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Nahargarh roughly means “Home of Lions”, and this fort is a part of the trio along with Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort. Like the others, this one too has its share of myths and theories, for example, it is believed that the fort got its name from the fact that during its construction, a prince named Nahar Singh haunted the construction site. But other than that, Nahargarh has a history that ranges from the Rajput to the British era. Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II had ordered for the construction of the fort somewhere in 1734 A.D. and subsequently got it extended to accommodate rooms for each of the king’s several wives. The main palace; the Madhavendra Bhawan, flaunts some delicately designed frescoes and paintings on the walls for which vegetable dye was put to use. Today most of the fort is undergoing restoration work, but one can still come up here for a glimpse of the breathtaking views of the “Pink City” below.
Checking out a little bit of wildlife after a day's tour of ancient forts and concrete structures is definitely a welcoming respite. Jaipur Zoo attracts animal lovers and nature enthusiasts to its well-maintained enclosure housing diverse species of wildlife. There are about 38 different species including 793 animals and birds. Besides showcasing extensive facts and trivia about wildlife, the zoo authorities also try to improve visitor's attitude towards animals by displaying thoughtful quotes related to the same. Interesting and educational for children as well as adults, the zoo is a must-visit on your trip to Jaipur.
If at all there was a ‘Jewel in the crown’ contest, as far as Jaipur is concerned, the Albert Hall would run away with all the honors. This hall still manifests British influences in terms of architecture, which incidentally, is a rare occurrence in a city replete with Rajputana designs. Built-in the late nineteenth century to welcome the erstwhile Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, it was actually envisaged as a town hall but was converted into a museum by Maharaja Sawai Madho Singh II. Today, however, one can be audience to a mixed bag of exhibits that range from pottery, sculptures, musical instruments, weapons and scriptures. Look out for the Egyptian mummy that is on display on the ground floor. Not only the exhibitions but even the paintings adorning the walls of the entrance, the miniature fountain in the main veranda and the delicate marble work, speak of class and elegance that by far remains unmatched for its old-world elegance. With so much of history behind each carefully picked exhibit, it is best advised to get a guide to take you around, or perhaps opt for an audio guide that is available at the ticket counter in more than five different languages.
Situated in close proximity to the Man Sagar Lake, Gaitor is a the resting place of the royalty that once ruled Jaipur, but have now moved on to the afterlife. The Egyptian pharaohs built mammoth pyramids to preserve their mortal remains, which now stand as an eternal reminder of the powerful rulers that reigned there. Similarly, the Gaitor stands as cremation ground for all of Jaipur's royalty, barring Maharaja Sawai Ishwari Singh the Second. It holds numerous intricately carved marble cenotaphs, each unique in design, which narrates the story of the life of the king it belongs to.
WAVS at the Maharani Palace hotel is one of the city's top nightlife destinations. Though small, accommodating up to 110 people, the club is well equipped with state-of-the-art sound systems that ensure the party keeps on going. With comfortable private areas, a happening dance floor and a great drinks menu, this Sindhi Camp club is a great place to blow off some steam with friends when visiting the Pink City. The chic décor, delicious eats, and bass-thumping beats combine to make an evening at WAVS one to remember. The theme is usually Bollywood so go ahead and bring your best bhangra moves to this party.
Thakur Dushyant Singh and Thakurani Usha Singh, heirs to the Naila family, share a common and undying passion for art. These Fine Arts graduates from the prominent MS University of Baroda are well-established artists and channelize their ideas towards promoting art on a broader platform. Their efforts are reflected in the Naila Art Gallery situated in the mystic ambiance surrounding the Naila Bagh Palace. Showcased along with their own artworks, are masterpieces and frameworks by known artists and upcoming talents. The displayed collection features fine art, abstract and contemporary art. This gallery welcomes in-house guests as well as visitors. Needless to say, this is a veritable haven for art lovers!