After an amazing visit to Amber Fort Jaipur, I set off to see the next two famous forts in Jaipur – Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. While Nahargarh fort wasn’t that interesting, Jaigarh fort is quite famous for it holds the World’s largest Cannon.
Today I am going to take you to a virtual tour to see this World’s largest cannon and also what’s around this fort.
Jaigarh Fort is where the army of the kings who dwelled in Amber Fort stayed. This fort has been built so strategically that no enemy could attack and win this fort. The fort has such a nicely planned system of dealing with invaders. But this fort was never attacked even once so, you can’t really prove this thought. 😛
This photo is where you can catch the glimpse of Jaigarh fort from Amber Fort Jaipur. It is on the far left and can be reached through stairs from Amber Fort. However, that’s a difficult path so I decided to drive by car to the Jaigarh Fort.
Before going to Jaigarh Fort, I went to Nahargarh Fort which was a very boring visit. Only thing that is worth seeing over here is this view of the entire Jaipur City.
Tried to capture the City Palace situated in almost the center of Jaipur but I think I failed miserably in that. 😛
While coming back from Nahargarh Fort, I caught this view of Jal Mahal. Jal Mahal is quite a popular tourist destination but I failed to understand why anyone would want to see a place that they can’t even visit from inside. The palace is half submerged under water and is inaccessible to tourists.
And yes, this is the world’s largest cannon. It is very very powerful. It was used only once for testing purpose and the guy who operated this cannon became deaf after firing. When the cannon was built, giant elephants were used to change the direction of this cannon. But now the present day elephants are incapable of doing this job for they’re not large and healthy enough these days.
During the testing shot, the king got a big pond made so that the cannon doesn’t harm the city’s population. On the backside of this mountain, there’s that lake in which the shot fell. Can you imagine how far it was?
This is a part of Jaigarh Fort. Don’t be mistaken by the flag. It is not India’s national flag but is the flag of the present day king. Do you know the present king is 14 years old 😛 How lucky! :'(
Here is again the water harvesting system. There are actually two of these at this place. On right hand side, there’s a smaller one and on left, there is a huge storage system. It is said that during the time of emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi, she got the place dug up to find a hidden treasure by befriending the king and then when she found the treasure, she got the king imprisoned and released him only after he signed that there was no treasure found.
Now, this was a risky statement. So, here’s my disclaimer: this is what the guide told me. I don’t whether this is true or not. So, I won’t be the right person to sue for this for I am just being journalist here. Not giving my opinions on this statement just telling what I came across. Peace.
A little about Rajasthani food – if you’re thinking you can taste Rajasthani food anywhere in Jaipur, you’re so wrong. It isn’t like Punjab where you can find punjabi food in almost every market. I spent almost a day looking for authentic Rajasthani thali and Jaigarh Fort has a restaurant which offered one. So, I decided to try it.
And my mouth is watering after seeing this picture. The food was so good. There is bajre ki roti and missi roti in the plate which are two most popular breads in Rajasthani Cuisine. Then there is garlic chutney which is one of the tastiest garlic chutneys I have ever had. Then there’s biryani which is like usual. Then gatte ki sabji on the left… delicious. In middle there is dal fry which was not that amazing as rest of the food was. Then on the right, there is another yummy vegetable dish whose name I forgot 😛
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