A hub of historic palaces, forts and sights, a maze of bazaars, and an immense charm abounding the airs – this describes Jaipur best. Fondly known as the ‘Pink City’, it is not just a state capital, but a hugely popular tourist destination as well. One such attraction here is the Nahargarh Fort, perched atop the Aravalli Hills, surrounded by dense carpeting of greenery. The fort has been built in impressive proportions and together with Jaigarh and Amer forts nearby, formed a triumvirate of strong defence for the city of Jaipur. You can head there to spend time, doused in history, fascination, and gorgeous views. Here’s a guide to Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, that you can use.
Things to do / highlights
Tour through the fort
The Nahargarh Fort complex is home to two temples, an enclosure built for the kings to meet the common folks, and two parts of residential spaces amongst the other spaces and parks that serve as a defence. Madhavendra Bhawan, of all the fort’s many parts, happens to be quite a bit of a hit amongst visitors. This area was once the quarters of royal ladies and throws light on the life and times of its once residents.
Admire the fort's architecture
The fort has been designed in an impressive Indo-European style of architecture. Most notable amongst all of the fort’s areas is the Madhavendra Bhawan, ornate with rich stucco designs and colourful frescoes. A must-visit for architecture and history buffs. You can also visit The Sculpture Park, a contemporary art gallery showcasing exquisite sculptures, here. The selection of sculptures keeps changing.
Check out the Wax Museum
This is another one of tourists’ top spots to explore within the fort. It is divided into three sections. One of the most interesting ones is The Royal Darbar, showcasing paintings and wax statues of Rajasthan’s royal figures, dressed in traditional Rajasthani outfits. This is followed by the Sheesh Mahal, decorated magnificently with glass and mirrors. Then there’s also the Hall of Icons, with wax statues of celebrities and famous icons. The admission fee to the Wax Museum is about 5 USD per person.
Do some trekking
The tread up to the fort’s entrance is an uphill walk of 2km (1.2 miles). This trek is slightly steep and quite winding as well. We recommend avoiding this in peak summer months (May to August) as visitors have a chance of falling ill in the heat.
Catch panoramic views
Sitting atop a hill was of strategic importance to the fort vis-à-vis defence at one point in history. However, now it is for visitors to relish gorgeous panoramic views of the Jaipur city out front. This is an especially amazing sight if you visit around the sunset. Kali Burj is the fort’s top-most point, offering breathtaking views.
What to eat
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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time is housed within Madhavendra Bhawan, doused in a spirit of royal regalia and charm. Dining here is a wholly classy experience, complete with scintillating views, a regal ambience, and delicious North Indian fare. Their paneer tikka, lehsuni murg kebab, and masala gatta are among diners’ top faves. You can pair these dishes with wine or beer.
While Once Upon a Time is a full-fledged restaurant, Padao is the fort’s open-air coffee shop. You can stop by for a small bite or a quick sip amidst gorgeous bird’s-eye view of the Jaipur city. Remember that the place is forever packed, so you may have trouble finding yourself a table with a view. The admission fee to the restaurant is about 1 USD per person.
Choose the right weather
Since all the activities here are outdoors, it is important that you decide on the time of your visit wisely. April - September are primarily summer and monsoon months in Jaipur, so outdoor activities in the daytime can get uncomfortable. October - March are ideal months.
Remember that quite a bit of walking will be required to explore the fort fully, so it’s best you wear appropriate clothes and comfortable footwear. If you’re visiting in summers, carrying an umbrella will help.
Camera and video fee
Visitors have to pay a charge of about 0.2 - 1 USD for carrying cameras and filming equipment inside the fort’s premises.
You’ll find plenty of tour guides at the fort’s entrance. However, they don’t have any set rates. If you’re a non-Indian visitor feeling like you’re being ripped off, ask other Indian visitors for some input.
Keep aside appropriate time
If you’re on a tight schedule, you can check out the most basic stuff at the fort in under an hour. However, if you want to enjoy your time there, we’d suggest keeping aside at least two to three hours.
How to get there
You can easily drive down to the fort. It is about a 6 km (4 mi) outside the Jaipur city limits, which is a 30-minutes-and-up drive, depending on traffic conditions. Although, it may be worth noting that you’ll have to leave your vehicle at the foot of the hill and hitch a shuttle ride to the fort or walk it, as you may prefer.
You’ll find plenty of local taxis across Jaipur. Most of the larger hotels also offer these services as an add-on. Else, you can check online for information on cab operators. Remember that this may be a slightly pricey affair as rates are calculated on a per-kilometre basis. Uber is another option you can explore. Like cars, these will also drop you off at the foot of the hill.
Much like taxis, there’s no dearth of three-wheelers also. You can easily hitch one from any one of the main roads in Jaipur. However, remember that the three-wheeler rates are not necessarily fixed. The driver may quote an amount they prefer, so you may have to bargain a bit. Three-wheelers can easily make it uphill to the fort, so you can choose to ditch the walk and get dropped off directly at the fort’s entrance.
How to book tickets
You can book your admission e-tickets to the fort, here. Remember that admission charges are different for Indian and International tourists. The tickets for individual attractions within the fort, such as Padao (cafe) and the Wax Museum, are on-site.
The e-ticketing website also gives visitors an option to purchase a composite pass, which can be used to visit other monuments (Amber Palace, Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, etc.) in Jaipur as well. These passes have a one-day validity and cost about 5 - 15 USD.
Nahargarh Fort information
Address: Krishna Nagar, Brahampuri, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
Opening hours: 10am - 5:30pm (daily)
Cost: 1 - 3 USD
Department of tourism: Visit Rajasthan
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