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Photoessay: Nahargarh Fort – of magnificence and grandeur on the Aravalli hills

Think Rajasthan and it immediately conjures images of forts, palaces and royal heritage.   Originally built as a mechanism of defence, the state has many forts that are not only beautiful but also historically very significant.

A window into royal heritage, Nahargarh fort, Jaipur
A window into royal heritage, Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

While the Amer fort is one of the most famous landmarks and monuments of the capital city of Jaipur, the Nahargarh fort is yet another majestic fort that was built to protect the Pink city. A  key point to note is the fact that it had a wall that interconnected it to the Jaigarh Fort.

A view of the Nahargarh fort in Jaipur
A view of the Nahargarh fort in Jaipur

Literally translating into “abode of tigers”, this fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734.  Perched on the Aravalli hills, this fort is a picture of resplendent beauty and is one of the most popular places to visit in Jaipur.

A view of Nahargarh fort, Jaipur
A view of Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

The fort is an excellent example of Indo-European architecture and has a number of structures like temples, halls and enclosures within it.

A view of Nahargarh fort, Jaipur
A view of Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

The most important structure within the fort is “Madhavendra Bhawan” constructed by Sawai Madho Singh who was believed to have twelve queens.  The building which is two storeyed has 12 identical suites for his queens, each consisting of a lobby, kitchen, bedrooms etc. The structure was designed in such a manner that when the king was visiting one queen it was impossible for the others to make out where he was! A truly well thought of strategy indeed!

Inside Nahargarh fort, Jaipur
Inside Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

Frescoes and paintings inside the fort reflect the glory of the yesteryears.

Paintings inside Nahargarh fort, Jaipur
Paintings inside Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

An open enclosure where the king met the public called Diwan-I-Aam is another important feature of the fort.

Inside Nahargarh fort, Jaipur
Inside Nahargarh fort, Jaipur

Climbing atop the fort treats you to some stunning views of Jaipur city. This panoramic scene is a treat to watch at dusk when the lights just come on to the city.

A view of Jaipur city from Nahargarh fortA view of Jaipur city from Nahargarh fort

It is also a vantage point to watch the sun go down and hence a favourite with locals and tourists alike who gather here during evenings to watch the sunset.

A view of the sunset from Nahargarh fort
A view of the sunset from Nahargarh fort

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