Built in 1726 – Jaigarh was designed to demonstrate the military prowess of Jaipur. In fact the Jaigarh Fort was one among the three massive forts that were constructed to bolster the security of the city.
The Jaigarh Fort impresses with its imposing battlements, stone towers and a thick crenellated wall that was near impregnable. Historians consider Jaigarh as one of the best-fortified military citadels in India. During medieval years the Jaigarh Fort was treated as the royal treasury.
The most enchanting feature of Jaigarh’s architecture is its water harvesting system. There are three underground tanks at the Jaigarh Fort and several channels for rainwater harvesting.
Located at a 15-kilometer drive from the Jaipur city, the Jaigarh Fort’s main treasure is the Jaivana – a massive military cannon built in the royal Jaipur foundry. Situated atop a sandstone hill, Jaigarh has thick stonewalls flanked by water moats making it almost impossible for enemy strikes.
Currently, only the royal armory at Jaigarh Fort has been converted into a museum. But soon the complete fort sparing some portions would be converted into museum.
The museum at the Jaigarh Fort displays innumerable relics from the royal household, a fascinating collection of arms and ammunition that were used in royal Rajputana in the medieval ages, packs of cards, portraits of maharajas and objects d’ art, Cannon Jaivana etc!!
Jaigarh, once responsible for the security of both Jaipur and Amer, is a huge mutated fort and contains all the accoutrements of a full-fledged citadel. This outstanding accomplishment of martial structural design stands amid thorn-scrub covered Aravalli hills with the steep road that is great to gaze up and down. The fort is time-honoured for the Jaivan cannon, considered the largest cannon in the world.
Jaivan, the principal cannon on wheels in the planet, is one of the key eye pullers of Jaigarh Fort. Superstructure at a commanding height, the cannon is perched with view of the entire city. Its sheer size gives some idea of what a monumental task Jaivan’s manufacture might have been. The 50 tons cannon rests on six massive wheels, each 9 ft in circumference. Awe-strikingly, it took 4 giant elephants to rotate it around its axis. Legends say that the cannon had been test fired that too only once- towards Chakshu, 22 km away which created a huge depression forming a popular pond now.
Amer, Jaigarh and Nahargarh!! These forts, though built at different periods, are so located that they seemed to be stringed together.
Nahargarh or the Tiger Fort is the first of the three forts. Built mainly in 1734, it lies in the north west of city palace and renders some stunning views of the city below. The view at night is in fact mesmerizing with thousands of ignited lamps and lights. A royal retreat for Maharanis and personal treasury for many years is now a favorite monsoon picnic spot for the city dwellers and sightseeing point for tourists. Durg- a cafeteria is also popular for its coffee, cuisines and beautiful seating arrangement that gives a magnificent vista to the guests while dining.
Jaigarh, the fort of victoryis a rugged fort built in 1726by Sawai Jai Singh. It was the the royal treasury for several years. This outstanding accomplishment of martial structural design stands amid thorn-scrub covered Aravalli hills with the steep road that is great to gaze up and down. The fort is time-honored for the Jaivana cannon, considered the largest cannon in the world. Jaivana, the principal cannon on wheels in the planet, is one of the key eye pullers of Jaigarh Fort. Superstructure at a commanding height, the cannon is perched with view of the entire city. The intricate water supply and storage system at Jaigarh makes it a place of interest for tourists.
There is a lot more to Amer other than its statuesque Fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amer is a fascinating blend of Hindu and muslim architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maotha Lake, providing a breathtaking look. Built over the remnants of an earlier structure, the palace complex which stands today was commenced under the reign of Raja Man Singh II in 16th century. One of the most striking parts of the fort is the Hall of Mirrors. The hall could be lit at night by a single candle because of all the tiny, intricate mirrors. Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol are some other prominent areas to admire for their sheer beauty….
Amazing yet fact, the magnificence of these three forts stringed like a garland, is no lesser than a fairy tale of kings and queens popularly known as the legacy of Jaipur which has been attracting visitors from across the world for their magnificence, the momentousness and the milieu during different seasons. One can also enjoy a breathtaking view of surrounding areas from the fort complexes. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the majestic Forts of Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Amer while you are in Jaipur.
Here is some good news for the tourists visiting Jaipur, Amber fort and Jaigarh fort. The Amber Development Authority (ADA) along with the Jaigarh Fort Trust (JFT) has decided to run electric cabs for the tourists visiting these two sites. Officials were working on the modalities to finalize how many such vehicles would be plied and about the fare.
According to the tourism sources, many a times the foreign and domestic tourists had complained on non-availability of good vehicles to connect these two sites. Now the electric cabs will soon be available for the tourists visiting Amber and Jaigarh Fort.
State tourism minister, Bina Kak along with Princes Diya Kumar, secretary, City Palace museum had a ride on the trial run of the cab between the routes.