The Tordi Fort was established in the 16th century by the Thakur Akhey Singhji of the Khangarot clan of Rajputs, upon the Thakur's return from victory in Kabul, Afghanistan with the horseback armies of Jaipur State. The King of Jaipur bestowed upon the Thakur the Kharag Vijay Khangar award for his excellent swordsmanship in battle. In return for his services in the victory over Kabul, the Thakur was granted the Jagir (fiefdom) of Tordi. The Fort was constructed in 1652 AD.
The Khangarot clan is an offshoot of the Kushwaha dynasty that once ruled Jaipur and Amer. Thakur Akhey Singhji was a descendant of Khangar Singh, the founder of the Khangarot clan. In the 16th century, after the overthrow of the regional chief, he began construction of the hilltop fortress that, though in ruins, still guards over Tordi today.
Tordi became one of the most important Jagirs of the state of Jaipur. It has been a silent witness to the progress of one family for centuries. The Palace has stood steadfastly by our family through the highs and the lows of 17 generations of life. It has protected us and given us shelter. Above all it has given us our identity.
The impressive Palace of Tordi, which began to be occupied by the fifth generation of the Khangarot clan, is situated in a cosy village at the foot of Tordi Mountain, tucked away in one of the ranges of the Aravalli hills. This range covers an area of 30 kms and abounds in natural beauty.
In 2010, the Palace began opening its doors to guests who are eager to experience the chivalrous hospitality of a Rajput chieftain and to relive, in their ancestral home, the glory of a bygone age.
The village seems untouched by the hustle and bustle of city life. It offers a superb opportunity to anyone who is interested in bird watching, cycling, fishing, and trekking in the mountains and sand dunes that surround the tranquil village.
The village boasts of a water reservoir which covers 25 kms of area and is the home to a number of migratory birds, including bar-headed geese, grey legs, pelicans, pintails, whistling teals, comducks, kingfishers, shikra, coots and spotbills. Tordi is surrounded by a series of hills and a long stretch of sand dunes where one can enjoy horseback riding as well as camel cart excursions.
Forests, seasonal rivers and canals, step wells and ancient temples are other features of the area, where local communities still live as they have done for centuries on their green farms that stretch around the village.
The beauty and the timelessness of nature and tradition at their best can be felt here.