The Bala Qila (young fort) is a towering fort that crowns Alwar’s most prominent hilltop. Amazing fortifications surround the Nikumbha Mahal Palace at the top, which has graceful carved marble columns and delicate latticed balconies with drooping Bangaldar eaves. The fort is 595 mts. above the city, and extends about 5 kms from north to south and 1.6 kms from east to west.
The fort has 15 large and 51 small towers, which contain 446 loopholes for the musketry; its eight towers all around are meant for its defenses. The most magnificent are the 3,599 kanguras or machicolations, each containing two loopholes for musketry. The fort can be entered through six gates, namely Jai Pol, Laxman Pol, Chand Pol, Krishan Pol and Andheri Gate.