Rao Raj Vilas, also known as The Kuchesar Fort, is 18th-century fort a heritage resort formed by restoring a section of Ajit Singh's family's ancestral property belonging former princely state, Kuchesar. Built in 1734, and surrounded by a 100-acre mango grove, it is located in Kuchesar (District Bulandshahr) , a village two hours away from New Delhi, seven km off highway NH 24 between Hapur and Garhmukteshwar, and it was restored by Neemrana Hotels and turned into a heritage hotel in 1998.
From NH-24 that goes to Garh, there is small town known as "Kuchesar Road Chopla" there is a road that is connected to Siyana, after moving 7 km from Chopla Kuchesar comes, where the Kuchesar Fort is located. Village "Banhpur" is just 2.5 Km away from Kuchesar fort on the way from kuchesar to Siyana bypass road.
Bhual and his three brothers were the first to arrive in this area during 18th century. His Grandson, Chhatar Singh served with Mirza Ali Beg, the Jagirdar of Chitsauna, obtaining both power and large estate. His sons joined Maharaja Jawahar Singh, the Jat ruler of Bharatpur State to avenge the death of his father King Suraj Mal. Later they were offered the Jagir of Kuchesar with the title of Rao and office of Chormar by Mughal emperor Najib-ud-Daula.
The mud fort of Kuchesar was captured in 1763 but was recovered by the Jat rulers by 1782 and it remained in the family since then and was granted lease by the Mughal emperor Shah Alam in 1790 and then by the British in 1807. This fort was built with seven turrets as an anti cannon attack from Britishers.
The Kuchesar Fort was brought into the Ajit Singh's family’s possession in the eighteenth century when the Mughal emperor Najib ad-Dawlah bestowed the Jat family with the title of Rao Bahadur and the Jagir of Kuchesar comprised 365 villages. Thereafter, structures were added to the fort which reveal different architectural influences. The family currently resides in a part that houses the erstwhile reception and dining halls built in the colonial style. The section that has been made into the hotel bears influence of Mughal architecture. It rooms enclose a square courtyard and have balconies with arches and lattice edges that are quintessentially Mughal in style. Kuchesar is surrounded by lush green farms.also its popular for Brahambhat Brahman, they was the "RAJKAVI " or state poet of Kuchesar,
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