Madhogarh City Guide

Nestled amidst beautiful mango orchards, the Madhogarh Fort Madhogarh lies about 42 km away from Jaipur off the Jaipur-Agra Highway No. NH11. Built by the Kachhawaha Rajputs of Amber-Jaipur, Madhogarh Fort gained historical importance when Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh Ji chose this fort as is headquarters during his campaign against the Marathas. On 28th July1787, the historic battle between the Rajputs and the Marathas was fought in the plains of Tunga, at a mere distance of about 1 km from Madhogarh Fort in Rajasthan India.

The battle commenced at 9 am and continued till about an hour after sunset. The combined Rajput battalion of Jaipur and Jodhpur comprised of about 50,000 soldiers, while the Maratha army was comparatively larger, with about 80,000 soldiers. The Maratha army boasted of a professionally trained battalion under the command of renowned Maratha general, Mahadaji Scindia. Nevertheless, the Maratha force was forced to abandon the battlefield and leave at night. The battle saw casualties numbering in thousands. Even today, people claim that in some fields of Tunga fragments of rusted war equipments and human bones are found.

The Fort Attraction

In Madhogarh-Tunga, you have nothing except a fort for sightseeing. But it's a nice place to stay anyway, because it's quiet and pleasant in here. Built by the Kachhawaha Rajputs (of Amber-Jaipur), the fort is an imposing monument nestling amidst mango orchards.It's still in great shape, rising from the earth like a solid chunk of strength. The fort has now been converted into a heritage hotel.

A Battle Site

Madhogarh-Tunga was also the site of a battle between the Kachhawaha Rajputs and the Marathas, both parties being famed for their fighting prowess. Things got really bad during Sawai Prithvi Singh's time (ruled 1778-1803), because he and the Maratha General Mahadji Scindia were always at each other's throats. Once the latter advanced upto Dausa, which was alarmingly close to Jaipur. War was thus inevitable. The Maratha and Jaip Book Your Tourur forces met at Tunga where a fierce battle was fought for three days in May 1787. But the Marathas, who were supposedly trained by a French, were no match for the Rajputs and were defeated.