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5 Jan 2010

Jaipur – Fort Trio

Jaipur is called the Pink City. It is founded by King Sawai Hai Singh in 1727 A.D. The city is rich with heritage forts built during the royal era. The three forts are the Amber, Jaigarh and Nahargarh.

Many people would like to visit Jaipur just to primarily see its three famous royal forts. The city was founded in 1727 A.D. and became the home of these three magnificent and historical structures. These are the Amber, Jaigarh and Narhargarh. These forts are enjoyed by many tourists because of its grandeur monuments and buildings.

Amber Fort
Amber Fort lies at the southern part of the colossal Fort of Jaigarh. It is among the best hilltop forts in the Indian state. Amber is situated at the Amber Fort complex 11 kilometers from Jaipur. The place is not only used as a defense system but it serves as the main residence of Kachawas rulers.

Amber Fort is an example of adventurous and combative style of living in order to witness the past. The exteriors have carved temples, large halls, hilltop palaces and lush green gardens. A great Indian elephant embellished with artifacts and ribbons is set to complete the royal flavor. A royal ride gives tourists a comfortable view of the panoramic sights and hilly region around the fort.

Amber Fort can be climbed in a matter of 10 minutes just to to get through a stairway to Diwan-i-am (public audience hall). Every door of this hall has mosaics and sculptures along with a royal cart preserved in its original condition. Sukh Niwas or the hall of pleasures can be reached by walking on an elevated ground. The fort's premises also have a temple called Kali Mata.

Hence, Sheesh Mahal (mansion of mirrors) is the most enchanting bay inside the fort. Its walls and ceilings are decorated with colorful glasses. The pillars at the opposite of Sheesh Mahal are singing rhymes of fine arts. One can make a floral pattern on their body or it may turn out to be a scorpion or butterfly.

Today, the fort remains to be a remainder of the past glory of Jaipur City. As a general advisory, Amber Fort has a hot climate, so visitors are advised to dress comfortably.

Jaigarh Fort
Jaigarh Fort is one of the military structures of India that completely stands intact. It was mainly used as a defense system. It even apprehended the famous Treasury of Kachawas. Jaighar Fort is situated 15 km from Jaipur and was born during the 15th and 18th centuries. The large fort is surrounded by outstanding stone ramparts.

The fort is known as the Victory Fort that offers beautiful gardens, granaries, palaces, temples and reservoir having bastions, watch towers and wide walls. Giant mounted cannons called Jaivan is believed to be the largest cannon in the world. It was fired only once and was never used in war. These canons are still worshipped by the Majarajas.

The breathtaking views at Dungar Darwaza overwhelm people who visit the place. There is an armory museum and a collection of puppets as well as coins worth exploring. The hilltop location makes it more appealing to tourists in a two hour exploration of the entire fort. It is an impressive monument that showcases the history of Rajasthan.

Nahargarh Fort
Nahargarh Fort is located along the mountain top and built in the year 1734 by Sawai Raja Jai Singh. It was once used as the summer residence of Amber rulers such as the Kachawas and the Maharanis. The place was also known as the Tiger Fort.

Legend tells that the Fort was named after the prince, whose spirit haunted the site, causing mischief to its workers. A tantrik prayer was used so that the prince would leave the fort but a condition was made to name the fort after the name of the spirit.

Attractions in and out of the fort include the Man Sagar Lake, historical buildings and the Madhavendra Bhavan houses.

Tourists really enjoy the magical and grand ambiance of these three forts. The rich heritage continues to attract many people in all walks of life so as to experience the history of the royal age.

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