A two hour drive (maybe three, depends on how you drive) away from Delhi lies a fort once destroyed. Dadhikar Fort, in Dadhikar village next to Alwar, is a good weekend getaway or day-trip option. Although not entirely in the same league as Neemrana, Dadhikar Fort has its own charm.
Dadhikar Fort History
A heritage palace, the Dadhikar Fort was constructed around 9-10 century as a residential camp in the forests of the Aravali Hills by King Chand. The king’s family had to leave their capital (Abhanagari) after a flood destroyed everything. Slowly the King settled into Dadhikar, building the fort, before leaving for Alwar. Thereafter Dadhikar became the place for military camps and manufacturing of battle arms.
Initially, the area was called “Derakar” (literally to make camp) and later changed its name to Dadhikar.
Gurgaon To Dadhikar Fort
The fort is nestled far away from most civilisation, yet it’s not that hard to reach from Delhi (Gurgaon) or Jaipur. Each room is different and with its own character (and of course very well maintained). The food was surprising good given that Neemrana has always disappointed me in that area.
If you’re coming from Delhi/Gurgaon, take NH8 till Bhiwadi/Dharuhera and then follow SH25 till Alwar. Don’t enter Alwar, the fort is located outside the town. The road till Alwar is spectacular (it’s a toll road) but once you begin the road towards the lake, it gets a bit dodgy. Make sure you book your reservation or lunch from their website.
Dadhikar Fort Photo Gallery
Here are some images from our trip to Dadhikar Fort. I’m sure that the place looks more spruced up now.