Offbeat Alert: All About The Ater Fort In Madhya Pradesh

The fort, originally known as Devagiri, was meticulously constructed between 1664 and 1668 AD by the Bhadauria rulers
Ater Fort In Madhya Pradesh
The fort has many impressive gates Shutterstock

Deep within the stunning and rugged terrain of the Chambal ravines, the Ater Fort stands as a testament to the rich history and architectural prowess of the region. Currently in a state of disrepair, this fort is located just 100 kilometers from Gwalior and 35 kilometers from Bhind near the Uttar Pradesh border in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The fort, originally known as Devagiri, was meticulously constructed between 1664 and 1668 AD by the Bhadauria rulers Badan Singh, Maha Singh, and Bakhat Singh. This historical site holds great significance, deriving its name "Badhwar" from the valour and contributions of the Bhadauria rulers, adding to its allure and cultural importance.



The fort's construction was started in A.D. 1644 by the Bhadoria chief, Badan Singh Judeo, and was finished by Mahsingh in 1668. It is strategically positioned and fortified with bastions at regular intervals. The fort can be accessed through a gate on the west and approached through three gates, each with high walls on either side. Beyond the last gate is what used to be the main residential area of the royal family.


The former palaces in the fort are attractively constructed around open courtyards. The remains of the Diwan-I-Am and Diwan-I-Khas demonstrate the magnificence of the period's architecture. The residential structure has a seven-story tower. The top storeys to the north and south have pavilions with projection balconies and expansive terraces in front. Some of the most noteworthy old constructions are the Khooni Darwaza, Badan Singh Ka Mahal, Hathiapor, Raja Ka Bangla, Rani Ka Bangla, and Barah Khamba Mahal.


Places To Visit Nearby

Chambal Sanctuary

The National Chambal Sanctuary (NCS) earned its status as a protected area back in 1979. Stretching across 400 km along the Chambal River and encompassing 1235 sq. km of ravines, it provides a haven for a diverse range of wildlife, such as gharials, marsh crocodiles, turtles, smooth-coated otters, and the Gangetic river dolphin. The sanctuary is also a haven for over 330 bird species, with the Indian Skimmer among them. Visitors can partake in enriching boat safaris, where they can witness the endangered gharials lazing in the sun and, if fortunate, catch a glimpse of the playful dolphins.


Gwalior, which is about a two-hour drive away, is perched on a rocky hilltop and boasts several forts, palaces, temples, and museums. Notable structures within the fort include the Man Singh Palace, renowned for its intricate tile work, and the Sas Bahu Temples, dedicated to Vishnu. The city also holds renown for its musical heritage, being the birthplace of the great classical musician Tansen. Check here for our itinerary to the city.

Getting There

The nearest airport is at Gwalior and it has excellent flight connectivity to other cities. The nearest railhead is Bhind railway station which lies on Gwalior-Agra train route. As Bhind is a relatively small station, you could also opt for Gwalior station and take a cab from there.

Best Time To Visit

It is best to come here either during the monsoon season or in winter. The area is a dry and arid region, and rainfall is below average, hence avoid the summer season which prevails from March to July month.

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