Nahargarh Fort History
Also Known As Tiger Fort, Sudarshangarh Fort.
Famous for: Royal Heritage, Indo-European style of Architecture, Scenic Beauty, History.
Built in 1734 under the reign of Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, this fort is located on the edge of the Aravali Hills in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The fort provides a breathtaking view of the pink city and is connected to Jaigarh Fort via fortifications.
While it was initially named ‘Sudarshangarh’, its name was replaced as ‘Nahargarh’ (which means: ‘Abode of Tigers’ due to the presence of Tigers in the area.) It is also a popular belief that while the fort was being built, the constructions would frequently be destroyed or disrupted by the presence of the spirit of Rathore Prince Nahar Singh Bhomia.
This is when the then Maharaja, Jai Singh discovered that the land was haunted. They constructed a shrine in which the spirit was pacified and could reside. Hence, the name ‘Nahargarh’.
Nahargarh fort was also used as a summer retreat by the Jaipur kings considering that there are several palaces, temples and landscaped gardens within its complex.
The Madhavendra Palace is the hotspot attraction at the fort which has an opulent suite for the king and nine suites for his wives.
Timings & Duration
Free Entry On
- 30 March – Rajasthan Diwas
- 18 April – World Heritage Day
- 18 May – World Museum Day
- 27 September- World Tourism Day
Entry for School/College groups is free from 10 AM till 12 PM.
Best Time To Visit: Winters, during the daytime as the weather is pleasant and favourable.
Architecture of Nahargarh Fort
(1) The fort follows the Indo-European style of architecture and there are many structures inside the fort. To the left of the entrance gate ‘Tadigate’, there is a temple dedicated to the deity of Jaipur rulers.
(2) There is another temple inside the fort, dedicated to the Rathore prince, Nahar Singh Bhomia.
(3) ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ is a two-storey building which has suites for the king and his twelve queens. It is divided into nine similar apartments and each of these apartments has a lobby, bedrooms, toilets, kitchen and store.
(4) Other structures inside the palace include Diwan-I-Aam, an open-air enclosure where the king held the court and discussions.
Facts on Nahargarh Fort
(1) Nahargarh Fort was never attacked but it witnessed some major historical events, like the treaties with the Maratha forces which attacked Jaipur in the 18th century. This fort gave shelter to many Europeans in this region, including the British Resident’s wife, during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
(2) The Fort also comprises of a wax museum (built in the recent times) and a ‘Sheesh Mahal’, better known as the mirror palace inside the premises.
The Sheesh Mahal was designed to honour the Mughal and Rajput architecture. The significance of this glass palace is that the entire room is made from hand-cut glass.