Forts and Palaces in Jaipur

Jaipur is home to some of the finest forts in Rajasthan. Its Amer Fort is as popular amongst Western Travellers as it is amongst Indians. Interestingly all of its forts are situated in the picturesque locations. It is thanks to their scenic and out-of-the-city location that they are loved by travellers and city dwellers alike. The palaces within the city are magnificent and serve as an example of the advancement of the Indian architecture way back in the early 18th century. Here we tell you in brief about all the forts and palaces of Jaipur.

Amer Palace and Fort (Amber Fort)

Amer Palace and Fort in Jaipur

Amer Fort, also known as Amber Fort, is a magnificent citadel straddling a flat-topped hillock. It was established in 1592 and was the seat of power and home of the royals until the capital was shifted to Jaipur in 1727. For a long period, the fort remained a forgotten page in the history. Today it is one of the most popular forts in India and is thronged by scores of visitors every day. What you see today are the remains of the palace complexes, many of them have remained in very good shape. The citadel and the adjoining town, situated in the valley beside, were protected by the ramparts that snake up and down the surrounding hills. Amer Fort is about 12 km from the city and overlooks the Jaipur-Delhi highway. There are some open-air cafes in the fort that let you sit and gaze at the surrounding hills.

Highlights: Magnificent fortress straddling a hillock in the countryside, surrounded by verdant hills, two more forts are in the vicinity, light and sound show every evening.

Location: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur 302001
Call: 0141 2530293

City Palace of Jaipur

City Palace of Jaipur

The walled city of Jaipur which was designed by Vidyadhar Bhattacharya and established by Jai Singh II is touted as the first well-planned city of India and also has a moniker of Pink City because all the buildings have the same pinkish hue. At the heart of this city is the magnificent city palace complex. It is a collection of elegant palaces and spacious courtyards. Inspiration from both Mughal and Rajput styles of architecture is quite visible. The halls of the private audience, as well as the public audience, are quite impressive and so is the Pritam Niwas Chowk courtyard. Overlooking this courtyard is Chandra Mahal which is the current residence of the descendants of the royals.

Highlights: Beautiful buildings and courtyards, Rajput and Mughal styles of architecture.

Location: Opp Jantar Mantar, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur 302002
Call: 0141 4088888

Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur

This hilltop fort overlooks the Amer Fort like a guarding sentinel. Its name translates into ‘Victory Fort’ and the name is pretty befitting because this was meant to be used during wartime. There is a tunnel in Amer which leads to Jaigarh which royals could have used in case of an attack. But the need never arose. So, the army was stationed here, and you can see the old foundry where they produced weapons. The battlements of Jaigarh are mighty and the views of the undulating hills from the ramparts are mesmerizing. Don’t miss checking out the world’s largest cannon-on-wheels and the remains of Mughal garden.

Highlights: Military architecture, a huge cannon, cannon foundry, beautiful views.

Location: Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur 302028
Call: 0141 2671848

Hawa Mahal

Hawa Mahal Palace in Jaipur

Hawa Mahal is, in fact, a part of the city palace complex but there is a separate entry ticket and gate for visiting it. Its beauty lies in its uniquely designed facade. Hawa Mahal means the palace of winds and true to its name its facade is covered entirely with windows and perforations. The intention of building this palace was to give a place to the royal women to observe the processions on the street without being seen. This iconic palace is extremely popular and a lot of travellers just take a quick gaze of it from outside while on their sightseeing tours. But it is quite an experience to explore it from within.

Highlights: Unique facade, impressive architecture.

Location: Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Pink City, Jaipur 302002
Call: 0141 2618033

Nahargarh

Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur

Nahargarh is also called Tiger Fort. This hilltop fort can be reached by trekking up from the base near the city or by driving towards Amer and taking a detour. This fort is at a higher altitude than Amer and overlooks the Jaipur city. Not many structures within this 18th-century fort have survived but a palace called Madhavendra Bhavan stands tall and is worth a visit. Strolling around the fort is enjoyable for solitude seekers and nature lovers as there are scrub hills all around. But a word of caution, Nahargarh isn’t considered to be a very safe place.

Highlights: Hilltop fort, surrounded by forests, trekking and driving routes to the fort.

Need to Know: Often times notorious elements of the city come here for their outings. So, don’t go far from the palace and preferably be in a group and leave well before sunset.

Location: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur 302002
Call: 0141 5134038

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