A 400-year-old Rajput fort went under the hammer after five hours of frenetic bidding at an open auction among 17 prospective buyers, with the offer going for just over Rs 7.01 crore. Thanagazi fort, 40km from Alwar near Sariska Tiger reserve, now belongs to Ramesh Meena, an Alwar-based property dealer. The second highest bidder, hotelier Gaj Singh Alsisar, lost by a margin of just Rs 1,000.
Thanagazi was a major defensive town of Alwar principality adjacent to Jaipur state. The massive fort on the hilltop was under Maharaja of Alwar until it was taken over by the government in the late 1960s. Its fringes touch Sariska tiger dens and the fort has significant historical importance. It now falls in the national capital region of Delhi.
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