Nahargarh fort is located at the edge of the mighty Aravallis and watches over the Jaipur city in the royal state of Rajasthan. Previously named as Sudarshangarh, later the name was changed to Nahargarh which refers to “abode of tigers”. The purpose behind building this fort was primarily to serve as a consolidated defense of the city of Jaipur.
Nahargarh, Amer and Jaigarh forts were built with the motive of being strong defense mechanism against any invaders or enemies. In the year 1734, it was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II. Most of these forts are like a tapestry of rich old tales and Nahargarh is not an exception as well. One of its tales narrates that the name “Nahar” came from the Rathore prince Nahar Singh Bhomia. It was believed by local people that his spirit created hindrance in constructing the fort. His spirit possibly lived in the place where the palace is now constructed. It was only after building a temple in his remembrance that the fort could finally be constructed.
Just alike Jaigarh fort is linked with Amer fort through subterranean paths, Nahargarh fort and Jaigarh fort is again connected via fortifications. By the year 1868, the fort had suffered bits and pieces of destruction and was falling apart. Sawai Ram Singh prevented the transformation of this beautiful architectural heritage into ruins in the year 1868. As a fort, it never really had to witness any major war; however, Maratha army had once attacked the city of Jaipur back in 18th century. The fort was never attacked by any invaders or so. On the contrary, it acted as a refuge to many Europeans residing in the region and also the wife of the British Resident while the war of Sepoy Mutiny was waging.
On entering the main gate, there is a temple on the left which is dedicated to the idol of the rulers of Jaipur. Another temple has been erected in the name of the Nahar Singh Bhomia.
What to see in the fort?
As the fort is situated at the top of Aravalli, one of the ancient mountain ranges, the view from the top is breathtakingly picturesque. Inside the fort, one can visit the temple of Rathore prince Nahar Singh Bhomia and read the haunted tale. There is “Tadigate”, the entrance gate on whose left there is a temple dedicated to the idol of the rulers of Jaipur. Sawai Madho Singh had built Madhavendra Bhawan, a two floored building where there was two exclusive suites for the king and the twelve queens. For each of the queens, the building had been made in a modern day apartment like fashion having bedchamber, kitches, and toilet, lobby etc separately. At “Diwan-I-am”, the king held sessions with the common people.
How to reach?
Nahargarh is just 6 kilometers away from the main city of Jaipur. Therefore, there are plenty of buses and trains and even flights to reach Jaipur. From there, take a cab to the fort.