Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur

Along with palaces, and other attractions we set our eyes on exploring the most important tourist attractions of the city i.e., the forts. The second fort in Jaipur we followed after the Nahargarh Fort is Jaigarh Fort.

This fort is very rugged in structure and is of very less artistic importance. It has huge fort walls, watch towers, palaces and temples. The palace is now converted into museum. This was built in 1726 by Sawai Jai Singh. This fort is also known as Fort of Victory. It was built mainly to safeguard Amber Fort from the enemy attacks which is more of artistic in nature. The fort is perched on a cliff and the walkways inside the fort provide the breathtaking views of the surroundings.

The World's largest cannon on wheel, Jaiban, is to be found here. There is a huge water pit close to the cannon at a lower level. It is believed that the sound generated by firing this cannon was so huge that people close by can become deaf. After firing from this cannon the person has to jump in the water pit to save himself.

View of cannon Jaiban kept under shade and covered by fence

Also of interest is the intricate water supply and storage system, which is considered a marvel of planning.


Next we will explore the Amber Fort.


P.S: December is the month when lot of tourists land in Rajasthan. So if you really want all the arrangements to be done properly this has to be done before October end.

78 comments:

GMG said...

Hi Rajesh! This is the one I haven't visited while in Jaipur; thanks for the tour...

Meanwhile, Blogtrotter (not me, I’m stuck here ;)) is profiting from the holidays in Lisbon this week and has a tour of Lake Galve, one of the beautiful lakes near Trakai, to show you! Hope you enjoy and have a great week!

Prospero said...

I would very much like to travel to India some day. Thank you for the tour of this region. I would also be interested in that water supply system. Water is such a precious commodity. I just saw David Lean's Passage to India the other day. Though I wasn't fond of the movie itself - I certainly fell in love with India.

Fish Whisperer said...

This is a great blog. It is like traveling in India. Well done and thanks for the visit.
Cheers

Kirigalpoththa said...

love to visit these places oneday!

Julie said...

I have been looking at your photo's and they are beautiful.

fufu said...

water supply and storage system was a marvel of planning =p wonder how the people had such ideas long long time ago!! they were great!!

Elisabeth's bright side said...

A hugh fort and a marvellous view. I couldn't see the waterpit, but I hope they are not using the cannon either :) Thanks for stopping by with nice comments!

Pradip Biswas said...

Our guide did not take us there and we missed it. After reading this post I feel like visiting it.

Arija said...

Another wonderful post of your beautiful country.

siva // ശിവ said...

Thank you for this post, I will visit there soon in a month...

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Laurent said...

I did visit it when I was in India.
Thanks for showing us pictures of your beautiful country.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

It Is Absolutely True !! I Am Always Proud Of Rajasthan And Thanks For Showing It !! Great One..Also I Have Started My Own Website And Would Like You To Have A Look At It.I Would Love To Have Your Comments On That Also.Unseen Rajasthan

Regina said...

Nice fortress. Thanks for another tour on the side of the world

Sucharita Sarkar said...

Another nice post. I found the information about Jaiban, the largest cannon wheels to be fascinating.

The previous post about Moti talao was great too.

I am following your wonderful blog.

Baron's Life said...

Thanks for the tour and the story and the history and for sharing so nicely...well done

Rajesh said...

GMG: Thank you. It is a nice fort for sight seeing. Enjoyed snaps of Lake Galve at blogtrotter.

Fish Whisperer: Thanks for the appreciation.

Prospero: Thank you. Water being scare in this part, they had system to store and reuse of water over the period.

Julie: Thanks for the appreciation.

Kirgalpoththa: Thanks and you are welcome.

fufu: Yes, lot of ideas that were not welcome then, the people are realizing benefits of those ideas now.

Arija: Thanks for the appreciation.

Elisabeth: I had not taken the snap of water pit. Rest assured, ten cannon is not in use anymore.

Regina: Thanks for the appreciation.

Pradip: It is a nice place to visit and gives excellent view of surroundings.

Siva: Thanks, it is a nice place to visit.

Laurent: Thanks for the appreciation.

Unseen: I will surely check this out.

Sucharita: Thanks for the appreciation.

Baron: Thanks for the appreciation.

Phivos Nicolaides said...

This is an amazing place and I feel so lucky to have visited last year!

James said...

That looks like an amazing place. I enjoyed your pictures and description.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoy learning more about India from blogs like yours. You have a beautiful and interesting country. so full of history!

