Nahargarh Fort– The holiday home of the Amer kings is a must visit place on your trip to Jaipur. The newly constructed seesh mahal and wax musuem are added attraction. The Fort which was constructed as a retreat is truly fantastic. Ancient architecture and heritage of the place is worth visiting. The most splendid aspect of Nahargarh is the view of the city from the top, especially in the evenings.
Nahargarh Fort Jaipur
Nahargarh Fort is situated at the highest level. Its the third stop after visiting Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort. The view of the city from the fort is breathtaking.
Built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, the fort was constructed as a place of retreat on the summit of the Aravali ridge above the city. Walls extended over the surrounding hills, forming fortifications that connected this fort to Jaigarh, the fort above the old capital of Amber. Though the fort never came under attack during the course of its history, it did see some historical events, including the treaties with the Maratha forces who warred with Jaipur in the 18th century.
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It is said that during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Europeans of the region, including the British Resident’s wife, were moved to Nahargarh fort by the king of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh, for their protection.
The fort was extended in 1868 during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh. In 1883-92, a range of palaces was built at Nahargarh by Dirgh patel at a cost of nearly three and a half lakh rupees. The Madhavendra Bhawan, built by Sawai Madho Singh had suites for the queens of Jaipur and at the head was a suite for the king himself. The rooms are linked by corridors and still have some delicate frescoes. Nahargarh was also a hunting residence of the Maharajas.
The Architecture of Nahargarh Fort
Constructed in yellow sandstone, the architecture of this fort is marvelous. It was constructed in the 18th Century. The fort has several palaces, courtyards and view points. The fort follows Indo-European architecture and there are many structures inside the fort. To the left of the entrance gate ‘Tadigate’, there is a temple dedicated to the deity of Jaipur rulers. Apart from this, there is another temple inside the fort, dedicated to the Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia.
Another attraction in the fort is the ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ built by Sawai Madho Singh. This is a two-storey building which has suites for the king and his twelve queens. It is divided into nine similar apartments and each of these apartments has a lobby, bedrooms, toilets, kitchen and store. Other structures inside the palace include Diwan-I-Aam, an open air enclosure where the king met the common men and listened to their problems and complaints.
Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the beautiful Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The view of the city from the fort is impressive. Open from 10 AM not 8:00 am Along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defense ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of tigers’. The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort. Nahar’s spirit was pacified by building a temple in his memory within the fort, which thus became known by his name.
Tickets and Timings for Nahargarh Fort
Ticket for the fort was @ Rs. 50 for Indians and Rs 200 for foreigners. The fort opens at 10 AM and closes at 6 PM for visitors. Tickets for Seesh Mahal and Wax museum are separately priced and are optional.
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