Historically, the numerous forts in Jaipur were constructed to serve the purpose of defense for the city. But with changing times, these forts now serve as picnic and recreational spots for swarms of friends or family. Here’s a small recap of the majestic history of these forts that make the Pink City immensely famous worldwide.
This fort which overlooks the Maota lake is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. Constructed with red sandstone and marble, , it was the residence of Rajput Maharajas and their families. There is also a popular temple dedicated to Sila Devi. The fort principally consists of the Diwan-e Khas (Hall of Special Audience), Diwan e Aam (Hall of ordinary people), Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), Sukh Niwas ,where a cool climate is created artificially by winds that blow over a water cascade in the palace. It is also popularly known as the Amber palace.
Legend has it that this fort was the site of the cenotaph of Nahar Singh, a martyred Rathore warrior and when Sawai Jai Singh II ordered its construction, the work was resisted by the warrior’s spirit. Originally known as ‘Sudarashangarh’, it was then renamed as Nahargarh, literally the ‘abode of tigers’, to pacify Nahar Singh’s spirit. This place gives one a splendid view of the city both during the day as well night. What sets this fort apart from the rest is that one can enjoy the view from while sipping chilled beer from the café located at the top.
Built by Sawai Jai Singh II to protect the Amber fort and palace, this fort is also known as the ‘Victory Fort’. Jaigarh is home to ‘Jaivana’, one of the world’s biggest cannons. However, the cannon was never fired and with its fine carvings it survives as a work of art. Situated on the Aravalli hill range, one can enjoy a magnificent view of the Amber fort and Maota lake from here.
If you need a break from the mundane mall culture of the metropolitan cities, these are great places to refresh your mind and break the monotonous routine of your life. It is owing to such places that Jaipur has become a hub for global as well as national tourists.
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