Nahargarh Fort (Tiger Fort) at Jaipur, India.
Built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh in 1734, Nahargarh Fort sits on a high hill overlooking the City of Jaipur. External walls, battlements and fortifications from the fort go across the contours of the Aravalli Hills and connect up with the Forts at Amber.
Nahargarh Fort overlooks Jaipur City it is not that near to actually get too unless you want to take the at times fairly steep walk up the hillside on a paved path. Going to Nahargarh Fort by road involves a 15km drive
from the city - you can decide to take a tuk-tuk / auto-rickshaw rather than go by car to save money as the road is surfaced all the way, Getting to Nahargarh Fort.
However we are aware that sometimes the autos are stopped by gangs of youths who demand money to let you pass by. This actually occurred with a lady we talked too whilst we were at the Fort who had used an auto-rickshaw and a gang of youths had tried to steal her belongings. Therefore if you don't want to walk up and
are on your own it's probably better to include visiting the Fort as part of a "car and driver" sightseeing day perhaps including both Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort - and even perhaps Jaipur Monkey Temple (Galta Kund).
The other way to get to the Fort is as mentioned to take a 20 or so minute walk up the hill-side - there is a nice zig-zag path available which although quite steep does offer good views of Jaipur. Any auto-rickshaw driver will know where the path starts from however even here there is a possible safety problem.
From where you are dropped off on the edge of Jaipur City you have to walk the last part
through a not too pleasant area for a short while. You may well encounter groups of youths on the way up the path who are at times a little intimidating - again really this route is probably not best walked on your own and then should only be done in daylight!.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
There is no charge to enter the Fort and because of this there are often gangs of youths hanging around up in the Fort's grounds. There is an attempt being made to "do-up" the Nahargarh Fort and it's buildings - the Madhavendra Bhavan is certainly very
interesting to wander around and work is still going on so perhaps the Jaipur authorities will soon place some security up there. Still on the same topic - it really would be unwise to be up at Nahargarh Fort from early evening onwards - and not to have to walk back down the path into Jaipur once daylight starts to go.
Madhavendra Bhavan (inside Nahargarh Fort).
There is an entry fee to go into Madhavendra Bhavan which is currently 15 Rupees. The Bhavan is a maze of rooms and apartments with interconnecting corridors most of which are brightly decorated in various colour themes of blue or orange - the corridors were used by the then Maharaja of Jaipur Sawai Madho Singh II to visit his various concubines without attracting too much attention
from his official wives and the court officials.