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The fort of Sabalgarh

Amongst the monuments of the medieval age the fort of sabalgarh is worth visiting. The beautiful ‘Bandh’ built
behind the fort in the Scindia period has made the whole scene most fascinating. The foundation of Sabalgarh
was laid by a ‘Gujar’ named Sabla in the past. Construction of the fort on a somewhat high cliff was made by
Gopal Singh, the Raja of Karoli. Sikandar Lodhi sent a big army to hold control over this strongly built fort. The
Marathas in their campaign of northern India again won it and gave it back to the king of Karoli. But in the year
1795 A.D. it was again snatched away from him by Khande Rao whose big house still stands there. During the
regime of Lord Vallejali Daulat Rao Scindia (1764-1837) lived in this fort of Gwalior. It was seized by the
English in the year 1804-5. In 1809 the area around this fort was added in the kingdom of Scindia.

Pahadgarh (Cave paintings in the cave shelters)

Twelve miles away from Pahargarh in the south east there is a chain of 86 caves and cave shelters. They are said
to be contemporary of cave shelters of 'Bhim Baitka' of Bhopal. In the beginning of civilisation people got shelter
in these caves. Seeing the scene of men and women, birds and animals, hunting and dancing in the cave paintings
it appears as if human art flourished in the valley of Chambal in the pre historic period and it searched
undiminishing colours for its expression.


Amongst many cave shelters on the banks of river Asan there is Likhichhaj which has remained a centre of
attraction for a very long period. Likhichhaj means a hill bending onward like a balcony. In its natural pillarless
verandah there are many pictures drawn in the mixed colours of geru and khariya. Neechta, Kundighat, Baradeh,
Ranideh, Khajura, Keetya, Siddhawali and Hawamahal are other worth visiting caves or cave shelters.


Jaleshwar of 8 th to 12th century is Norar of today. Here many temples were built. Out of them twenty one
temples are still standing on three sides of the mountain. In them Jhankies in the style of pratihar Nagar, and rapid
have been exhibited. On the mountain there is a rare tank with stairs which supplies water to all of them. The
tank has been made by cutting out the rocks of the mountain. There are some statues of different deities.