Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur is one of the largest forts in India. Standing on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, here’s all the info for visiting.
Nahargarh Fort is located in the city of Jaipur, around 3km from other popular tourist attractions such as Hawa Mahal and the City Palace.
It is possible to walk, however it will take around 1 hour from the city centre. Plus it’s advised to save your legs for the entrance to the Fort.
The best option is to hire a taxi/tuk tuk driver and ask them to drop you at foot of the Nahargarh. Then climb up to fort via the footpath.
For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.
Foreigners: 200 Rupees
Indian Nationals: 50 Rupees
Students: 25 Rupees
There is also a Sheesh Mahal and the Jaipur Wax Museum at the entrance of Nahargarh Fort.
These cost and extra 350 Rupees to enter.
If you are planning on visiting a couple of the tourist attraction in Jaipur it’s worth purchasing the Jaipur: Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket to 8 Attractions pass.
Daily: 10:00am – 5:30pm.
There are three main seasons in Jaipur, however only one is really suitable for tourists.
Winter: October to March
Summer: April to June
Monsoon: July to September
The best time to visit Jaipur is during the winter months, from October to March.
Hopefully between these months you’ll get to experience a warm dry winter (with highs of 30°C), as apposed to an unbearably hot summer when the daytime maximum temperatures can reach in excess of 45°C, or a brief but intense monsoon season.
The best time to visit Nahargarh Fort is towards the evening. That way you’ll avoid the peak heat of the day, and you get a great view of the city as the sun goes down and the lights turn on.
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Nahargarh Fort was built in 1734 by the Hindu Rajput ruler, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
He was the founder of Jaipur, and chose to build the fort up in the Aravalli Hills to use as a retreat place and a home for his 9 wives. Each wife had a similar section of the fort.
It was originally named Sudarshangarh Fort, but was later given its new name, Nahargarh which translates to the ‘abode of tigers’.
The walls of Nahargarh Fort extended over the surrounding hills, forming connections to Jaigarh Fort, the fort above the old capital of Amber.
Nahargarh Fort, along with Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort, once formed a strong defence for the city of Jaipur.
Nahargarh Fort was never attacked, however it did witness some major historical events, like the treaties with the Maratha forces which attacked Jaipur in the 18th century.
The hike up from the foot of the hill to Nahargarh Fort itself took around 30 minutes.
Following the winding path, we were a little hot and bothered, however had heard such great things about the views from the top, and we were not disappointed!
Upon arrival at the entrance, we passed plenty of smiling locals, and a few roaming bulls. We soon realised it was a good break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Nahargarh Fort is located on the hillside, and looks out over the entire pink city of Jaipur.
The walls run for a fair distance along the outskirts and you can hear almost silence as you explore the old historic fort.
We advise you to certainly take your time, as the views from different angles at the top of Nahargarh Fort are incredible.
There are a couple of other attractions such as the Sheesh Mahal and the Jaipur Wax Museum, as well as the RTDC restaurant for those looking to enjoy food with a view.
Overall, an incredible panoramic view of the city and possibly the best place in Jaipur for sunset.
Luxury – Trident Jaipur
Luxurious 5-star accommodation and service awaits at Trident Jaipur, which boasts breathtaking views of peaceful Mansagar Lake and the Aravalli Range.
It houses a large outdoor pool with loungers, pool bar and fitness facilities.
Free WiFi is available in the rooms of the property. Spacious rooms open out to private balconies overlooking the lake or the hotel’s landscaped grounds.
In-room comforts include a flat-screen TV, a bathtub and separate shower.
Trident Jaipur offers free parking. Offering 24-hour reception, staff can provide concierge and childcare services.
Mid-Budget – Hotel Kapish Smart-All Pure Veg
Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Bani Park district of Jaipur, Hotel Kapish Smart-All Pure Veg is 1.5 miles from Sindhi Camp.
Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
There is free private parking and the property offers paid airport shuttle service.
The units in the hotel all come with a kettle. At Hotel Kapish Smart-All Pure Veg every room includes a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast.
Budget – Housetel
Housetel in Jaipur provides adults-only accommodation with a restaurant, a shared lounge and a garden.
Among the facilities at this property are a concierge service and a tour desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property.
The accommodation features evening entertainment and an ATM.
All rooms at the hostel come with a seating area. All units will provide guests with a fridge.
Guests at Housetel can enjoy a continental or a à la carte breakfast.
For more places to stay in Jaipur, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.