Nahargarh or Tigerfort, Jaipur
From Jaigarh Fort, it was 52 turns within 2 km. up to Nahargarh Fort. It stands on the edge - a sheer ridge - of the Aravalli Hills. The views over Jaipur and Man Sagar Lake are absolutely spectacular. The fort was built in 1734 by Jai Singh.
I especially loved the windows and doors and shadows there. What was unique about this fort was that the Madhavendra Bhawan housed the Maharaja Ram Sing and his 9 wives. Each wife had her own room – all being the exact same – and linked by a maze of corridors. Although the entire fort is not intact, some of the rooms still have delicate frescos, as well as toilets and kitchen hearths.
Nahargarh Fort became more popular in 2006 after several scenes from the movie Rang De Basanti were filmed there.
You can make a day out of visiting Amber, Jaigarth, and Nahargarh Forts, starting at the bottom with Amber. I think Amber rates as #1, Nahargarh as #2, and Jaigarh as #3. The views at sunset are particularly nice from here.
Nahargarh is open daily 9 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Admission is Rs 35 for Indian citizens and Rs 85 for Foreigners
Extra Camera Fee Rs 50, Video Camera Rs 200
Hindi Guide Rs 100, English Guide Rs 150
Nahargarh is a lot closer to Jaipur with an impressive view over the city to the City Palace. The name means "Abode of the Tigers". Built by Jai Singh the founder of Jaipur, this fort was added to Amber and Jaigarh to make an impressive line of defence. The wall and battlements reach out along the same ridge and are connected to Jaigarh fort. Nahargarh was used more as a retreat and hunting lodge than purely defence although in 1857 during the India mutiny all the Europeans were moved here as a security. Although many of the buildings are falling into disrepair due to age and humidity, the main palace of Madhavendra Bhawan is still in a good state with some lovely decrations. There are 12 similar appartments for the 9 Queens including one for the King. Apparently the rooms and corridors are so designed that the King could visit any one Queen without the others knowing. Difficult to see as there is no furniture in the rooms. Outside is a small reservoir with its own ghats for bathing.
Entry fee is 50 INR for foreigners but is included if you have the multiple ticket.
This is one of the most beautiful and significant place of Jaipur. Unfortunately, we just could not make a proper visit to this place , just drove past from below. The pictures also were taken from running cur as we had very little time and wasted a full day. I need to visit this marvellous place again to write a full tip.
Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the pink city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The view of the city from the fort is breath-taking.
Along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh once formed a strong defence ring for the city. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means 'abode of tigers'. The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort. Nahar's spirit was pacified by building a temple in his memory within the fort, which thus became known by his name.
Built mainly in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, the fort was constructed as a place of retreat on the summit of the ridge above the city. Walls extended over the surrounding hills, forming fortifications that connected this fort to Jaigarh, the fort above the old capital of Amber. Though the fort never came under attack during the course of its history, it did see some historical events, notably the treaties with the Maratha forces who warred with Jaipur in the 18th century. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Europeans of the region, including the British Resident's wife, were moved to Nahargarh fort by the king of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh, for their protection.
The fort was extended in 1868 during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh. In 1883-92, a range of palaces was built at Nahargarh by Sawai Madho Singh at a cost of nearly three and a half lakh rupees. The Madhavendra Bhawan, built by Sawai Madho Singh had suites for the queens of Jaipur and at the head was a suite for the king himself. The rooms are linked by corridors and still have some delicate frescos. Nahargarh was also a hunting residence of the Maharajas.
Until April 1944, the Jaipur State government used for its official purposes solar time read from the Samrat Yantra in the Jantar Mantar Observatory, with a gun fired from Nahargarh Fort as the time signal.
Contained within Nahargarh (Tiger Fort), Madhavendra Bhawan is a palace built by Maharaja Ram Singh in 1866 for his nine wives! The palace contains a suite for each wife, plus another for the Maharaja himself, all richly decorated with floral motifs. A spacious courtyard contains some interesting murals. Madhavendra Palace is not the most sumptuous in the Jaipur area, nor is it the best preserved, but it certainly has the best views in the city!
For photos of the views from this fortress, take a look at the travelogue: "Nahargarh Views Over Jaipur."
Towering above Jaipur, Nahargarh is a hilltop fort built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 to defend his new capital city. Although its name means "Tiger Fort", it is thought to have been named after Nahar Singh, a warrior from a different clan, whose cenotaph was located on this site. In 1868, Maharaja Ram Singh extended the fort and built Madhavendra Bhawan, a palace within the fort, to house his wives (see next tip). Among the numerous castles in the area, Nahargarh is the least exciting architecturally. However, it does compensate with its incredible views over the entire city of Jaipur and the Amber Road, including Jal Mahal, particularly close to sunset. It is also home to a large number of black-faced monkeys (see attached photos)! Nahargarh is about a 15 minute drive from Jaipur via Amber Road and a windy road up the hill. Alternatively, one could hike up (and/or down) a 2km path that starts from north-west of the Old City of Jaipur. I chose to save my energy.
