Rajasthan Heritage Places
Nahargarh Fort, Nahargarh
Fort is located on the sheer rugged ridge of Aravali Hills and it forms an impressive
northern backdrop of Jaipur. It looks most classy when floodlit at night. The
fort overlooks the city and presents a glittering view of the city lights. It
was built in 1734 and extended in 1868. Nahargarh meaning abode of the tigers
was built by Jai Singh to bolster the defence of Amber.
The legend also have it that it was named Nahargarh after Nahar Singh a prince
whose spirit would destroy the construction and not allow its progress further.
So after a tantrik prayer to the spirit it agreed to leave on condition that
the fort is named after him. The Madhavendra Bhawan, built by Sawai Ram Singh
II has uniquely a cluster of 12 identical suits for queens and at the head is
a suit for the king himself.
The rooms are linked by corridors and retain some delicate frescos as well as
toilets and kitchen hearths. It was used by members of the royal family for
excursion in summers and is now even a favoured picnic spot. Durg Cafeteria
just above the entrance sells meals and refreshments, while Padao Restaurant
on the west sells drinks around sunset.
Tour in Jaipur opens up an array of architectural marvels that the royal state
of Rajasthan is famous for. And Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur is a massive structure
that gives vacationers a glimpse of the architectural wonders that dots the
Pink city of India.
or the Tiger Fort is the first of the three forts built by the kings of Jaipur.
Built mainly in 1734 by Jai Singh II, it lies 6 km north west of City Palace
and provides some stunning views of the city of Jaipur down below to the Man
Sagar Lake. The imposing fort harbors many legends and three kings have added
their stamp at different times to the structures within the fort.
in the midst of this lake is a palatial duck blind, which was used for shooting
parties by the erstwhile royal family. A royal retreat for the Maharanis, it
was also used as a personal treasury for many years.
Beyond the hills of Jaigarh, stands the fort of Nahargarh like a watchful sentinel
guarding Sawai Jai Singh's beautiful capital. It overlooks the city from a sheer
ridge to the north, and is floodlit at night. Much of the original structures
are now in ruins, but the lovely buildings added by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai
Madho Singh II in the 19 th century are preserved in a good condition. Some
of the rooms provide the most spectacular view of the city below.
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