Pietro said...

Rajesh, your country is really wonderful!
Thanks for sharing these charming and interesting images.

Reader Wil said...

Very, very impressive! Thanks for this post!

Olivier said...

je découvre des paysages de rêve.
I discover landscapes of dream.

Titania said...

One can just be awed by the work and thought that has gone into these fortifications. India has such a rich history, it is great to see some through your great blog.

Kcalpesh said...

Hey Nice Photos! I'd certainly want to visit this "Fort of Victory" some day. Thanks for sharing all these wonderful photos and also for your comments on my blog!!

Laurie said...

What a great collection. It must be such a fascinating and wonderful place with so much rich and interesting history.

Delwyn said...

Hello Rajesh

What an incredible fort. It is amazing to think of the engineering that was accomplished hundreds of years ago.

Happy days

George said...

Thanks for taking us to this fort. The cannon looks huge, and as you said, the view from the fort is spectacular.

Diane said...

I loved viewing these photos and learning some history too. thanks

Carver said...

This was an interesting post and good photography.

Jacob said...

This is most impressive! Reminds me of an old castle I saw once in Morocco...

Thanks, too, for your commentary which helps put everything into perspective...

Debra Trean said...

Beautiful details and so much history I totally enjoy strolling through your photos and stories behind.

KRIS JASPER said...

Those were beautiful fotos. I thought they were postcards.

SandyCarlson said...

I say it over and over when I am here: get me there!

Rajesh said...

Phivos: Thank you and good to know you have already seen it.

James: Thanks for the appreciation.

Oliver: Thanks, it is a place with lot of beautiful views.

Pat: Thanks for the appreciation.

Titania: Thank you. It is amazing hard work and great planning.

Pietro: Thanks for the appreciation.

Laurie: Thanks, it is a wonderfil place with full of history.

Wil: Thanks for the appreciation.

Delwyn: Thanks you and very true.

Kcalpesh: Thanks for the appreciation.

George: Thanks, cannon is the biggest.

Diane: Thanks for the appreciation.

Carver: Thanks for the appreciation.

Jacob: Thanks, I would love to see the old castle oF Morocco.

Debra: Thanks for the appreciation.

Sandy: You are most welcome.

Kris: Thanks for the appreciation.

lynn'sgarden said...

Rajesh, little ol' me from NJ has actually been here, Jaipur, the pink city! I visited India 18 yrs. ago for a wedding and then spent 10 days touring with a guide..what wonderful memories you brought back for me :)
Lynn

Glennis said...

I am pretty sure I visited this fort when in Jaipur so long ago, it was most impressive.

Straight to Your Hart said...

Thank you for coming by and commenting on my blog..very sweet.

That cannon is amazing...quite the advanced "technology" back in that time!

Pam said...

Your photos of India are wonderful, thanks for the journey...

Aparna said...

Jaipur is a photographer's paradise. Apart from the places you mentioned i also remember the lakshmi narayan temple. The white marble was breath taking.

John Theberge said...

Very intersting post, especially the story about the huge cannon.

Grace and Bradley said...

It is always a joy to read your blog, to learn a little bit more of India. This fort is impressive, have it seen many wars?

Frank said...

Grand forts in an amzing country. Thanks for sharing your culture and long, rich history with us.

Robin said...

All that red stone makes for very striking cities, and all the more impressive for a fort.

Vicki ~ FL said...

This definitely like traveling to India ~ very informative and nice shots.

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Rajesh:)

Very interesting and informative post. I admire your interest in visiting so many place of interest in India and sharing them with us.

The photos are excellent and your description of the forts and the cannon was very interesting.

Have a wonderful day Rajesh:)
Joseph

Oz Girl said...

What an amazing fort, and even more amazing, built in 1726! I am always awestruck by such old historic buildings. Wonderful post.

Denise said...

Wonderful images, and so much history that I enjoyed reading. Thank you and thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Have a great weekend

Indrani said...

Great post!

The Antiques Diva™ said...

Hi! I just "discovered" you and your site through a comment you left on my guest post on Italy over at Phivos' site and wanted to pop over to say Hello and pour through your site "getting to know you"!
Cheers,
Toma

Rajesh said...

Lynn: Thank you, it is good to know you have already been here.

Pam: Thanks for the appreciation.

Glennis: Thanks, nice to know you have seen this.