For photos of the views from this fortress, take a look at the travelogue: "Nahargarh Views Over Jaipur."
Get a taxi to drive you up to Tiger fort and wait for you. Take a quick guided tur. Negotiate price for both taxi and guide in advance. When you are finished you can relax on the fort`s walls overlooking the city of Jaipur. From up there the big city seems so quiet and peaceful and you can see eagles and squirrels and goats grazing in the hillside above Jaipur.
15kms from Jaipur, the Tiger Fort sits upon a hill with great views of Jaipur during the day and night.
Much of the original structures are in ruins, but you can go up there in the late afternoon for drinks on the terrace and an Indian meal. Free entrance to terrace. Meal was around 250 rupees per person; ours was arranged by our tour leader.
These are some photo's of the stunning wall paintings that decorate every room of the Nahargarh Fort. They are an example of arayish, a form of paster work that is hand-polished with a piece of agate to produce a marble finish.
Nahargarh Fort is the first of the three forts built by Maharaja Jai Sawai Singh of Jaipur. The Fort stands at the top of rugged point of the Aravalis and offers a spectacular view of the city. Keeping this fact in mind, the fort was made to serve as a means of supporting the security of Amber. The term "Nahargarh" refers to "the Abode of Tigers", so it is also known as the Tiger Fort. The Fort was constructed mainly in 1734, however further additions were made to it by the succeeding rulers in the 19th century.
According to a legend, the Fort was named after a prince, whose spirit used to haunt the construction site. As a result, a tantrik was called and the ghost agreed to leave the fort only if, the fort was named after him. There are numerous buildings situated inside the Nahargarh Fort and amongst them, Madhavendra Bhawan appeals the most. It was built by Sawai Ram Singh II and has a series of interconnected rooms with colorful corridors and hallways decortaed with wonderful wall paintings (see next tip). I came here on an auto-rickshaw tour of the three forts that lie to the north of Jaipur.
Open: 10am-5pm. Admission: Rs20 for foreigners and Rs20 for camera.
This hilltop fort, It looks most classy when floodlit at night. The fort overlooks the Jaipur city and presents a glittering view of the city lights. It was built in 1734 and extended in 1868. Nahargarh meaning abode of the tigers was built by Jai Singh to bolster the defence of Amber. The legend also have it that it was named Nahargarh after Nahar Singh a prince whose spirit would destroy the construction and not allow its progress further. So after a tantrik prayer to the spirit it agreed to leave on condition that the fort is named after him. The Madhavendra Bhawan, double story building built by Sawai Ram Singh II has uniquely a cluster of 12 identical suits for queens and at the head is a suit for the king himself. The rooms are linked by corridors and retain some delicate frescos as well as toilets and kitchen hearths. It was used by members of the royal family for excursion in summers and is now even a favoured picnic spot. Durg Cafeteria just above the entrance sells meals and refreshments, while Padao Restaurant on the west sells drinks around sunset.
Tiger fort is a red castle next to Amber fort on higher hill. Before there lived only soliders for guarding royal family who lived at Amber fort. It's said that there still exists the world's largest cannon in the castle.
Jaipur, wellknown as the pink city of Rajasthan, can offer you amazing views from his hills.
A great place where to admire great views of the whole city is the Tiger Fort, (where I took this picture), located on the top of an hill, 8Km far away from the city center.
The fort itself is not the most beautifull one you can find along the way to Rajasthan, but is pretty nice. As said, the main attractions of the fort are the views that the location offers of the city.
Rent a rickshaw and make him bring you here.
Its 8km from Jaipur,northwest,the building was started 1734,it finished 1868.
Its not much to see top of fort,only Palace is there to see.ThE pic you see is Rani(Queens) Palace,for 9 Maharani for 9 Palace.
Not big one Small apartments for each of them.
From terrace of this palace one can have good view fo whole Jaipur.From Jaipur City Palace , Jai niwas garden,can see this fort wall. Nightime well lit by night.Night it looks stunning long fortwall, with lights.
While comming down to Jaipur from Fort on middle of the way,can have a beautiful view of Jal Mahal.When i watch Jal mahal near lake (water is dirty now), its not impressive,
but from here it looks reflections of hills on lake it looks very beautiful.
Inside the main courtyard you have access to the rooms and appartments of the Queens and also stairs to the rooftop with its views over the city.
These are the views you get over Jaipur from the top of Nahargarh Fort. Not a very clear day, the day I visited, but then again it's more likely to be pollution.