September 10, 2013

Quote of the post: "Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defense triangle for the city. From the top of the fort, enjoy the breathtaking views of the hilly milieu like balloon ride located in a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli Hills" - Quote about Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur by Sachin Kumar Gupta

After visiting lavish Amer and Jaigarh Fort, we approached towards the 'Nahargarh Fort', which formed a strong defense for Jaipur city. It is built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734. Nahargarh Fort is connected to the Jaigarh Fort through its fortifications. This Place was a picnic spot for the Royal family. One can easily reach Nahargarh Fort of Rajasthan from the city by taking local Buses or by hiring local Taxis. Hire an autorickshaw from Amber Fort (A) and take a round trip of nearby places like Nahargarh Fort (C) and Jaigarh Fort (B). It might set you back by about INR 250-300, but the views are going to be worth every penny.

Pink City Jaipur Forts Map
Nahargarh Fort Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Entrance fee: INR 20 for Indian Tourists and INR 50 for Foreign Tourists.

*On the left of Tadigate exists the holy shrine of "Lord Sudershan" or Govind Devji. Initially the fort was dedicated to him and named as SudershangarhLater, it was given a new name, Nahargarh which means 'abode of tigers'.

*The awe-inspiring palace "Madhavendra Bhawan" built by Sawai Madho Singh exists within the center of the fort. This palace is excellent mix architecture of Indian and European styles. From top of the roof you can enjoy the views of Man Sagar lake and the vast sprawling city of Jaipur like the balloon ride. The two storied palace is divided into nine similar apartments. Each apartment is a double storied building which contains a lobby, bedroom, toilet, store, kitchen etc designed as per the needs of royal families. The walls are beautifully decorated with paintings and minutes of information which are clear even today. 
The Nahargarh Fort of Rajasthan was used as a retreat for the ladies of the royal household. The Women quarters were set up in a tricky way that the Maharaja could pay a visit to any queen’s room without the familiarity of the other queens. 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. 

*Terrace of the Fort: This was the best part of the fort to visit. Once you are on top of the fort, enjoy the breath taking views of pink city Jaipur from Nahargarh Fort. Jantar Mantar is one of the five astronomical observatories in western central India. Other places worth visiting nearby are the City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jalmahal, Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort. We can easily finger point these places from this fort-top. I could not resist myself from clicking the views in the frames, neither could Meenal and Tanuj.

*The Nahargarh Fort, in contrast to the other forts of Rajasthan, is neither very massive nor very crowded. As such it offers a perfect retreat for all those who wish to spend some quiet moments with themselves. The tranquility offered by the fort draws many tourists from far and wide. This pleasure palace of Rajasthan is one of the most loved picnic spot today. It looks most classy when floodlit at night. The fort overlooks the city and presents a glittering view of the city lights. 

*Bawdi is the water tank, Though the water inside is quite dirty. 

*Durg cafeteria is located just above the entrance and provides refreshment for the tourists. 

*The Padao restaurant situated in the western part is open only in the evenings and sells drinks to its customers. You can enjoy classy and glittering views when floodlit at night. 

The wonderful trek from the foot of the hill to the top, where the fort is located, is truly a great experience. Some famous scenes of the Bollywood movie 'Rang De Basanti' were shot at Nahargarh fort. 1.5 to 2 hours would be good enough to explore this fort by foot. What I saw was interesting enough to write about.. I would recommend a visit here if you are ever in Jaipur, specially for 2 days visit in Jaipur!


Rimjhim said...

Nice info & photographs.

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