Legends, stories, myths- these have always intrigued us to the zenith of excitement. There is a saying about myths; “sometimes they are true”.And if the myths relate to spirits or paranormal activities, chills do come racing down the spine, don’t they? We have no intention to scare you whatsoever, but what if the place itself conspires to freak you out? Let us strengthen our senses to be prepared for the unexpected.
Nahargarh fort- the story starts with a myth, which might be true. The name traces back its origin to a popular belief, that the fort was named after Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose exasperated spirit haunted the place, posing a barrier to its construction. Some brave hearts gathered their guts and built a temple inside the fort to liberate the wandering spirit from a cursed existence.
Neglecting the dimension of horror which the fort presents, the Nahargarh Fort splices a nexus with fascinating events in Indian History. Built in 1734 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II on the edge of the Aravalli Ranges, the fort served its purpose as a place of retreat. The fort was never prone to any invasion during its regime but, it was a destination where some of the important treaties in Indian history were brought up and discussed upon. The fort was a refuge for the British resident’s wife, who was granted protection by the then king of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh, during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
The virile fort was also used as a hunting reserve by the Maharajas. It came to serve Indian government’s purpose too, from where gun fire would suffice for time signal in order to study solar time reading from the Jantar Mantar observatory.
If you are an avid Bollywood movie fan, you are sure to notice that some of the scenes of the movie ‘Rang De Basanti’ have been shot in the Nahargarh Fort. Its majestic beauty inspires many to encapsulate their treasured moments or fulfill their deepest desires in the vicinity of the Nahargarh Fort.
Such a blend of romanticism ,grandeur,mystery and history is rare and Nahargarh stands as an emblem of such mystified rarity.
When to visit : Nahargarh Fort
Best time to visit: August - February
Opening hours:10:00 AM - 5:30 PM