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Jaipur Forts: All You Need To Know

Amber, Nahargarh, and Jaigarh are three major forts of the Pink City

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Jaipur, an integral part of Indian tourism, is also one of the most beautiful places in Rajasthan. It is popularly known as the Pink City and is well known for its forts and magnificent places. The marvelous architecture reflects the Indian architecture and glory of Rajputs.

Sawai Jai Singh II, the then ruler of Rajasthan established the city of Jaipur in the year 1727. Located at about 1414 ft above sea level, it has a subtropical humid climate with October to March being the best time of the year. The huge palaces, havelis and the beautiful temples of marble are some of the best of architectural tourism that Rajasthan offers. The vibrant, colorful costumes, a tantalizing and wide variety of food, astounding jewelry captures the attention of tourists making them want to explore the culture and lifestyle of these people.

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Jaipur’s historical heritage has been put on the world map. The forts in Jaipur showcase the distinct architecture and are popular tourist destinations. Here is information about the three forts in Jaipur:

amber fort
Amber or Amer Fort. Wikimedia Commons

1. Amber or Amer Fort

Amber Fort used to be inhabited by Rajput royals until the city of Jaipur was established. The fort can be reached by a jeep or elephant perching up on the hill. It is a majestic blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Some important and must-visit places in the fort are Shila Mata temple, Jas Mandir, and the Sheesh Mahal. You can enjoy the evening at the fort through the sound and light show.

 

Opening time: 9.30am
Closing time : 4.30pm
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Photography allowed or not: Yes
Entry Fee & Photography charges: Yes

nahargarh fort
Nahargarh Fort. Wikimedia Commons

2. Nahargarh Fort

Also known as the ‘Tiger Fort’, it was built by Jai Singh II. The aim was to provide a strong defense to the city. It stands on the edge of Aravalli Hills and is the best place to view the beautiful Pink City. The extended walls of the fort connect it to Fort Jaigarh. The fort was basically used as a place of protection for the Europeans including the British wives of the region during the first war of Indian Independence in 1857. It was also the hunting residence of the Maharajas of Jaipur.

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Opening time: 9.30am
Closing time: 4.30pm
Best Time to Visit: October to February
Photography allowed or not: Yes
Entry Fee & Photography charges: Yes

jaigarh fort
Jaigarh Fort. Wikimedia Commons

 

3. Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort was built by Jai Singh II in the year 1726. It is also known as the ‘Fort of Victory’. Being dominated by huge walls and watchtowers, it is a good example of a self-sufficient place. There are 3km long thick sandstone walls and Indo-Persian style architectural features. Some of the best places to visit here are the Ram Harihar temple, Kal Bhairav temple, a museum for arms and ammunition of those days and the largest cannon named Jaivana.

Opening time: 9.30am
Closing time: 4.30pm
Best Time to Visit: October – March
Photography allowed or not: Yes
Entry Fee and Photography charges: Yes

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Famous Indian Forts You Must Visit At Least Once

Indian forts like Agra Fort and Red Fort are even recognised by  UNESCO as World Heritage Sites

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India is one of the countries in the world which is famous for its architecture especially forts.
India is one of the countries in the world which is famous for its architecture especially forts. Pixabay

By Ruchika Verma

  • India is famous for its architecture, especially forts
  • Indian forts are some of the most famous forts in the world
  • Indian forts are a great way of learning about Indian history and culture

India is the land of history and culture. The Indian architecture is one of the best in the world. Indian palaces and forts are some of the most admired architectural structures in the world who people come to see and visit from all around the globe. India has some of the biggest forts in the world.

India is famous for its forts and architectures.
India is famous for its forts and architectures. Wikimedia Commons

Indian forts like Agra Fort and Red Fort are even recognised by  UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. India, especially Rajasthan is famous for its forts. It is not unfair to say that most part of India’s tourism thrives on these forts. Here is the list of Indian forts you must visit at least once.

Red Fort

Red Fort in Delhi is one of the most famous forts in India. Th red-stoned fort in Delhi is very central to the Mughal architecture. The Red Fort is a must visit because of its rich culture and history. There are two museums in the fort where one can look at the old arms and clothes of the Mughal rulers.

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Red Fort in Delhi is one of the apex of Mughal architecture . Pixabay
Red Fort in Delhi is one of the apexes of Mughal architecture. Pixabay

Amer Fort

Amer Fort or the Amber Fort is one of the most explored travelling destinations in Jaipur. It is one of the most well-maintained forts in India and attracts lakhs of tourists towards it every year. One can also enjoy elephant rides in the fort. The Ganesh Pol is one of the most beautifully carved place in the fort.

Famous Forts in India
Amer fort in Jaipur one of the most well-maintained forts in India. (Pic Credits: Elene Machaidze)

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort is in Rajasthan and is the biggest fort in India. It is spread over in the area of 400 acres. The two pillars called Kirti Stambh and Vijay Stambh are famous for beautiful carvings on them. The fort has water body, temples, complexes and memorials which definitely deserve more exploration by more people.

Chittorgarh Fort is the biggest Indian form and a national heritage site. Wikimedia Commons
Chittorgarh Fort is the biggest Indian form and a national heritage site. Wikimedia Commons

Gwalior Fort

Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most majestic forts of central India. The fort for its military architecture and beautifully painted fortress wall. The Fort brings together religions like Buddhism and Jainism and is definitely a treat for the eyes.

Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most important forts in Central india. Wikimedia Commons
Gwalior Fort in Madhya Pradesh is one of the most important forts in Central India. Wikimedia Commons

Agra Fort

One of the biggest forts in India, Agra Fort is also referred as a walled city because of its massive expansion in 94 acres of area. The fort has special significance because it was here that the Kohinoor diamond was snatched away by the Mughal ruler Babur and it is also the very place where Shah Jahan died.

Famous Forts in India
Agra Fort can easily be called a small city in itself because of its huge size.Wikimedia Commons

Jaisalmer Fort 

Jaisalmer Fort is one of the biggest forts in the world. Jaisalmer fort is built on the Trikuta Hill in the Thar Desert with a very strong fortification. The fort is full of historical significance and is famous for the various battles and the bloodshed it has witnessed. This is also one of those India forts which are famous for witnessing Jauhar.

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City Palace

City Palace in Udaipur is one of the most beautiful Indian palaces with a history of more than 400 years. It is a beautiful example of Rajasthani and Mughlai architecture fusion, located on the banks of Lake Pichola. The palace is definitely worth a visit for its magnificence.

City Palace Jaipur clicked by Shaurya Ritwik
City Palace is famous for its magnificence. (Pic Credits: Shaurya Ritwik)

Panhala fort

Panhala fort in Kolhapur is the largest and most important fort in Maharashtra, looking over the Sahyadri mountain range. This is one the Indian forts which perfectly describe the Marathi architectural style. This fort will neither disappoint the history buffs nor the people who have just come for sightseeing.