Jaigarh Fort – The Perfect End to My Jaipur Trip

I was about to begin my journey to a new city in Rajasthan but there was still one item left on my itinerary in Jaipur. Jaipur is the city of forts and palaces and even though there are so many of these forts and palaces in the city one cannot ever be less interested while visiting a new one. Each of these forts has a unique character and many unique facets. The history of all these forts amazes even the most well travelled of tourists and hence I could not miss a visit to the famous Jaigarh Fort once I was in Jaipur.

Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Some of the forts located in the outskirts of the city of Jaipur have a double delight to offer to tourists especially photography lovers like me. I was here to witness the immense scenic beauty of the Aravalli Ranges and also to know more about the history of the Royal Family of Jaipur whose history has been preserved with glory at the Jaigarh Fort.

Beauty of the Aravalli Ranges at Jaigarh  fort
Beauty of the Aravalli Ranges at Jaigarh fort | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

Jaigarh Fort is located at one of the most beautiful of locations in Jaipur. The small hill on which the fort is situated is referred to as the Cheel ka Teela or the Hill of Eagles. This hill is a part of Grand Aravalli ranges which are by far the oldest mountain ranges in India. The Jaigarh Fort is also located quite close to the Amer Fort or Amer Palace overlooking the calm waves of the Maota Lake in Amber on the outskirts of Jaipur, Rajasthan. The Jaigarh Fort is actually named after the Sawai Jai Singh II of Amer under whose auspices the fort was built to provide protection to the Amer Palace where the royal family resided for many generations.

Cannonball is a major tourists attraction at Jaigarh Fort
Cannonball is a major tourists attraction at Jaigarh Fort | Image Resource : wikimedia.org

The huge collection of armory that is housed in the chambers of Jaigarh Fort is now open to the public for display. The collection includes a huge display of medieval swords, shields and also modern guns and muskets introduced by the British in India. The 50 kilograms cannonball is a major attraction for tourists visiting the armory chambers at Jaigarh Fort. Many full portraits and photographs of members of the Royal Family and the Kings themselves including those of the Sawai Bhawani Singh and Major General Man Singh II are also on display at these chambers.

The museum located left of the Awami Gate also has a similar but much richer collection and is not to be missed by tourists intending to know more about the history of Jaipur. Given the fact that Jaigarh Fort was a center for the products of arms and artillery for the Rajput forces since its construction in the year 1720 it is quite obvious that it houses one of the largest collections of artillery related artifacts in India. This is a history lover’s delight.

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Hey, I am Adway Chavan, an IT professional who spends all of his working hours staring at a computer screen...well, almost all. IT is my passion whilst nature, wildlife and adventure are the buzzwords I live by. I am also an amateur photographer and have travelled extensively in India and abroad. I never ever turn down a travel idea and spend all my holidays visiting national parks and forest reserves, biking up mountains and taking road trips. I have also indulged in bungee jumping, paragliding and sailing. One day I hope to take up the greatest challenge of all and go trekking in the Himalayas! Till then, watch this space!

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