Rajasthan is known for the spirit of hospitality of the tourists. The true essence of Atithi Devo Bhava could be truly felt there. There are a decent number of historical forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan, which will leave you amused and make you relive the Rajput valor.
Rajasthan is one of the few states in India where you find tales from history, stories of brave Maharajas of Chittoor, Kumbhalgarh and Mewar and stories of Rajput traditions, valor and sacrifice.
It so happens, if you are in the state of Rajasthan, you will fall in love with this place instantly. The reasons behind this are multiple things like the story of the Rajput rulers against foreign invaders, the beautiful forts and the geography of Rajasthan.
Being a witness of countless wars and centuries of rule under the dauntless rulers, Jaipur has a fair share in the tales of the history of Rajasthan.
3 Historical Forts in Jaipur, Rajasthan:
In this blog let’s see what are the forts in Jaipur that will captivate your interest towards loving this place even more.
1. Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Google Map Location: Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Located 11 km away from Jaipur, Amer is a town that is only a 4 km square area. Built by Raja Man Singh I in 1592, Amer fort is built on a hill. The complex contains a Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Sukh Niwas (the residence of the royal family) and Sheesha Mahal (the glass palace).
Known for its opulence and grandeur, this fort has also witnessed the gore betrayal by Dhola Rae. According to the legends the Meena king of Amer Fort, Raja Ralun Singh gave refuge to a stranded Rajput mother and her son Dhola Rae.
Later the king sent him to Delhi to represent the Meenas. But, it was a betrayal that the king received in return. On the day of Diwali, he returned with more Rajput conspirers and massacred the weapon-less king and his family.
To reach Amer Fort, the best way is through bikes or cars from Jaipur. There are options for public transport as well. But public transport puts a limit on your plans. There are many bike rental companies from where you can get cruise bikes at very reasonable rates.
The fort is a heritage site with a lot of historical drama and episodes. The way to the fort from Jaipur is scenic. You can enjoy various activities inside Amer Fort like Elephant Ride and Light Show in the evenings.
You will truly appreciate the beauty of Rajasthani culture by seeing the puppet show inside the Fort. One thing that you will truly won’t like to miss is the panoramic view of Jaipur city from the fort. It’s incredible!
2. Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Google Map Location: Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, then you will very easily be able to see similarities between this fort and Dragonstone, the stronghold of Stannis Baratheon. Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1734. Located around 6 km away from Jaipur, this fort stands on the peak of Aravali.
Like every other fort, the basic purpose of Nahargarh fort stood as a wall against invaders. The heavily guarded posts in Nahargarh Fort also acted as the royal family’s retreat.
During the British Raj in 1857’s Sepoy Mutiny, the Europeans of the region along with the British Resident’s wife were moved to this fort by Sawai Ram Singh for their protection. There was a time when it was also said that the Fort is haunted!
When the fort was being built, the workers found the previous day’s work completely destroyed the next day. It was then that Maharaja Jai Singh realized that the fort was haunted by a spirit of a Rathore prince. The myth was so strong that he built a shrine in which the spirit could reside.
The fort is a complete package of awe and eerie. Though, not as haunted as Bhangarh, Nahargarh Fort could give you a run for your money. A walk through the corridors of this fort will take you back to history, where these incidents had occurred. Be careful, lest you see a ghoul wave back at you (OK Joking)!
3. Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Google Map Location: Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Situated 15 km from Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort is another major battlement built by Sawai Jai Singh II. Jaigarh Fort was of strategic importance to the Rajput chieftains of the area. This could be established from the fact that this fort is connected with the Amer Fort.
The military importance of this fort was such that it was originally built to protect the Amer Fort. You will be amazed to know that the fort was never conquered in any of the battles. The fort housed the world’s largest cannon of the time – Jaivana Cannon.
But hold on, if you think that this military outpost was all rusty and war-torn, read further before you come to a conclusion. Apart from being a fort of strategic importance, the complex also housed an opulent palace.
The enormity of the fort was such that the length and width of the fort is 1 km and 3 km respectively. The magnificent fort was designed by the famous architect of the time Vidyadhar. The whole complex sits on the ‘Cheel ka Teela Hills’ magnificently looking over Jaipur from centuries.
In your trip to this fort, ensure that you don’t miss the museum that contains the tidbits of Rajput history. You cannot afford to miss the Jaivana Tank, an equivalent of today’s T90 tanks.