Jaipur is the home of many forts and palaces with each having its historical significance, one such being Nahargarh Fort. It stands on the opposite dune from Amber Fort. Nahargarh Fort's most majestic attribute is its entry gate, an amphitheatre and rippling wall on the hilltops. It is believed to be built in the first half of the 18th century. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh commissioned the palace in a succession of nine undistinguishable cribs for each of his queens and one for himself with triple the width.
Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, it formed a sturdy defence ring for the city. During the Sepoy revolt of 1857, Nahargarh served as a refuge for Europeans fleeing from the havoc created by mutineers in neighbouring states. The word Nahargarh means the abode of tigers. Legends say that it was named after Prince Nahar whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the Fort. Nahargarh is also called the hunting residence of Maharajas.
A grand Haveli with a picturesque view of the city. It has the ultimate charm of a fort in the wild. Once you enter the Fort, you get a mystic to feel all around. The rooms are linked by corridors and still have some delicate frescos. There are nine apartments for the nine queens the Maharaja had, and all are well planned and decorated. The bathing place of queens is fantastic & the design only goes to tell how advanced thought process was so many years back.
Though Nahargarh Fort loses its sheen when you compare it to Amber fort, visiting it is an experience that should not be missed. It is less crowded than other forts. Sit by the parapet to watch the sun going down when the Fort is bathed in an orange-yellowish glow. Buy some drinks from the small cafe outside the palace, up a ramp.
Interested in the grandeur lifestyle of Bharatiya (Indian) kings or architecture, history and traditions? Walkthrough this Fort. There is also a wax museum near the entrance. Like all forts/sights, the best way to learn about the Fort is to have a knowledgeable tour guide.