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Exploring the Forts of Jaipur: Shortcuts and Hidden Passages

Ambling through the royal city of Jaipur, one is surprised by an ancient fort or monument at almost every turn and corner. Standing tall and flaunting their brilliant architecture and intelligent design, these magnificent fortresses have put the ‘Pink City’ on the global map reeling in tourists from around the world.

The city has so much to explore that you lose track of time traversing from one attraction to another. Here are the shortcuts, tips and suggestions to help you make the most of your travels.

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Exploring the Amer Fort

Amber Fort or Amer Fort

Amer Fort casting a mirror-like reflection on the Moatha Lake

Start your fort expedition with Amber Fort. Resting atop the Eagle’s Hill (Cheel ka Teela) in the Aravalis, the earthen tone of the fort casts a stunning reflection on the Maotha Lake. The fort peripheries are flanked by lush gardens on both sides, namely, Kesari Kyari and Dil Aram Bagh. Once you purchase the tickets at the counter you can walk your way up to the main fort entrance- Sinh Pol. If you are early, you may opt for an elephant ride up the pathway to the fort complex.

The fortress exhibits a traditional Hindu and Rajputana style of architecture. The main structure is built with aesthetically crafted marble and red sandstone. Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khaas, Sheesh Mahal, Mughal Gardens and Shila Mata Mandir are the main structures and attractions inside Amer Fort.

Walk through the corridors and hidden passages to trace the history of the fortress. Spend your time marveling at the craft and skills used in the making of each element.

A few traditional clothing & souvenir shops and a bookstore are also located inside the fort.

An elephant ride up the main fort entrance at Amer
Ancient Mughal 'Kesar Kyari Garden' in Amer
Dil Aram Bagh at Amer Fort
The Mughal and Rajput architecture of Diwan-i-Aam
A panoramic view of Amer from the Jaigarh Fort
The intricate mirror paintings and floral motifs of Sheesh Mahal
The lush Mughal Gardens in Amer Fort
A local crafts' vendor at Amer Fort entrance
A secret passage to reach Jaigarh Fort from Amer Fort
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An elephant ride up the main fort entrance at Amer
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Fort Timings: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fort Entry Fee: Rs. 100

Hiking up to Jaigarh Fort

Enroute Jaigarh Fort from the secret passage

Enroute Jaigarh Fort from the secret passage

To save time and truly commit to your explorer persona, take a hidden cave/passage from Amer Fort to reach the Jaigarh Fort. The hike takes you through a narrow brick-laden pathway ensconced between the fort boundary with nothing but wilderness around it.

Once you reach the fort entrance purchase the tickets at the counter to explore the fortress. Sprawled over a hill, the palatial structure is built with walls of red sandstone. The fort was historically built as a security measure to protect Jaipur and Amer fort from invaders. It houses a huge cannon foundry and battle equipment which form the main attractions. The fort also has a huge palace complex housing Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Aram Mandir and the Vilas Mandir.

As you stand close to the fort boundary, a stunning view of Hanuman Sagar Lake, Amer Town and the Aravalis pleasantly greets you.

Fun Fact: It is widely believed that a huge treasure was buried under the Jaigarh fort which was seized by the Government of Rajasthan in the 1970s.

Cannon Foundry at Jaigarh Fort
A panoramic view of Amer from the Jaigarh Fort
A camel ride at Nahargarh fort
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Cannon Foundry at Jaigarh Fort
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Fort Timings: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Fort Entry fee: Rs. 50

Driving up to Nahargarh Fort

A view of Jal Mahal enroute Nahargarh Fort

A view of Jal Mahal enroute Nahargarh Fort

The way to Nahargarh Fort from Jaigarh Fort is a stretch of 6 kms. Give your feet some rest and drive up to Nahargarh or alternatively book an Uber to go. The way to the fort is beautiful. At some twists and turns, you will catch a glimpse of Lake Palace in the distance.

Having purchased your tickets, you will be greeted by an old world royal charm of the fortress. The Jaipur Wax Museum is the first structure inside the fort along with a few eating stalls and refreshment centers. Other structures inside the palace include Diwan-I-Aam.

The main fort structure reflects an Indo-European architecture. To the left of the entrance gate is a temple dedicated to the deity of Jaipur royals. Another attraction is the two storeyed ‘Madhavendra Bhawan’ harboring suites for the king and his queens each equipped with a lobby, bedrooms, toilets, kitchen and store. Other structures inside the palace include Diwan-I-Aam.

The fort interiors are stunning. The walls are painted with unique floral motifs while the doors and windows are adorned with colorful glass panels. As you peek out of a window, you will be welcomed by a panoramic view of the entire cityscape. If you pay enough attention, you’ll be able to spot other monuments of Jaipur- Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal, City Palace and Lake Palace.

Spend your time exploring the palace rooms and corridors.

Jaipur Wax Museum in Nahargarh Fort Complex
Entry to the Nahargarh Fort
The narrow corridors of Nahargarh, echoing the ancient tales of the royals
Colored glass panels ornamenting the walls of Nahargarh Fort
The stunning cityscape from Nahargarh Fort
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Jaipur Wax Museum in Nahargarh Fort Complex
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Fort Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fort Entry Fee: Rs. 50

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About Garusha Katoch

A journalist by education, a writer by passion and a film buff by night. When I am not offering an insight into the many treasure troves of your favorite travel destinations, I like to get my dose of Truffaut and Resnais. You can catch me in quaint cafes finishing my latest book or transforming every thing that happens in a moment into ink.

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