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. 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.
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.
Open: All days from 9AM to 5PM.
Admission: Entry fee is Rs.15 for Indians, Camera and video charges separate.