpents still live somewhere within the confines of the fort.
Drive to a village called Peetaliya Balaji, about 3 km away from the main Mahwa bypass. The village is home to an old temple of Lord Hanuman called Mandir Peetaliya Balaji. While heading back into Mahwa town, visitors can also stop at the Ganesh mandir in the middle of the town.
If you can’t get enough of being on the road, drive for an hour outside Mahwa to the Mehndipur Balaji temple. This temple full of miracles dedicated to Lord Hanuman is known for healing exorcism.
Take in the monumental beauty of architecture from the Gupta Dynasty at a place called Abhaneri, an hour away from Mahwa. The monuments here are made using carved stones, characteristic of architecture in the Medieval times. The Harshat Mata temple and the Chand Baor are popular attractions here.
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