Jaigarh : The Invincible Fort of Amber
Forts have always had great fascination for men and rulers over the centuries. Forts in Rajasthan have been very famous for their strength and impregnability. The fort of Jaigarh near the present city of Jaipur was one of the most impregnable forts of India. Jaigarh Invincible Fort Amber
Jaigarh fort remained shrouded in mystery and almost nothing was known about it till very recently. It has till today not been covered properly in any book of Indian forts; it was never on any tourist’s itinerary because it was closed to the public. It shot into the limelight during the tumultuous days of the Emergency when the central government pressed its official machinery to discover the “untold” treasure hidden in the fort. As the last chapter of this book shows it proved to be a wild goose hunt. But in the process several interesting facets of the fort have come to light both for the serious-minded historian as also for the general reader.
Much of what is known about Jaigarh fort is based on myths and legends, on hearsay and even on plain cooked-up stories. This book is an attempt to sift fact from fiction and present the facts in a straightforward and lucid manner.
We, as authors, have been particularly lucky in getting access to some of the old and other very important documents related to the various aspects of Jaigarh fort. In addition we have also had access to the Jaigarh fort’s most inner precincts. All this has encouraged us to attempt to give an in-depth account of the fort’s history, construction, contents and present-day position.
Jaigarh Invincible Fort Amber
Jaigarh Fort is situated on the promontory called the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range; it overlooks the Amer Fort and the Maota Lake, near Amer in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The fort was built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1726 to protect the Amer Fort and its palace complex and was named after him.