View from Jaigarh Fort
The Spectacular Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur is beautifully designed and speaks in volume about the Indian historic culture. The Fort is also referred as the "Fort of Victory" in ancient India.
History of Jaigarh FortJaigarh Fort situated in North of Jaipur is built in 1726 AD and later on after its renovation by Maharaja Jai Singh II it was given the name Jaigarh Fort.
Architecture of Jaigarh FortIt is considered one of the prominent military structure set up during medieval India enclosed with a granary, several temples, palaces, a tall tower, cannon foundry, and the Jain Bain (Jaivan), largest cannon in the world.
The magnificent interior predicts the city culture and tradition in its architect design. The entire architect at the fort depicts the city affluent culture, which is designed by Vidyadhar, an architect.
The Fort is situated on top of Aravalli hill and was never captured. At this altitude a panoramic view of Jaipur city looks very beautiful. Jaigarh Fort is located 400 meters up to the Amber Fort. It is 3km in length and 1 km in width.
The Jaigarh Fort Jaipur encloses various other structures such as Temples, Water Reservoirs, Museums, Entertainment areas, Cannon Foundry, Residencial Palaces, watch towers, gardens and so on. At the entrance from Doongar Gate, three water tanks are built to serve day to day water requirement of soldiers.
The fort walls of Jaigarh
The Fort is also built with a Second tank, which is associated with an interesting story and fact behind is attached. An interesting story is also associated with a second tank built in the fort. The roof of the fort has nine holes and behind each hole there is a room which was used to store the huge among of treasure.
It is said that in 1970, during her tenure, her relations with Gayatri Devi, Queen of Jaipur and Rajmata of the royal family. Rajmata was imprisoned at the Time of Emergency and an income tax raid was conducted on Royal family. During that raid an old document mentioning the existence of huge treasure and location of hidden treasure was found.
This old document is believed to be made during the governance of Sawai Jai Singh's. As Indira Gandhi heard about the existence of large wealth inside the fort, she send her officials to find out the treasure.
The Third water tank is 61x52x27ft in dimension and is located in the southern courtyard of the monument. From Southern Courtyard an entrance opens into ‘Jaleb Chowk'. The Southern courtyard is in front to the palace complex and has Museum Gallery and offices on either side.
North side of the Jaigarh Fort has a huge establishment called as Palace Complex which shows the wealth and power of Rulers of Amber.
Main gates of the fort
While entering Fort from Jaleb Chowk towards northern side, Subhat Niwas is the first palace in the entire Palace Complex complex. Subhat Niwas was used by the King to address his army.
The bedroom is made from a stone Jharokha Screens with Jali work to allow the fresh and cool breeze enter into the room. A beautiful view of Sagar Lake can be seen from the balcony of Lalit Mandir.
From the balcony of Jaigarh a panoramic view of Amer looks very different and beautiful. Palace complex exits at the Jaleb Chowk is the destination at the right corner, where there is an entrance to cannon foundry.
Amer fort, as seen from the walls of Jaigarh Fort
Surya Mandir built in 11th century is now used a small museum where tools of cannon foundry and blacksmith of old times are kept on display for visitors. It consists of seven verandas along with rooms interior of it and after its construction it was renovated many times.
Cannon foundry exit at the Jaleb Chowk and enters into the south west block . There is a huge wide gate constructed for the entrance into the South west block.
Now coming to the highest point in Jaigarh Fort that is Diya Burj also called as Watch Tower, it is seven storey high and is especially used for water storage and collection.
Attractions at Jaigarh FortThe main attraction at Jaigarh Fort is the ‘Canon on Wheel', Jain Ban (Jaivan). It is the largest cannon in the world which rest on four wheeled carriage with 9ft high front wheels and 4.6ft high rear wheels.
Jaivan barrel weights 50 tons and is 20.2ft long. The circumference measures 7.4ft at tip and at rear is 9.4ft. the barrel rests on 24ft long shaft. The heavy barrel is beautifully decorated with a pair of duck at the rear, pair of peacock in the centre and elephants at the top of the barrel along with floral design carved superficially over the barrel.
The Palace dining area is divided into two halls one for king and another for queen along with an open courtyard. King and Queen have separate dining hall where they have their meal along with their officials.
Adjacent to Awni gate there is a museum built where Jaipur culture is preserved in the form of stamps, circular pack of cards, picture of kings and queens and other members of royal family. A spittoon used in 15th century and hand-made plans were present in museum kept safely with it.
It is the highest Fort in Jaipur perched on the ‘Cheel ka teela'. Attached to Jaigarh Fort various other location like Amer Fort, Aravalli hill and Vijay Garh are the important tourist attraction in Jaipur.
The Fort is also surrounded by numerous luxurious hotels where one can stay and enjoy the view of the place from a comfortable residence. These hotels are specially made for tourists coming to the beautiful Pink city, Jaipur to explore the historic monuments and beauty lies in these places
Foreign tourist coming to Jaigarh get crazy about the Rajasthan handicrafts which are about 90 years old. Indian architecture at Jaigarh is at its best, which is the main reason for the attraction of foreign tourist.
The things related to those days were well preserved here which people always like to see in real, the military structure, day to day used things, pictures are safely present in these Forts adds to the beauty of monument.
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