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Nahargarh Fort - Jaipur

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Past Perfect
Nahargarh FortNahargarh Fort, aged two hundred and fifty years has seen many generations of Ambers royalty and played a part in their struggles and celebrations. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1974, this massive fort was redesigned in the 19th century by Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II. Also known as the 'Tiger Fort' this dominating structure, with its unscalable red sandstone walls and bastions was built to bolster the defence of Amber. It was later turned into a monsoon retreat for the royalty and a venue where the king would entertain his guests and take out contingents of shooting parties. At one point it was also used to house the kings treasury.

This fort is mired in mystery and myth has it that the spirit of a desceased Rajput prince called Nahar would haunt the site and wreak havoc with the construction effort. A priest was called to negotiate with the spirit and the prince agreed to let the fort be constructed on the condition that it was to be named after him. Hence the fort got the intriguing name of Nahargarh.


Marvel of Architecture
A winding drive up through the hills and 6 kilometers from the main town of Jaipur, Nahargarh is perched atop a picturesque hill in the rugged Aravali range and looks down protectitevly over the city. Cannons perched across its ramparts to safeguard the city never had to be used since there was no threat of war, so in later years they were fired to signal the time to the city below. Parts of the fort are crumbling but the later additions by the Maharajas have been preserved diligently. It contains a cluster of twelve identical suites, with the one for the king at the very beginning itself. They are decorated with delicate frescos, have attatched European style toilets and kithchen hearths. Each of its windows offers a breathtaking view of the city veiled in pink.

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Weather Watch
The climate of Jaipur is extreme. The summers are hot and humid and the winter chilly. If you are planning to travel to this majestic city in the summer months (April to July) be sure to carry light cotton clothes. However the best time to visit are the winter months (October to March). You'll find the Rajasthani winter is just the right mix of a warm sun and a cool breeze to keep your enthusiam from waning.

Even as you enjoy the magnificent view of Jaipur from the Nahargarh Fort and sip some steaming hot coffee at one of the popular cafes here, don't forget that Jaipur has many more alluring edifices just waiting to be explored. Its other attractions include some of the world's loftiest forts and elaborate palaces. The Amer Palace and Fort, Rambhag palace, The City Palace, Bissau Palace, Samode, Sanganer, Gaitor, Jaigarh Fort, Jaimahal Palace, hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Narain Niwas, Rajmahal palace and the Birla temple.


Getting There
Nahargarh Fort Inside View By Air : Jaipur has its own airport, and is well connected to all other tourist and business centres.

By Rail : An excellent connection to Delhi by Shatabdi Express and the Pink City Express. Other connections to Jaipur are from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahemadabad, Secunderabad and Lucknow.

By Road : A network of reasonably comfortable tourist buses, run by road corporations of Rajasthan, Haryana and others.

Local Transport : Tourist taxis and RTDC buses are available.


Shopping Spree
An integral part of every traveler's itinerary is the time kept aside for shopping. You don't need to be a shopaholic to fall in love with practically everything you lay your eyes on, in the bazaars of Jaipur. Famous for its handcrafted jewelery and aesthetic handicrafts, the markets are laden with silver jewelery, textiles such as bhandej (tie and dye) and block prints, airy comforters and quilts, blue pottery, wooden ornaments, beaded and embroidered jutis and all manner of inventive crafts made out of camel leather. The main markets are along Jauhari Bazar, Bapu bazaar, Nehru bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia bazaar and M.I. Road.



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