Nahargarh Fort situated on the outskirts of Jaipur, is known for its magnificent views and its extended wall that connects it to Jaigarh Fort. With intricate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort is not only an impregnable fortress but also a visual delight.
Built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734 as a retreat, this fort together with Amer and Jaigarh forts, stood as the strong defense of Jaipur city. This fort was primarily used as a retreat for the ladies of the royal household and has a ladies’ quarters named “Zenana”. The counterpart of the Zenana, called “Mardana Mahal”, was built for the royal men.
One of the must-visit places at Nahargarh Fort is the Padao Restaurant, where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Jaipur while relishing some delicious food. Another attraction of the fort is the Nahargarh Biological Park, which is a sanctuary for majestic animals like tigers, leopards and the Asiatic lions. This park spreads across an area of 7.2 square kilometres of the Nahargarh Sanctuary and is adorned with fine granite and quartzite rocks. It is home to 285 species of birds, making it a paradise for bird watchers.
As you enter the fort through the entrance gate called “Tadigate”, you will find a temple dedicated to the Jaipur rulers towards your left. Another temple devoted to the Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia, also resides inside the complex. The “Madhavendra Bhawan”, built by Sawai Madho Singh, is a two-storied building with suites for the king and his twelve queens. You will also find the “Diwan-I-Aam”, an open-air enclosure where the king met his subjects and listened to their problems and complaints.
So, if you’re looking for a unique and majestic experience, head to the Nahargarh Fort and immerse yourself in its rich history, beautiful architecture, and natural beauty. But, don’t forget to pack your binoculars for the Nahargarh Zoological Park, where you can spot Asiatic lions, Bengal tigers, panthers, hyenas, wolves, deer, crocodiles, and many more. Just remember, the park is open between 8.30 AM to 5.30 PM (15th March to 14th October) and 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM (15th October to 14th March), and it is closed on Tuesdays. And, as for the entry fee, Indians have to pay INR 20, while foreign visitors have to pay INR 300. So, gear up for an adventurous and scenic experience!