This majestic fort known as Nahargarh Fort is situated along with Amer fort and Jaigarh fort which are just 6 km away from the Jaipur city.
King Jai Singh II began construction of the Nahargarh Fort in the year 1734. The fort was expanded in the subsequent year and played a significant role in battles that would take place in the region. Though the fort was intended to provide safety to the Moguls, in later years it would serve as a hiding place for Europeans, as Indians rose up against the colonial Raj. It was named after a Mogul Prince whose spirit is said to haunt it. It is said that when the construction of the fort started, the workers were bewildered to find all their previous day work destroyed every morning.
A bit of finding revealed that the hill was haunted by the soul of a prince named Nahar and that he did not take nicely the intrusion of others in his abode. Raja Jai Singh, to placate the irate prince built a small fort to provide his soul a resting place. A shrine was also built and dedicated to the prince. Last but not least, the fort was named after this prince.
The fort was constructed in 1734 and was later extended by successive rulers. During the 19th century, in the regime of Sawai Ram Singh II and Sawai Madho Singh II, the fort was used as a summer retreat. Nahargarh is one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. Madhavendra Bhawan or the Zenana (female) quarters is the most impressive in the Nahargarh Fort. Each of these quarters brilliantly highlights the Rajputana art and their taste for a luxurious life. The nine wives of the king each got a separate quarter that was two stories high. The queens quarter occupied the three sides of the rectangular courtyard while the fourth side had the king’s apartment. Its nook and corner represent stucco designs and fine works of frescoes.
The Belgian mirrors, decorated with motifs of flowers and birds, still add up to its interior design. The Zenana derohi reflects the use of a European style of architecture. Toilets of western style and rectangular windows are remarkable.
Nahargarh, a strong defense for Jaipur city is located along the Aravalli hills overlooking a beautiful lake. Here you will end up with a cool breeze blowing at its best. The Nahargarh Biological Park is another attraction that is situated within the premises of the fort. The park spreads over an area of 7.2 sq km and houses many animal species along with Tiger. It is also known as the abode of tiger or tiger fort. A wide variety of bird species are also found in the park. The fort also nestles Jaipur wax museum and glass palace. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of the surrounding from a food court and a restaurant named Padao at the rooftop of the fort.
- Indians Rs. 50 and for Foreigners Rs. 200.
- Wax museum and Sheesh Mahal entry Rs. 350.
- 10 am to 6 pm
How to Reach
Nahargarh Fort is one of the prime tourist destinations of Jaipur, located around 6 KM outside the city of Jaipur. The city railway station and bus stand are just 17 km away and the airport is approx 30 km.
Best time to visit
The best season to visit this wonderful fort is during the winter months, from October till March for a memorable and rejuvenating experience.