Rajasthan, the state in India is popular for majestic forts, royal heritage and massive palaces. The state which was ruled for the most by Rajputs, has several palaces and forts and some of these forts and palaces are linked with significant historical events. One such grand and magnificent fort is Nahargarh Fort which is located on the Aravalli hill ranges in the Pink City, Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort, in addition with two other forts namely Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort were once a strong pillars for the Jaipur city’s protection and defence.
History of the Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh fort was constructed by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 and was known as Sudarshangarh. It was later renamed as “Nahargarh Fort”. As per the local legends, the restless spirit of a dead prince was disrupting the construction of a fort. It is also said that, whatever was constructed in the day was crumbled in the night. The prince agreed to leave on condition that the fort should be named after him and this how fort got its new name as ” Nahargarh fort”. Nahargarh literally means ‘abode of tigers’ and is located on the one of the oldest mountain ranges, the Aravalli Hills. Originally built during 1734 and later extended during the year of 1868, this massive fort gives an astounding view of the picturesque surroundings and is one of the main tourist spot in Jaipur.
Architecture of the Fort:
- The fort is constructed based on the Indo-European style of architecture and there are several structures within the walls of the fort.
- When you enter though the main entrance, you will see a temple ‘Tadigate’ which is devoted to the idol of Jaipur rulers. There is one more important temple inside the fort which is dedicated to Nahar Singh Bhomia, the prince of Rathore.
- ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ is a two-store building was constructed by Sawai Madho Singh and was the summer destination for the royal family members. It is another important structure in the fort and has suite for the ruler and 12 matching boudoirs for his queens. The structure is segregated into 9 analogous apartments and every apartment has bedrooms, lobby, kitchen, toilets and store. They are all attached by corridors which are adorned with delicate murals. Even today, this palace is a favourite location for local picnickers.
- Other structures in the palace consist of Diwan-I-Aam. It is an open air area which was where the king addresses the common people and hear out their worries and complaints.
Nearby Places to Visit:
- Around 2.7 km from the fort lies a Jantar Mantar which is one of the popular locations in Jaipur and it is astronomical observatories in India.
- Other nearby attractions are Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort.
- The City Palace of Jaipur is also located close to the fort.
- A must visit place nearby is Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal.
- A great walk from the hill foot to the top of the fort is an amazing experience and to see the most beautiful setting by the nature.
- Several Bollywood blockbuster movies are filmed in this fort including Rang De Basanti, Jodha Akbar, some scenes of Shuddh Desi Romance and Bengali movie Sonar Kella were also shot here.
How to Reach to Nahargarh Fort
By Air: The nearest domestic airport is at Sanganer which is about 7 km from the main city and international airport is at around 10 km. One can then hire a taxi or take a bus to Nahargarh fort.
By Rail : There are 3 railway stations nearby, namely Jaipur, Gandhinagar and Durgapur. The city railway station is just 17 km away from the fort area.
By Road: The fort is easily accessible by road. From the capital city, one can take a bus, a taxi or an auto rickshaw to reach to this splendid Fort.
Best Time to Visit:
Since Rajasthan is a desert area, temperature is always warm all the time. So it is advisable to visit it during the months of winter, that is from October to March. Days in winter will be sunny and temperature will be approx. 20-22 degrees while nights are cooler with the temperature dropping to around 5 degrees.
Nahargarh Fort have witnessed several historical events and it is a proud symbol of India’s massive architecture and ancient heritage. Nahargarh Fort is one of the main tourist location in Jaipur. No doubt, it is a visual treat to watch the massive palace stand firmly in its glory in the day light but the evenings looks magical and fort looks like a dream. For the best view, visit the fort at the evening to get an amazing view of the city when the lights are on and shows a glittering sight of the city lights.
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