The word “Nahar” means ‘tiger’, according to the literature and “Garh” means an ‘abode’ or ‘territory’. So, the name Nahargarh, according to the above logic and literature, stands for ‘abode of tigers’. The Nahargarh Fort is situated on the Aravalli Hills in the Pink City, Jaipur of Indian State, Rajasthan. This fort also has a connection to the Bollywood Industry of India and some scenes of movies like Rang De Basanti (2006 film), Shuddh Desi Romance (2013 film) and a Bengali film Sonar Kella (1974) were shot here.
So, let us explore this amazing fort that never faced any attack…
History of Nahargarh Fort-
Nahargarh Fort was constructed in the year 1734 by the ruler of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh on the Aravalli Hills as a defense system for the city.
The original name of the fort was ‘Sudarshan Garh’, but later on it was known by the name ‘Nahargarh’.
The fort witnessed the Treaty with the Maratha Forces that had war with the Jaipur in the 18th century.
The fort was extended in 1868 by Sawai Ram Singh. A range of palaces was built at Nahargarh by Dirgh Patel in 1883-92.
The fort has never been under attack, that’s a much surprising thing to know but it is a fact. And the fort was used to read time by firing guns in coordination with the signals from the Jantar Mantar Observatory, until April 1944.
Courtyard of Nahargarh Fort
The architecture of Nahargarh Fort-
The fort is stretched over the Aravalli Hills and formed a wall of protection for the Jaipur city along with two other forts of Jaigarh and Amer.
The main attraction of the fort is Madhavendra Bhawan that had suites for the king and the queens of Jaipur. This was constructed by Sawai Madho Singh.
The following structures are the main architectural marvels of the fort-
Jaipur Wax Museum-
This wax museum is located near the entrance of the fort and was built by the support of the Department of Tourism, Government of Rajasthan. The idea behind this was suggested by Mr. Anoop Srivastava. The museum was inaugurated by Bollywood star Govinda on December 17, 2016. The main attractions include 35 wax statues along with a replica of Kohinoor Diamond.
Nahargarh Step Well-
This stepwell was used to store water for drinking purposes in the earlier times. Although the stepwell is not much deep as compared to other baolis in Rajasthan, still it is worth exploring.
Nahargarh Step Well- Image Credits- wikimedia.org
Sheesh Mahal or the Palace of Mirrors is a new attraction of the fort that has around 25 million glass pieces with gold work and mirror arts giving it a majestic royal look.
Nahar Singh Bhomia Temple-
According to popular beliefs and rumors, the word Nahar in Nahargarh stands for the name Nahar Singh Bhomia. His spirit haunted the place and hindered the construction process of the fort. The issue was solved by constructing a temple dedicated to Nahar Singh Bhomia within the fort premises and then, the construction went on smoothly.
How to Reach there-
ADDRESS- Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002
- From Jaipur International Airport the distance of Nahargarh Fort is around 15 kilometers and can easily be accessed through taxi.
- From Jaipur Railway Station, the destination is around 6 kilometers and from Durgapura Railway Station the distance is 12 kilometers.
- The nearest bus stand to Nahargarh Fort is Sindhi Camp Bus Stand at a distance of about 4.5 kilometers.
Timings of the fort-
The opening hours of Nahargarh Fort are from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The fort opens for the visitors at 10 am in the morning which is the best time to visit to avoid the crowds. The gates of the fort are closed for the visitors at around 6 pm because it is not safe to stay there at nights. This is because the fort is surrounded by forests that are home to a large number of wild animals.
- Ticket for Indian visitors who visit the fort is INR 50.
- For Foreign visitors, the ticket price is set high around INR 200.
- Special benefits are given to the students visiting there for educational or excursion purposes. For Indian Students, the entry fee is INR 5 and for Foreign students, the price is set at INR 25 only. The students must carry with them the valid ID cards issued by their institutions.
- No extra fee is charged for carrying photo and video cameras inside the fort and it is allowed to take the photos and videos.
- You can purchase Composite ticket that grants you access to the following 7 places of Jaipur-
- Amber Palace
- Jantar Mantar
- Hawa Mahal
- Albert Hall
- Sisodia garden
- Vidhyadhar Garden
The price for this Composite ticket is-
- 100 for Indians and Rs.400 for Foreigners
- For Indian Students-Rs. 40 and for Foreigner Students- Rs.200.
Hotels and Restaurants Nearby-
Once Upon a Time at Nahargarh is a North Indian restaurant that is located inside the fort premises that open from 11 am to 11 pm. CONTACT- 091160 48101.
Padao Restaurant is another Indian Restaurant present there which serves food till late night at 11 pm from morning 10 am, with a soothing top view of Jaipur City from its dining space. CONTACT- 0141 514 8044.
Poochka and Co. and Hot and Cold Café are the two more cafes located within the premises of the fort.
Nahargarh Palace Hotel is the nearest hotel to the fort, which is about 1.5 kilometers from the Fort.
One should visit the fort during the winter months of October to March to avoid the exhausting summers of the desert area of the Rajasthan state. The evening view of the fort is truly soothing along with the aerial and lighted view of the Jaipur city. One should carry proper packaged food items and water, necessary for the exhausting itinerary. The average time to explore the fort is around 2 hours. The fort is a must-visit place if anyone visits the Pink City- Jaipur.
Top View of Jaipur City
|Built By-||Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh|
|Constructed in Year-||1734|
|Address-||Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002|
|Timings-||10 am to 5:30 pm|
|Tickets-||Indians- INR 50, Foreigners- INR 200|
|Special Fact-||The fort has never been under attack.|
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