Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaigarh Fort, the final fort of Rajasthan that I conquered with my lens. The architecture of Jaigarh Fort is not of the artistic type and that is because the fort was built more for the security of Amber and Jaipur. Small fortification was built by kings of Meena dynasty in 10th century for the protection of Amer Fort. It is located in Aravali range 400m above Amber Fort. Jaigarh Fort had more importance from the military point of view. Nevertheless it has a magic of its own, majestic and royal looks.

The present day form of the fort was erected by Raja Jai Singh in 1726, at the top of a hill by the name Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles). All around there is a massive wall which has pathways.Β  These thick walls of Jaigarh Fort was built with red sandstone and is spread over a vast range of 3kms in length, with a width of 1km. The view of the city around is mesmerizing. One gets the idea of the strategic location of the fort. The fort has the proud reputation of never being conquered in a battle. In 1658, long before the fort got its final form, the cannon outpost at the Jaigarh fort which was protected by Dara Shikoh, was defeated. He was executed by his own brother, Aurangzeb.

Inside the fort are several palaces, museums, treasuries, granaries and even huge underground tanks. This includes the Laxmi Vilas, Lalit Mandir, Aram Mandir and the Vilas Mandir.

Jaigarh Fort Rajasthan
Jaigarh Fort Tower
Lake inside Jaigarh Fort

We reached the fort quite late in the day so we could just tour around. The largest tank has dimensions 158ft long, 138ft. wide, and 40ft. deep can store 60,00,000 gallons of water. The Government of India made a search for the legendary treasures of Maharajas rumored to be stored here after emptying the tank in 1976, but nothing was found.

The Jaigarh Fort once served as the hub of artillery production for the Rajputs. The World famous largest canon ‘Jaivana Cannon’ is housed here. It was cast in the foundry inside this fort in 1720. A mighty destructive weapon no doubt, it was decorated with beautiful designs. The height of the wheel is 9ft.; you can well imagine the size of this huge canon. It is believed to have been test fired once. The cannon was fired with a charge of 100kgs of gunpowder and when fired covered a distance of about 35kms.

Well, now it looks better as a display piece.

Jaivana Cannon Jaigarh Fort
Cannon shed Jaigarh Fort
Writing about my journey through Rajasthan in bits and pieces was like traveling again, reliving those experiences again.

Open: All days from 9AM to 5PM.

Admission: Entry fee is Rs.15 for Indians, Camera and video charges separate.

 

Dragons
Visit to Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

66 Responses to “Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan

  • I have enjoyed your posts about your world. Thank you for giving us a free tour. Looking forward to your next series.

  • I have really enjoyed this tour series os Rajasthan. This fort has a more serious look. The tanks are great. Too bad no treasure found. Your captures and posts are great, very informative. I love forward to the next virtual tour. Thanks for sharing this.

  • The pictures and history are awsome. The red sandstone buildings are so impressive and beautful. The canon is huge and I guess the rulers made sure that the enemy new about that weapon! As they did not even have to use it. Your land, a land of more than a thousand wonders. I am looking forward to the next trip!

  • Marvelous photos and commentary! I always feel as though I learn so many interesting things about your country from you posts! I love it!

    Thanks as always, Indrani, for sharing your world!

  • Very interesting fort, both photographically and historically. Thanks for the tour.

  • Your posts were wonderful, one and all. As always, I’m looking forward to the next. πŸ™‚

  • Wow I would love to tour that fort. Excellent photos and thanks for sharing.

    Have a great week
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

  • Loved the light and shadows in the first three photographs!!
    Although I remember only vaguely, these pictures were a pleasure to see ….I have once lived in the city and accompanied my parents when we took all visitors around the forts and palaces πŸ™‚

  • Governments can be as silly as the villens of fairy tales, emptying the treasure to ind it? Surely the water was the legendary treasure!

  • Lovely dusky pinks and shadows in those shots..

  • Wow fantastic. Are the tanks still in use today? It is nice to learn history from bloggers. Looking forward to your virtual tour.

  • I’m so glad you took us on this interesting journey with you and I’ll look forward to the next journey you share. Always such interesting posts and photographs which you share.

  • More and more I want to visit India. Love your posts.

    My entry is here:

    http://www.ewok1993.wordpress.com

  • thank you so much for the lovely tour of rajasthan! it ahs been a wonderful journey! now looking forward to touring south india through your eyes!

  • If it was some adventure story then that tank or pool was filled with vicious maneating crocodiles who were guarding the treasures. Could be!

  • Another great post πŸ™‚
    Nice written about the fort,
    its always nice to reed your
    India world travels πŸ™‚
    Maybe I can see India
    once through my own eyes πŸ˜‰

  • You never cease to amaze me…This is a great blog…I’m thinking I will visit very very very soon

  • I love the ramparts of the Jaigarh fort and the view of Jaipur from the height! Thank you for reviving those memories with your post.

  • Loved it absolutely. Had no clue about this fort and soaked up all the info. Very informative and the pictures are brilliant as usual.

