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Jaigarh Fort

Jaigarh FortLocation : 15 Kms from Jaipur
Built in : Between 15th and the 18th century
Highlights : The world's largest cannon on wheels
Perfect Time to Visit : October to March

The Jaigarh Fort is located at a distance of 15 kilometers from Jaipur and is one of the three hill top fort that overlooks Jaipur. Situated 400 feet above the Amber Fort, it was built for defense of Amer and hence has military structure that can be comprehended by its citadel kind of architectural style. The Jaigarh Fort is perched on top of a hill while the Amber Fort is on the foot hill. It is believed that both the forts are connected through a well guarded passage. Known as the Fort of Victory, it is a massive fort that has bravely faced the tempests of time. The Jaigarh fort was built between the 15th and 18th Century and is well maintained and preserved till date.
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Though a simple construct, one can find a well planned cannon foundry, temples, a granary, a tall tower within the fort complex. Built on a height, the magnificent view of the city from this fort is also something to look forward to. Its main entrance is called Dungar Darwaza, which is a magnificent structure, allures everyone. The main attraction of this fort is the Jaivan. It is said to be the biggest cannon on wheels in the world. Though, never used in any war, its trial test resulted in a lake and destruction of few small villages. The Fort also has a museum, which has a collection of ancient coins, puppets and photographs, arms and ammunitions like swords, muskets, canons, shields and guns of the rulers of Rajasthan. The fort also holds a huge collection of ancient coins and puppets as is used as a treasury by the royal house of Jaipur.

With an underground water tank, with a capacity of 60,00,000 gallons of water, the fort also has provision for rainwater harvesting, with many channels dug all around the fort that lead to the underground water tank. The fort has a meeting Hall of Warriors or Shubhat Niwas, where huge drums that were used for some important announcement can be seen.

How to Reach
Just 15 Kms from Jaipur, Jaigarh Fort can be easily reached through different transportation means such as:

Air : The nearest airport is in the city of Jaipur.
Rail : Well connected with places like Delhi, Agra, Udaipur etc., through Indian railways network.
Road : You can reach Amber Fort either by taking local buses from the city or by hiring Taxis.

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