Frequented by tourists from all over the world, Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is one of the popular tourist destinations in India, and among the must-include places in Rajasthan tour packages. Popularly called the Pink City, Jaipur is renowned for magnificent palaces, amazing forts, and havelis, exotic jewelry. Besides, the city is a treasure trove of history and heritage, and the forts in Jaipur reflect the exquisite architecture along with the glorious past of various Rajput rulers. These forts in Jaipur are unique in their own way as they were made with grand entrances, elongated fortress, and swirling routes to confuse the enemies. If you are a history buff and want to explore the rich culture and heritage of Rajasthan, then these historical forts in Jaipur are perfect for you.
Here is the list of 4 fabulous historical forts in Jaipur.
Amer Fort / Amber Fort
Cradled on the top of Aravali Hills, Amer Fort or Amber Fort is acknowledged as one of the best-preserved forts in Rajasthan, and among the prime place to visit in Jaipur. The fort was built by Maharaja Man Singh of the Kachwaha Rajput clan in 1592 AD on the remnants of an earlier structure and later expanded by his successive rulers. It was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a major part of the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Overlooking the Maota Lake, the fort was built using red sandstone and was influenced by both Hindu and Muslim architectural styles. Jaleb Chowk, Diwan-e-Khas, Diwan-i-Aam, Mughal Gardens, Sukh Niwas, and Sheesh Mahal are some of the prominent places to visit inside the fort as part of Jaipur tour packages. Also, the walls of the fort are decked up with paintings and carvings, studded with precious stones.
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Overlooking the pink city of Jaipur, Nahargarh Fort is one of the best forts in Rajasthan and among the best places to visit in Jaipur. It was built in 1734 by Sawai Jan Singh II, as a retreat place. This fort has huge walls and bastions that were later renovated in 1880 by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh, with murals and beautiful designs. The fortification walls extended over the surrounding hills connected Nahargarh Fort to Jaigarh Fort. Along with Jaigarh Fort and Amer Fort, it once formed a strong defense for Jaipur. The fort represents Indo-European architecture and there are many well-preserved structures inside the fort. The fort looks stunningly beautiful at night when it’s lit up. It provides a wonderful view of Man Sagar Lake, Jal Mahal, and Jaipur City.
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Another historical fort in Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort is situated on a cliff called Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) in the Aravali range. The fort was built by Jai Singh II in 1726 to protect the Amber Fort and was named after him. Jaigarh Fort and Amber Fort are connected by underground passages. Situated 400 m above Amer palace, it provides an excellent view of Aravalli hills and the Amber Fort. Built with red sandstone, the fort is similar in structural design to the Amer Fort, Jaipur, one of the popular tourist attractions to visit as part of Golden Triangle Tour Packages. With two main entrances, the fort is well preserved with palaces, granary, canon foundry, many temples, and a tower. The main attraction of the Jaigarh Fort is the Jaivana cannon, which was manufactured in the fort foundry in 1720 and is the world’s largest cannon on wheels.
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About 75 km from Jaipur, Bhangarh Fort is a medieval fort located in the Bhangarh town of Alwar district. The Bhangarh fort was built in 1613 by Madho Singh, who was the son of Man Singh of Amber, a great Mughal General. It is one of the popular forts near Jaipur, and among the prominent places to visit in Alwar. Inside the fort, visitors can see the natural springs, waterfalls, gardens, havelis, and temples of Lord Someshwar, Gopinath, Mangala Devi, and Keshava Rai. The fort is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India due to the numerous ghostly experiences and happenings in the fort premises. The Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden the locals and tourists from entering the fort at night.
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