Did you know that some scenes from the cult Bollywood blockbusters such as Rang de Basanti & Shuddh Desi Romance were filmed in Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort? Are you aware of the fact that until 1944, the Rajasthan government used a gun fired from Nahargarh Fort as a signal to measure the solar time at the Jantar Mantar Observatory for its official purposes? There’s much more secret information that this fort conceals. Let us find out the trivia surrounding this fort that makes it unique.
Sitting atop the oldest fold mountain range of India, the Aravallis, Nahargarh Fort overlooks the pink city. It was constructed in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur, as his summer retreat. This was also the place where the Maharaja retired after an invigorating day of hunting in the dense forests in the periphery of Nahargarh Fort. Nahargarh Fort, along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort served to protect the city from outside enemy intrusions. Albeit the fort was never attacked, it was at the threshold of quite a few significant historical events. One such event was the uprising of 1857, which is often seen as India’s first attempt at attaining Independence. Sawai Ram Singh,the then king of Jaipur, chose to side with the imperial powers and extended them protection from the rebels by offering the British Resident’s wife the opportunity to stay within the guarded walls of the fort.
Originally named Sudarshangarh, the fort was later rechristened as Nahargarh, which connotes ‘abode of tigers’. An interesting question that arises is how Sudarshangarh became Nahargarh and what exactly the story behind it is. Legend has it that ‘Nahar’ in Nahargarh is devoted to the ghost of Nahar Singh Bhomia who is believed to have haunted the palace and caused hindrances in its construction. A large scale prayer was conducted and a temple was made in his memory to pacify the spirit of Nahar. This is how the fort acquired its current name.
Once you visit this fascinating palace, you can head to Regenta Central, Jalmahal, which is the perfect getaway after a long day of sightseeing. Relax in its well-appointed rooms, which are equipped with some of the most modern facilities to make your stay comfortable and enjoy delicacies from its rooftop restaurant.
Another great option to stay is Hotel Royal Orchid, Jaipur, which boasts of 139 spacious rooms and a roof-top swimming pool where you can sit and chill with your friends while you splurge on Tandoori kebabs or other snacks flowing from its multi-cuisine Salsa bar.
Not just this, there is also an option of staying in any of these two hotels too- Hotel Royal Orchid Central, Jaipur, and Regenta Central, Jaipur that are well-known for their optimum comfort and luxury accommodation. So, the next time you’re in Jaipur, you can choose from any of the above mentioned options.