  • Your photos are really interesting combined with all the information – really lovely. I’m glad they fired that cannon only once – maybe it was built as a deterrent.

  • It’s so interesting to see the photo’s of your part of the world. It is so very different from where I live.

  • These pictures are terrific! Very interesting information Indrani! The pink colour for the building is so beautiful! I saw it also on the blog of another blogger from India with another building. Have a great day!

  • It’s nice coming across about Rajasthan forts here; I am little bit aware now. I hope to know more places in south India from ur future post.

    The canon seems wonderful, and couldn’t imagine firing from this.

  • Awesome history and images!

  • I loved this post and all the others about the forts…

    Great shots!

  • Lovely – I had forgotten this fort, as I had seen it long back..!!

    Have you been to Jaisalmer?The dunes are beautiful, I am sure, you would love capturing it!!

  • Such painstaking and intelligent work you do here Indrani is worth a hardbound book publication. One day, if this will come out on print please let me know. I’d love to purchase a copy for my home library.

    I always enjoy reading the many historical account you attributed to your blog theme. Kudos Indrani!

  • You did an amazing job telling this tale. The photos are wonderful and the canon is a great focal point for this piece you have posted!

  • Thank you for the tour. Great photos!

  • great post…got to know so much about Rajasthan through your blog.
    Very nice pics…that cannon looks humongous!

  • This is great. Nice that you’ve shared your tour experience and the pictures.

  • wow this place was amazing my friend
    wish to be there someday
    thanks for sharing
    have a great day and happy blogging

  • What an amazing fort! So big – love the view, the nature, the details, everything. India seems sooooo full of historical riches, I’m amazed!

  • I learn more about your country from your blog than I ever have anywhere else. Thanks.

  • A grand tour of Rajasthan, Indrani. Thank you for the wonderful pictures, historical facts and interesting trivia.

  • I love the shot with everything in shadow except the tower.

  • Jaigarh Fort is attractive indeed.
    Great pictures, Indrani.

  • Beautiful collection of travels in Rajasthan Indrani. I am gonna use this write up for my future trip there. Thanks

  • There are treasures buried here? It would be difficult to find on this huge fort. πŸ™‚

  • One more well-researched write-up accompanied by excellent photographs. Waiting for your posts on south India.

  • I am happy to travel with you anywhere…… as long as it isn't here!
    Lovely to see a different part of the world, a different culture & learn about different things.
    Liked the canon photo and looking down on the tanks.

  • It was mind blowing write up was virtually carried away with it. Keep up the good work. All the best.

  • It was mind blowing write up was virtually carried away with it. Keep up the good work. All the best.

  • Hi Indrani! So tjis was the one I missed… Great to see it here!!

    Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, now showing Kaunas. Never heard about it? πŸ˜‰ Enjoy and have a great weekend!

  • Hi Indrani !! What An Amazing Blog You Have !! The Photographs And Data Are Accurate..Great..Keep It Up…

  • That canon is to beautiful to use! What a strong fortress and wonderful pictures you were able to capture.

    BTW…next week I want to tribute you!! So can I use your profile picture or do you have any I can use??

  • Wow. To beautify tools that kill. Is that ironical?

  • Reliving my grand Rajasthan trip through your blog… πŸ™‚

  • Thanks for the canon story.

  • A thorough, yet concise post. I liked it.

    –Nimi

  • Have never been here regardless of my numerous visits to Jaipur. Seems to be a nice place to visit!

  • The cannon is so massive. Was reliving my visit through this post.

  • Yogi Saraswat
    2 years ago

    Beautiful images from Jaigarh Fort of Jaipur . Rajasthan is very rich by History and Forts.

  • The Fort seems to be a time honored historic monument.

  • And a nice set of pictures you got back from Jaigarh Fort! πŸ˜€

  • The Cannon looks awesome. Wonder if the distance of 35kms is actually true. That will mean slightly longer than the bofors gun which the Indian army put to good use in the Kargil war.

  • You get to visit them twice…And I get to visit them through you.

  • Wonderful post as always! I am planning a Jaipur trip during Mid July. I hope to do all of these πŸ™‚ Also, i love the way you have clicked the pictures!!!

  • Awesome pictures and well explained.

  • A much interesting fort, both photographically and historically. πŸ™‚

  • The canon of this fort has a reputation of its own. True, the fort is a strong military fortification that has guarded Jaipur/Amer successfully.

  • Indeed it was like travelling again through your blog. Very nice πŸ˜‰

  • Legend and rumors also have it Indira Gandhi siphoned off tonnes of royal treasures in army vehicles during emergency… thats one reason why most of the royals dont support the congress party… nice pics btw

  • Lovely shots of the photos.Nice write up.Brought back the memories.Jaivana Cannon-Truly a massive cannon.

    Cheers,
    Sriram & Krithiga

  • Amazing pictures and a great post. πŸ™‚

  • One on my favorite places in Jaipur. Great pictures. Well done πŸ™‚

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