Royal Forts in Jaipur That Are a Sight of Magnificence


Forts in Jaipur

The magnificent palaces and forts in Jaipur are synonymous with the vibe of the city. Frequented by tourists both domestic and international, Jaipur is known for its architectural beauty. Boasting of a rich and vibrant history, the fortresses tell the tales of the battles fought and won and they stand strong as a testimony to the romance and gallantry of the bygone era. In addition to the chivalry and valiance, these spectacular forts boast of striking architecture and elaborate designs. Besides the most popular forts in Jaipur- Amer, Nahargarh and Jaigar; there are several other equally splendid forts around the city. Most of these elephantine structures date back to the medieval era. Currently, some of these have been transformed into heritage hotels and some are still retained as private parties. So, we have compiled an elaborate list of these resplendent forts in Jaipur and around it, which you should definitely visit while on a trip to the city.

Here is the list of 7 Royal Forts in Jaipur That Are a Sight of Magnificence

1. Amber Fort

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Amber Fort, situated 11 kms from Jaipur, is a fort built with a great artistic taste. Cradled on the top of a hill forming a beautiful reflection in Maotha Lake, it is popularly known as Amer Fort. This majestic building with its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases is an architectural masterpiece and with significant importance in Indian history. Amer Fort is clad in pink and yellow sandstone and is a part of an extensive complex. Built by one of the most trusted generals of Akbar, Maharaja Man Singh I in the year 1592, Amer Fort served as the main residence of the Rajput Rulers. This fort in Jaipur is big enough that it will take you at least two to three hours to explore it in detail, and you can also choose to avail of the audio guides to lead you through this fascinating building while explaining the history of the place. Getting an elephant ride up the stairs to the Amber Fort is also a popular tourist activity. The fort sees over five thousand visitors daily and rightfully, the Amer Fort was inducted into UNESCO World Heritage Site list as part of the "Hill Forts of Rajasthan" along with five other forts.

2. Jaigarh Fort

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Jaigarh Fort is a grand structure perched on the top of the 'Cheel ka Teela' hills in the Pink City of Jaipur. This magnificent edifice was commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1726 to protect Amer Fort. Cradled on the top of the cliff, it is a palatial structure bounded by verdant greenery and massive battlements. This magnificent fort in Jaipur is connected to Amer Fort through subterranean passages and is famously known as the 'Fort of Victory' as it was never conquered. The fort currently houses the world's largest cannon on wheels - 'Jaivana' and offers a magnificent view of the Jaipur city.

3. Nahargarh Fort

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Nahargarh Fort is located in the Pink City of Jaipur and is one of the many countless palaces and beautiful historic buildings that speak of the magnificent and rich history of this city. Embellished with delicate carvings and stonework, the Nahargarh Fort is an impregnable structure, that together with its two neighbouring forts - Amer and Jaigarh, once stood as the strong defence of Jaipur city. The Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in the year 1734 as a retreat. With some breathtaking views of the city, the Nahargarh Fort is known for its extended wall that connects it to Jaigarh Fort. This fort in Jaipur is located on top of a hill and you can hire a cab or autorickshaw to the foot of the hill and trek the rest of the way.

4. Laxmangarh Fort

Situated at a distance of 147 kms from Jaipur, Laxmangarh Fort was built by Rao Raja of Sikar, Laxman Singh in the 19th century. Built on large scattered rocks, this fort in Jaipur is now partly owned by a private party and hence is only partially open to tourists.

5. Mandawa Fort

Mandawa Fort is a striking example of unique Rajasthani style architecture. Built in the 18th century by Nawal Singh, the fort is situated 170 kms from Jaipur and boasts of beautiful archways, mirror works and paintings.

6. Badalgarh Fort

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Located at a distance of 171 kms from Jaipur, Badalgarh Fort situated in the Jhunjhunu district of the Shekhawati region. It was constructed under the regime of a Muslim ruler, Nawab Fazal Khan in the early 16th century.

7. Lohagarh Fort

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Lohagarh Fort is one fort which is known as the invincible fort of India. Situated at 186 kms from Jaipur, Lohagarh Fort indeed stands true to its name and has survived solidly and battled the attacks of military forces as well as the ravages of time for centuries. This fort in Jaipur was constructed by the Bharatpur Jat rulers.

Which of these forts in Jaipur have you visited? Let us know in the comments below!

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