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.
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 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.
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
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.