Friday, March 30, 2012

Jaipur : Forts (Jaigarh, Nahargarh, Amer)

The most popular Jaipur attractions are the ancient palaces and forts, with elaborate architecture that serves as a glorious reminder of their royal heritage. Jaipur is one of the well planned cities in India. The roads are wide and sparsely inhabited.  Though I can’t compare it with madness of Delhi traffic but it was quite eye pleasing to see well paved tar where you can drive at a maximum speed of 60 kmph. Yes it is true the maximum speed limit is 10 kmph more in Jaipur than Delhi.

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Bird’s eye view of Jaipur city
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Right from Jal Mahal, the era of royalty begins.
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Forts are located on top of hills and gives an amazing view of Jaipur city

There are three forts in Jaipur: Amer or Amber Fort, Jaigarh and Narhargarh.

Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur
Jaigarh was mainly used as a defense system against invaders and also secured the famous Kachawas treasury. Jaigarh Fort is one of the few forts in India which stands completely intact. It is known for its extensive walls, watch towers, and many citadels. During the emergency period in India, excavations were made in Jaigarh Fort to find any hidden treasures. However, the excavations were unsuccessful, but signs of the excavations are still visible today.

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Jaiwan canon which was never used for war

Jaivan (Victory Canon) is lies in Jaigarh Fort. It is said to be largest moving canon in Asia. This canon was never used in war and was fired only once.

Nahargarh Fort of Jaipur

Nahargarh was mostly used as a residence by the Kachawas rulers, especially by the maharanis during the hot summer months. Nahargarh is located on a mountain top behind the City Palace of Jaipur.

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It is said that there was a secret passage between the Nahargarh and the City Palace so in case of enemy attacks the maharaja and the royal family could escape to the fort.

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The Kachawas Rajputs were descendent of the Sun, following the dynasty of Lord Rama through Kush, one of his sons. The Kachawas Rajputs originally ruled Gwalior in central India. After the king Ishwar Das, his sons were forced to flee Gwalior, and found solace in Rajputana. Ishwar Das’s son Sodh Rai conquered the area of Dausa by attacking and killing the Mina chiefs (tribal chiefs). After this conquest the Kachawas Rajputs was known as the Rajas of Dausa, and when the capital of the Kachawas kingdom was moved to Amber they were known as the Rajas of Amber. Finally in the 18th century the capital of the kingdom was moved to Jaipur and the Rajas of Amber became the Maharajas of Jaipur. The Maharaja of Jaipur is the titular head of the Kachawas Rajput clan.

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We had a great time visiting these forts. A part of Nahargarh fort is converted into an open restaurant. It is an ideal place to sit lazily in winter days and to have some beer with snacks, as we did.

Amer Fort of Jaipur

Amer Fort was used not only as a defense system from intruders but also served as the main residence for the Kachawas rulers.

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These walls were used to spy on enemy activity

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The fort was no longer used by the royal family. This fort was served as the Jaipur’s former capital and reminds about Jaipur’s past glory.

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A preparation for royal wedding was going on during our visit.

5 comments:

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