Bird’s view overlooking the fort
Located on the promontory known as Cheel ka Teela, Jaigarh fort or the Victory fort is built in a position overlooking the Maota Lake and Amer fort. It resembles the Amer fort to a great extent in its massive structure and strength. Jaigarh fort runs approximately for 3 kilometers in a north-south direction and its width is 1 kilometer.
The fort as several other forts in Rajasthan bears rich history and cultural tradition. Cannon by the name of “Jaivana” was long back constructed within the territory of the fort. Later, it was declared to be the largest existing cannon on wheels. It was built by Sawan Jai Singh II. From all its sides, it has a circumference of battlements and is built in a certain way that Amer fort is connected to it though subterranean lanes.
The primary motive behind its construction was to protect the palaces inside Amer fort from any sort of enemy invasion. Whether in terms of architectural style, or consolidation, there are many similarities with the Amer fort. Built in 18th century, this fort had become the cannon hub of the Mughal Empire. Besides that, the fort kept serving the purpose of a storehouse to keep ammunitions and metals that are needed in warfare.
Dara Shikoh was the protector of the fort during the Mughal period and also kept a strict watch on the cannon outpost. However, in 1658 he was defeated by his own brother Aurangzeb and executed thereafter. After several years passed by, the fort found its new watch under Jai Singh II who had manufactured “Jaivana canon”.
The fort received its name for it always lay unvanquished in any warfare and is considered to be the strongest fort amongst all three in Jaipur. Other than the battle between Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb, the fort never had to witness any other major battles.
A Day At The Fort
Jaigarh fort overlooks the entire city of Jaipur, thus providing its beauty thirsty tourists with a perfect panoramic view of the entire city. Sunset from its roof is a must on a one day tour to the fort. The fort, located on Cheel ka Teela hills is comparable to a precious jewel on the crown, thus complimenting the city’s ambience. Tourists can visit the number of temples inside the boundaries of the fort, such as – Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Aram Mandir and Vilas Mandir. There is also a museum and armoury within the complex which can dig up historians’ interest and be a pleasurable watch for leisure seeking watchers. Information on the objects present in museum has been provided for the sake of knowledge.
How to reach Jaigarh fort?
Located just at a distance of 10 kilometers from Jaipur, taking a cab will simply do. There are state government buses available throughout the day. There are trains connected to Jaipur with major cities throughout India, any of which can be booked. At Jaipur International Airport, most of the country’s domestic flights have services as well. Any of the means of transport can be used to reach Jaigarh.