Nahargarh Fort


Nahargarh Fort JaipurThe Indian state of Rajasthan is famous for its royal heritage. Formed by   the union of many princely states ruled mainly by Rajputs, Rajasthan has many forts and   palaces. Some of these palaces and forts are associated with important historical events as   well. Nahargarh Fort, along with other two forts viz., Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, once formed   a strong defense for Jaipur city. Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, this fort was   originally named Sudarshangarh Fort. Later, it was given a new name, Nahargarh which means   'abode of tigers'. Located in one of the oldest mountain ranges of the world, the Aravalli   Hills, this fort gives you a breathtaking view of the scenic surroundings. One of the major   tourist attractions of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort is noted for its extended wall which connects it   to the Jaigarh Fort.

History Of The Fort  

Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, founder of Jaipur, on the   Aravalli hills, as a retreat place. Nahargarh Fort is connected to the Jaigarh Fort through   its fortifications. It is believed that the construction of this fort was obstructed by the   spirit of a Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia. However, the spirit was pacified when a temple   dedicated to him was built inside the fort. Sawai Ram Singh renovated this fort in 1868.

 Architectural Layout Of The Fort  

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.

Important Battles

 Nahargarh Fort was never attacked but, it witnessed some major historical events, like the   treaties with the Maratha forces which attacked Jaipur in the 18th century. This fort gave   shelter to many Europeans in this region, including the British Resident's wife, during the   Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.  

Nearby Tourist Attractions  

Located 2.7km away from the 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. Located in a scenic backdrop of the Aravalli Hills,   Nahargarh Fort offers a breathtaking view of the hilly milieu. The wonderful trek from the   foot of the hill to the top, where the fort is located, is truly a great experience.

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