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THE HISTORIC BACKGROUND The Ahhichatragarh fort is a medieval Rajput fortress in Rajasthan, of the 4th century A.D Nagaur's strategic location attracted several rulers for control over this key fort Sultan Behram Shah initiated the building in the early 12th century.
Sheesh Mahal and the entrance pavilion were built during the reign of Hassan Kali (1563-1570) to commemorate Akbar's visit to Nagaur. King Bakht Singh ruled over Nagaur between 1725 - 1751 and built Abha Mahal and Hawa Mahal The last building was built in 1725
Born 23rd March 1943, studied under Kahn at Pennsylvania for her Masters in Architecture. She teaches at CEPT, Ahmedabad, since 1971, in Architecture and Urban Design. Under her, many reports on historic cities of Gujarat have been produced. She has
The fort has its battlemented walls, massive bastions, lofty gates and handsome buildings and is approximately 370 m x 425 m The fort wall has temples, a baori, a wall and two small palaces on the north and south side
co-authored Mud Architecture of the Indian Desert, Fort of Nagaur and Indian City in the Arid West, with Prof. K. Jain. She has been involved in the design of many residences
The complex houses palaces, buildings and gardens. They provide delightful internal and external, and recreational and functional areas. Standard sandstone
& institutional buildings.Housing and conservation of historic buildings has been one of her major
construction is used with white, yellow or red sandstone. These are finished with gypsum plaster or chunnam plaster
interests. She is currently involved in the conservation of Nagaur Fort in Rajasthan with the Meherangarh Museum Trust and funding from the Getty Foundation, USA. She has to her credit the Kitply award for conservation and Hari Om award for Low Cost Housing for rural and urban areas.
Until about a decade ago, this place was almost as good as lost to posterity In the moat area encroachments and shops shift the historic value Vegetational growth, seepage and rising damp contributed to the damage as many structures are in a state of impending collapse

The conservation work envisages the future use of the palace complex and to preserve the physical fabric in the changed scenario.

The approach is in the spirit of minimum intervention while respecting its historicity with the use of local crafts, construction skills of lime mortar, stone carving and revival of traditional craft skills.

Along the external fortification wall, stabilization and certain repairs are considered. The damaged fort and its structures will be stabilized. Large grounds of the fort have deteriorated.

Nagaur being a desert region, faced water problems from its inception. A special water system was designed and the conservation project includes documentation and restoration of the systems

The Meherangarh museum trust took up the restoration in 1988 Students of School of Architecture under the guidance of Prof. Jain did the documentation Later, with the help of INTACH, some necessary repairs were undertaken

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