JAIGARH FORT, JAIPUR
One of the few
ancient Indian military structures to be kept intact through
the ages, Jaigarh Fort has recently been opened to the public.
It was sealed for seven years, due to a rumour, that an enormous
treasure in gold was buried, in the fort area. The fort houses
several palaces, gardens, a granary, an armoury, temples,
and most significantly the Jai Ban, the largest antique canon,
in the country.
It is within walking distance of Amber, and offers a fantastic
panaromic view of the surrounding plains, from the Diwa Burj
There are a lot of attractions near Jaipur, and on the Jaipur
- Amber road. About 11 kilometres out of Jaipur, Amber was
once the ancient capital of Rajasthan. The Amber Fort is a
stunning piece of Rajput architecture.
The Cenotaphs of the royal family are at Gaitore, 6.5 kilometres
from Jaipur, on the road to Amber. Opposite the Cenotaphs,
is the Jal Mahal Palace, in the middle of a lake, and reached
by a causeway. Nahargarh Fort is 6.5 km away, and is floodlit
at night. Jaigarh Fort, built in 1726, is within walking distance
About 50 km north of Jaipur, is the small village of Samode.
The beautiful Samode palace, located in the village, is worth
a visit. Other places of interest to the tourist are, the
Temple of Sun God at Galta, Sisodia Rani palace and gardens,
Vidyadhar's garden, Balaji and Sanganer.
How to Get There
Air: Jaipur is connected to Delhi,
Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi
by domestic flights.
Bus: Jaipur can be accessed from
all the major places in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai
Train: The train service to Jaipur
is available from all the major parts of the country. The
train services to Jaipur are slower, because of the metre