so old but definitely an exquisitely land scaped gardens with
beautifully carved temple in beige stone, which is a vast
complex with terrace sites all around and intricately carved
marble columns and lattices. Located in the foothills of
Nahargarh hills on the way towards Amer, this complex is a
popular spot for picnic and film shoots. It should be definitely
visited on the way to the three garland forts of Jaipur-
Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Amber. The greenery after the monsoons
give this whole place a feel of heavenly sensation, with JAL
MAHAL in the back ground.
The Jaigarh fort is the most
spectacular of the three-hilltop forts that overlook Jaipur. In
Mughal times, the Jaipur region was a major weapon-producing
centre for the Mughal and Rajput rulers, several of which are on
display in the fort's museum. It is one of the few military
structures of medieval India preserved almost intact, containing
palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon foundry, several
temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted cannon-the Jai Ban (Jaivan)
which is the largest cannon in the world. Jaigarh Fort is also
known as the fort of victory. The display includes a collection
of canons, many of which are exquisitely decorated and were used
in the Mughal campaigns led by the Rajput King, Raja Man Singh.
Of the Jaipur's three forts, Jaigarh is perhaps the most
motivating. It does not have those delicate structures or
palaces like that of Amber but if you want a quick look at a
hard-core fortress, this is it. Jaigarh means `Victory Fort' and
was built between the 15th and the 18th century, and stands 15
km from Jaipur, amidst rock-strewn, thorn-scrub covered hills,
its forbidding stone ramparts are visible from the Jaipur town.
A steep road goes up to the main gate, the Dungar Darwaza, from
where the view is stupendous.
It was the royal treasury for several years. It was one of the
few ancient Indian military structures to be kept intact through
the ages. There are passageways among the palaces and you can
see a collection of coins and puppets. This fort is open to
public since a few years only. It was sealed for seven years,
due to a rumour, that an enormous treasure in gold was buried,
in the fort area. The government ransacked the fort, emptied the
reservoirs of water but found nothing.
Jaigarh was once responsible for the security of both Jaipur and
Amber, is a huge moated fort and contains all the accoutrements
of a full-fledged citadel. 1 ½ or 2 hours are usually enough to
explore it- don't bother taking a guide; there isn't much use
for one, and sections like the armoury and the museum have
Entrance fee to Jaigarh is Rs. 20 for foreign tourists and Rs
10 for Indian tourists.