The Jaigarh fort is the most spectacular of the three-hilltop forts that
overlook Jaipur. In Mughal times, the Jaipur region was a major
weapon-producing centre for the Mughal and Rajput rulers, several of
which are on display in the fort's museum.
It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved
almost intact, containing palaces, a granary, a well-planned cannon
foundry, several temples, a tall tower and a giant mounted
cannon-the Jai Ban (Jaivan) which is the largest cannon in the
world. Jaigarh Fort is also known as the fort of victory.
display includes a collection of canons, many of which are
exquisitely decorated and were used in the Mughal campaigns led by
the Rajput King, Raja Man Singh. Jaigarh means `Victory Fort' and
was built between the 15th and the 18th century, and stands 15 km
from Jaipur, amidst rock-strewn, thorn-scrub covered hills, its
forbidding stone ramparts are visible from the Jaipur town. A steep
road goes up to the main gate, the Dungar Darwaza, from where the
view is stupendous.
of the tour of Jaigarh Fort is definitely the Jaivana, which is the
world's largest cannon on wheels. It was built in Jaigarh's foundry in
the year 1720. Many say that the cannon was only used once and the ball
fell some 35kms away on a village. But that's quite doubtful, since a
closer inspection of the cannon actually revealed that it has been fired
at least a couple of times. The Fort has a lot of wide water channels,
which were a part of a rainwater harvesting system. There are 3
underground tanks at the fort, the largest one of which could store
60,00,000 gallons of water. An interesting story about this tank is
that, many believed it contained hidden treasure but unfortunately
Indian Government searched for it and did not find anything at all.
Jaigarh fort is also home to a striking museum. The museum has
an extraordinary collection of armoury used during that period. This
collection includes swords, shields, guns, muskets and cannon balls.
Some old photographs of Jaipur's rulers and military generals are also
on display in the museum. In addition, Shubhat Niwas, the meeting hall
of the warriors, acts as a storehouse of the precious items of Rajput
warriors. One can imagine Rajput warriors meeting and devising military
strategies in this hall, amidst the historical relics and weaponry
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are various other structures you can check out too, such as open halls.
The most interesting one is the Shubhat Niwas (the Meeting hall of
Warriors), which has many old things of the old times. Shopping
main bazaars are nearby except the shops selling beverages and camera
reels. For shopping Johari Bazaar, Chandpol Bazaar, Tripolia Bazaar,
Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar, Kishanpol Bazaar and Khazana Walon Ka Rasta
are the better options.
Jaigarh Fort can be reached either by
motorable road leading to Nahargarh Fort or on foot from Amber Fort.