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 Nahargarh Fort - Jaipur

About Nahargarh Fort 

Nahargarh Fort stands on the border of the Aravalli Hills, neglecting the pink city of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Jaipur city has an amazing view from the fort.  Initially the fort was named Sudarshangarh, but it came to be known as Nahargarh, which means 'residence of tigers'.

A famous belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit disturbed the place and hindered construction of the fort. Nahar's spirit was appeased by constructing a shrine in his memory within the fort, which thus came to be known by his name. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Europeans of the area together with the spouse of British Resident's, were shifted to Nahargarh fort for their safety by the ruler of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh.

The construction of the fort was completed during the rule of Sawai Ram Singh in the year 1868. In the year 1883-92, a number of palaces were build at Nahargarh by Sawai Madho Singh. Madhavendra Bhawan was built inside the fort which has special suites for the Maharanis of Jaipur and at the top there was a special suite for the Maharaja.  The rooms are connected with each other by corridors and still have some delicate wall paintings. Nahargarh was also a hunting home of the Maharajas.
 

History of Nahargarh Fort

Nahargarh Fort was founded by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1734 on the Aravalli hills as a retreat place. During the course of its history, the fort is not attacked by anyone. But face some historical events particularly the treaties with the Maratha forces who fight with Jaipur in the 18th century.

Nahargarh Fort is attached with Jaigarh Fort through its fortifications. It is considered that the foundation of this fort was interrupted by the courage of a Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia. However, the spirit was appeased when a shrine devoted to him was built inside the fort. This fort was modernized by Sawai Ram Singh in the year 1868.
 

Architectural Design of Nahargarh Fort

The architecture of Nahargarh fort is very beautiful and amazing. There is a shrine devoted to the deity of Jaipur rulers inside the fort at the left of the main gate of the fort, the entrance (main gate) of the fort is known as 'Tadigate'.  Another prominent attraction in the fort is the 'Madhavendra Bhawan' which was founded by Sawai Madho Singh. This is a two-storey building which has suites for the Maharaja and his twelve Maharanis. It is divided into 9 apartments which are alike and each of these apartments has bedrooms, kitchen, lobby, toilets etc. Other prominent attraction inside the palace are Diwan-I-Aam, an open area where the king met with the common people and listen to their complaints and problems.
 

Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur View from Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur Nahargarh Fort Inside View
Nahargarh Fort Inside View View from Nahargarh Fort
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Nahargarh Fort Inside View View from Nahargarh Fort
   

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