The Kachchawahas ruled drom Amber, 11-km from Jaipur, for seven centuries.
With a history so old, it is not unexpected that there is a lot of the past
that can be traced in its archaeological history. While many of the very
early structures have either disappeared or been ruined, those dating from
the 16th century on are in a remarkable state of preservation.
Probably the most exclusive of heritage hotels, since it has only one room,
and a popular restaurant, to offer, Naharganh Fort was built by Jai Singh at
the same time as the building of the city of Jaipur. Subsequently, Ram Singh
and Madho Singh added to it, and it became one of the favourite retreats of
the Royal Zenana. Located
on the rugged Aravali Hills, Nahargarh means "the Abode of the Tigers"
was built by Jai Singh to bolster the defense of Amer.
The fort has uniquely
a cluster of 12 suits for queens and at the head is a suit for the Jai Singh
himself. According to a legend it was named Nahargarh after Nahar Singh, a
prince whose spirit would destroy the construction and not allow it progress
further. So by a Tantric prayer the spirit agreed to leave on condition that
the fort is named after him. The fort overlooks the presents a glittering
view of the city lights. It was used by members of the royal family for
excursion in summers and is now even a favored picnic spot.