Kuchesar Fort, also known as the Mud Fort, is an 18th-century fort located in Kuchesar, India. Built in 1734, it is surrounded by 100 acres of mangrove forest. It is a heritage resort formed by the restoration of a section of Ajit Singh's ancestral property, which was formerly a part of the princely state of Kuchesar.
Bhual, along with his three brothers, was among the first to arrive during the 18th century. Bhual's grandson, Chhatar Singh, served with the Jagirdar of Chitsauna, Mirza Ali Beg. During this time the family accrued both power and significant estate. Bhual's sons joined Maharaja Jawahar Singh, the Jat ruler of Bharatpur State. Maharaja Jawahar Singh sought to avenge the death of his father King Suraj Mal. In return, Bhual and his family were offered the Jagir of Kuchesar with the title of Rao and Office of Chormar by Mughal emperor Najib-ad-Dawlah.
The mud fort of Kuchesar was captured in 1764 but was recovered by the Jat rulers by 1782. It remained in the family and was leased by the Mughal emperor Shah Alam in 1790 and by the British in 1807. It was built with seven turrets to prevent British cannon attacks.
The fort was restored by Neemrana Hotels and turned into a heritage hotel in 1994. A family occupies a portion of the hotel that includes the former reception and colonial style dining halls. The section that has been restored and made into the hotel bears the influence of Mughal architecture. Its rooms had balconies with arches and lattice edges that are in the Mughal style.
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