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Ballabgarh Fort Palace

Place :

Faridabad, Haryana


Heritage site in Haryana.

Best Season

October to March

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The historical palace of Raja Nahar Singh commonly known as Ballabgarh Fort Palace is located at Ballabhgarh in Faridabad District of Haryana. Dates back to 18th century AD, it is about 15 km from south Delhi, on Delhi Agra highway (NH-2). Declared as a Heritage site in Haryana, it is a must see sight for the tourists who love historical monuments.

Though the earliest parts of the palace were built by Rao Balram the predecessor of Raja Nahar Singh which lasted from 1702 to 1754. But the palace was named after the Raja Nahar Singh, who gave up his life in the War of Independence that happened in 1857. The fort was renovated several times, once by Raja Nahar Singh itself and for that , over 50 well skilled artisans were imported to Haryana from Rajasthan.

The palace is similar to the palaces of Deeg and Bharatpur, which is decorated with intricate cupolas and minars on its four corners of which only two can be seen now, due to age and neglect.

Now the palace has now been taken over by the Haryana Tourism and converted into a heritage motel-cum-restaurant in 2003. Built of sandstone in Shekhawati style, the palace which was in ruins, was again renovated to a wonderful specimen of architectural design with the help of well known team of experts Francis Nacziarg, a French architect and Aman Nath.

Nearby is the Ballabgarh Lake where you can enjoy a quiet picnic and angling.

The palace beautified with antiques, relics of a bygone past, stone jallies and intricately carved arches, take one back to the times of the Raja Nahar Singh. The facilities here include six beautifully decorated guest rooms with A/c, restaurant, bar, lounge and period style courtyard, gardens and pavilions which are ideal for holding grand heritage weddings. The palace and its surroundings is the favourite spot among the producers of teleserials.

The palace is the venue of exhibitions, musical nights, fairs and melas with crafts, food-stalls, acrobat etc. Fashion shows , meditation , yoga and art of living courses are also conducted here. The fort houses one of the most splendid paintings of the ancient times.

A stadium named Raja Nahar Singh Stadium was built in Faridabad in 1981 for playing international cricket. It has the capacity to accommodate around 25,000 people. There is also an outdoor tennis court. The facilities available here are health club, restaurant, card room coffee shop, president box, commentator box, media box and press box etc. A beautiful rose garden is located besides the stadium with different varieties of roses.