Straight to yout hear: Thanks for the appreciation.

Aparna: True it is a photographers paradise. I missed this temple.

John: Thanks for the appreciation.

Grace & Bradley: Thanks. Sorry I am not sure of how many wars it has seen.

Frank: Thank you.

Robin: Thanks for the appreciation.

Vicki: Thank you.

Joseph: Thanks for the appreciation.

Oz Girl: Thanks, it is a nice place, there are many more old structures around.

Denise: Thanks for the appreciation.

Indrani: Thank you.

BeachILike said...

You got lot of fan :) Your photo is amazing too.

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SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Hello Rajesh. What and interesting information on the canon. Lovely pictures of this fort.

Ebie said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful part of the world. Great post!

GMG said...

Hi Rajesh! After Amber and Nahargarh I actually didn't make this one; but I'm optimist; so, there will be another tme... ;))

Meanwhile Blogtrotter has a nice lunch location for you. Enjoy and have a great weekend! I’m having the benefit of the holidays in Portugal this week... ;))

koand said...

Witam , ciekawe zdjęcia , fort robi niesamowite wrażenie, pozdrawiam :)

JM said...

Have you seen many green parrots? I remember this fort so well!

Walter Neiger said...

great post of your beautiful country.

Sarah said...

What an amazing fort! It is so impressive on top of the hill and I love the colour of the stone.
Thanks for your visits Rajesh!

humanobserver said...

amazing images. Thanks for sharing with us :)

The Things We Carried said...

I simply MUST get there one day. The beauty is startling.

Rajesh said...

BeachLike: Thanks for appreciation.

Sarah: Thank You. It is a hill fort with great view.

Joan: Thanks for appreciation.

Ebie: Thank You.

Walter: Thanks for appreciation.

GMG: This is a nice fort. I will post on Amber soon.

Konad: Thank you.

JM: Yes, they were around there.

Things we carried: Thank you. You are welcome to the place.

Deepak: Thank you.

Diane C. said...

Fascinating post. Interesting about the water pit by the cannon for ear protection. I love the pattern on the fence by the cannon. Have a great day!

Ilan said...

Ah... Stunning places. Fun to watch!

Rajesh said...

Diane: Thanks for the appreciation. The water pit must have been created after much thought about safety.

Ilan: Thank you.

Vaggelis said...

very interesting place with lot of info and history lesson. thank you for your vote too.

magiceye said...

the bit about the guy who fires the big cannon jumping into the pond is intriguing!

sujata said...

I always marvel at the water storage systems and the way the interiors of the forts and the royal chambers remain so cool inspite of the dazzling heat outside, Really an architectural marvel. Again a brilliant post.

Anya said...

Fantastic post :)
Amazing buildings,
wonderful shots.....
I must once visit India,
I will........... LOL

joshi daniel said...

excellent! looking forward to seeing more!

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Rajesh said...

Toma (Diva): Thanks, looking forward to your more frequents visits to my blog.

Vaggelis: Thanks for appreciation.

magiceye: It is a mystery to me also. May be being under water protects one from the high noise.

Anya: Thanks for appreciation.

Sujata: Thanks, It is a marvel of the architecture in the olden days. Today we use AC and what not.

Joshi: Thanks for appreciation.

Hazel said...

hmmmm ... I'd love to view such architectural might and beauty on that walkway. I'll wear my sun hat :-) So that's the purpose for the water pit. Makes sense.

Hello again Rajesh, I mentioned Namaste on my Thursday Thirteen post (the link from my name will lead you to this post), and someone posed a question about namaste. Since you are in India, I was wondering if you could say something about namaste to answer Alice Audrey's question: "Does the boss do namaste chest high to employees?" I am no expert on the greeting as I merely presented it on the post. I will appreciate it if you could respond to the question for me. Thank you very much.

Rajesh said...

Haze: Thanks, I am glad you liked the architecture.

"Namaste" is nothing but a Greetings. It is like saying "Hello" to a person whom you know. I hope that answers your question.

Barbara Martin said...

Another nice post with photos and history. I'm slowly learning about your country, Rajesh. I have always loved the Indian elephants with their ceremonial costumes.

Rajesh said...

Barbara: Thanks for the appreciation. Elephant ride here is fun.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

I have been to this place; it's very nice with the biggest cannon!

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Rajesh said...

Bhavesh: Thanks. Yes it is a nice place.