As you know that Jaipur is full of wondrous monuments and this city has so much to offer! Beautiful history, charismatic places, delicious food, and heartwarming people, India never ceases to surprise.
After visiting Hawa Mahal: The Palace Of Breeze, we headed towards capturing the enthralling view and beautiful sunset.
Following the google maps, we were roaming on the streets of Jaipur to reach our next destination ‘Nahargarh Fort’. But after around 45 minutes we reached the Nahargarh Fort from the main Jaipur city.
Nahargarh Fort, lying on top of a hill overlooking Jaipur is one of the best gateways you’ll experience from the daily hustle and it’s the perfect break. This fort is a bit far from the Jaipur city but it gives the best viewpoint to watch the sunset.
I always like to watch the sunset from the beach but I would say, the sunset from this fort took my breath away.
I still remember the days with special affection, I had left chaos and skies completely grey, to start seeing Jaipur with more light and colour.
One of the forts in Royal Jaipur that you won’t want to miss.
Nahargarh Fort was constructed by the king of Jaipur Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1734 as a place of retreat on 700 ft. high Aravali hills encircling the Pink City, Jaipur. Throughout its history, this beautiful fort has never been attacked. If you want to enjoy the natural surroundings of Jaipur and the surrounding area, then keep this place in your bucket list.
To dine in the romantic ambience of the restaurant ‘Padao’ is a pleasure every couple takes when in Jaipur. When you have such rooftop sitting like that of Padao Restaurant where you can witness the panoramic view of the city of Jaipur, then dining becomes even more romantic.
The magnificent fort has a medieval step-well (kund) was built for conserving rainwater coming through the channels laid out on the hills of Nahargarh where the most popular Bollywood films Rang De Basanti & Jodha Akbar shooting has also been done. The best hangout place for teenagers too.
The mesmerizing scenes from the city’s fort and walls remind me of the Great Wall of China, built on almost the same scale. The fort was built for many queens but there is no match for the views outside from the top of the Nahargarh fort.
The splendid architectural gem ‘Nahargarh Fort’ is also well known for the Sheesh Mahal, Wax Museum, Madhavendra Bhavan Palace Complex and abode of tigers. The glass floor of the Sheesh Mahal and majestic animals such as tigers, leopards, and Asiatic lions make it a unique place to visit.
Moreover, you can also have the glimpses of peacocks on both sides of the road while going uphill to the fort. The view from the top makes the visit worth the crazy long drive from Jaipur to the fort.
How To Reach Nahargarh Fort:
Nahargarh Fort has located around 11 km from Amber Fort and 20 km from the main Jaipur city. If you’ve your own car that’s well and good, otherwise you can also conveniently reach there by taxi too.
Best Time to visit Nahargarh Fort:
The best time to visit the fort is during the winter when the weather is pleasant and you can watch a spectacular sunset as Jaipur turns into a lake of lights. Along with the Nahargarh fort, you can also visit the Jaigarh fort.
You can visit this beautiful palace from 10 am to 6 pm. Also, if you have purchased a composite ticket as I mentioned in my first Jaipur blog, there is no need to buy a separate ticket for Nahargarh Fort. But if you want to visit the Sheesh Mahal & Wax Museum, there is a separate ticket.
Only 4 special days in the year, you can travel without ticket i.e. 30th March (Rajasthan Day), 18th April (World Heritage Day), 18th May (International Museum Day) and 27th September (World Tourism Day).
Nahargarh Fort Architecture:
The walls are spread over the surrounding hills, which make fortifications, which connect this fort with the fort of Jaigarh, the old capital of Amber. The Nahargarh Fort was built to protect the royal Jaipur city. It was built so strategically in the Aravali hills so that a 360-degree view of the city can be captured.
If I talk about the architecture of the Nahargarh Fort, you will find that the fort is dominated by amazing structures, whether archived or spread over open places.
While exploring the alleys of Madhavendra Bhavan, I felt like a royal prince. This feeling was so natural that I cannot deny it.
Apart from this, it also has many forts which look like small towns. Along with traditional Rajputana style, the fort also well known for its European style architecture.
If I talk about Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) beautiful Precious Stones, Gold Leaves, Thikri Glasses, Real Artifacts, and Beautiful Handmade Large Size Paintings makes it worth it to visit. Around 2.5 Million Glass Pieces were used to make this ‘Sheesh Mahal’.
If you’re unaware, this is the only Sheesh Mahal in the world which boasts of having a glass floor.
Along with the deserted look of the fort and the ambience when sunshine pours in through the balconies, I was also amazed to see the western-style toilet at Nahargarh Fort.
Curious About the History of Nahargarh Fort:
We all know that Rajasthan’s history is filled with royal stories and regal legends. Despite one of the largest forts of India, Nahargarh Fort is a charm of Rajasthan too. The alluring palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh ll as a retreat palace and was initially named Sudarshangarh Fort.
The land on which the fort was being built was of the Rajput prince Nahar Singh Bhomia. According to the myths, it is believed that the spirit of Nahar Singh Bhomia created obstacles when the fort was being built and haunted the palace.
Therefore, to calm his soul Maharaja Jai Singh built a temple inside the fort at the behest of the soul and named the fort after Nahar Singh.
Besides this, the fort was expanded 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 beauty of this magnificent fort is so spell bounding that I’m still unable to get over it.
Would you imagine how satisfied you will be when you take out time from your hectic life and travel to places like this and get amused by their beauty?
Must visit place if you’re planning your trip to Jaipur.
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