Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills directly overlooking the pink city of Jaipur. Surprisingly for me, I found this fort more interesting than it’s neighboring and perhaps more publicised fort of Jaigarh.
Along with Amer and Jaigarh, Nahargarh fort once formed a strong defence ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh fort – which means ‘abode of tigers’.
he fort was built mainly in 1734 by Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur who in fact seems to have been behind almost all the places of interest I visited in Jaipur.
The fort was extended in 1868 during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh. In 1883-92, a range of palaces was built by Sawai Madho Singh, which had suites for the queens of Jaipur. The rooms are linked by corridors that still have some delicate frescos surviving today.
The fort was constructed as a place of retreat on the summit of the ridge above the city. Walls extend over the surrounding hills, forming fortifications that connected this fort to Jaigarh, the fort above the old capital of Amber.
Although difficult to locate, try and find the stairs that lead to the roof terrace. From here the views over the Pink City are well worth checking out.
The fort also has it’s own step-well or tank. Interesting that here the steps appear to have been carved from the natural bedrock, so have a much more organic appearance compared to the usual rectilinear tanks you find elsewhere.
Nahagarh Fort is open 10am – 5.30pm
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