Located about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from Rajasthan’s capital city, Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort stands tall on the Hill of Eagles, grabbing travelers’ attention with its imposing presence and monumental architecture. Built by Sawai Jai Singh II in the early 18th century, the fort was initially meant to protect Amer Fort, one of India’s most spectacular palaces, and the two are connected through secret subterranean passages. Today, the green Aravalli hills surround Jaigarh Fort, which offers panoramic vistas of the city of Jaipur, also known as the Pink City. Behind its thick sandstone walls lies the world’s largest cannon on wheels, and impressive collections of war armors, arms, and ammunition. Join us on an exploratory journey behind the construction’s grand walls, on a lookout for the best things to do, and the best travel tips. Here’s our detailed guide to Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur.
Things to do
Once in the Pink City, a visit to the Jaigarh Fort, an ancient, imposing construction sitting on the rocky and green hills of Aravalli, is a must.
Once you’re passed the fort’s endless sandstone walls, take a walk through the carefully manicured Charbagh Garden. The splendid garden is created in Persian style, divided into four parts, with a small pool in the center. The four parts symbolize milk, honey, wine, and water, which are always abundant in the gardens of Paradise. The garden is rich in vegetation, sprinkled with tall trees, well-maintained shrubs, as well as rows of sweet-scented daffodils and roses. The best time to visit the garden is at sunset when the views of the fort and the panoramic vistas of Jaipur are truly breathtaking.
The Jaigarh Fort is home to the world’s largest cannon on wheels, also known as Jaivan. The cannon weighs 50 tons (55 US tons) and requires 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of gunpowder for each shot. The interesting thing about the cannon is that it was only used for a test, once, but never in an actual battle. Even so, it remains impressive because of the size and what it can do, while photographs don’t do it enough justice.
Probably the most spectacular part of the fort, the Laxmi Villas, or the King’s royal drawing-room, home to a puppet theater. The building has been renovated several times throughout the year, and the last renovation was done by the popular architect Vidhyadhar Bhatt. Although the rooms can’t be visited, the 12 marble pillars, the beautiful wall paintings, the marble flooring, and overall impressive architecture are all reasons to visit the Laxmi Villas.
The Museum and Foundry
The fort’s small museum hosts impressive collections of weapons and war ammunition, with some really interesting items such as cannonballs and war armors. The museum is definitely worth a visit, as it depicts important pages of Jaipur’s history.
Don’t leave the fort without taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding valley. Everywhere you look, the scenery is impressive, including the sights of Sagar Lake, Amer Town, or the grandiose Amer Fort.
Other highlights throughout the fort
If you’ve got the time and are eager to make the most of your visit to Jaigarh Fort, check out the collections of paintings and royal artifacts, the two vintage temples – Kal Bhairav, built in the 12th century and Ram Hari Har, built in the 10th century, as well as the impressive Water Reservoir, believed to be the hiding place for the Kachwaha dynasty’s treasures.
Prepare for the visit
A visit to the fort will require a lot of walking and standing, so make sure you wear comfortable clothes, preferably cotton since you’ll be standing in the sun for quite a bit, and comfortable shoes. Bring a bottle of water with you, as you’ll get thirsty throughout the visit.
The best time to visit
The best months to visit the fort are between October and March when you won’t have to worry about the heat or getting drenched in the rain, which will happen if you plan your visit during the rainy season. The rest of the time, the weather in Jaipur is quite hot.
A visit of the fort can take from anywhere between one and three hours, depending on your pace and how many of its highlights you want to cross off your list. If you don’t want to be in a hurry, reserve half a day for the Jaigarh Fort visit, including the time to get there.
Don’t forget the camera
With such an impressive and grandiose architecture, as well as jaw-dropping vistas, the visit to Jaigarh Fort is an excellent opportunity to take some stunning photos that will attract a lot of Instagram envy.
How to get there
Public transport is the cheapest option. You can take the 3B or AC 1 buses from Ajmeri Gate in Jaipur, get down at Amer, and then walk for five more minutes. The cost of a ride is 1 USD and will take around 30 minutes.
The Jaigarh Fort is a 15-minute drive from Jaipur. The fastest way to get here is by taxi. A trip from Jaipur to the fort will cost around 2 to 4 USD/one-way, on average. The most common taxi providers are Varsha Cab Services (+91 88 90 82 50 40) and Rajputana Cabs (+91 98 28 62 77 22).
Uber is also available in Jaipur and may be easier to order by just using the Uber app. The costs is similar to a taxi ride, or maybe 1 to 2 USD higher.
How to book tickets
Tickets can be bought on-site, at the attraction, for a cost of around 1 USD (85 INR) for foreigners, and half the price for Indian citizens.
Jaigarh Fort information
Address: Devisinghpura, Amer, Rajasthan 302028, India
Opening hours: Sun - Fri: 9:30am - 4:45pm; Sat: 9:30am - 8pm
Department of tourism: Visit Rajasthan
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