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Jaigarh

Jaigarh

Jaigarh

One of the three forts which have stood sentinel over  the city of Amber & Jaipur ,  Jaigarh has been standing proud since the 11th century when Kakil Deo laid its foundation. The fort has been added to and brought to its present state over the years by the successive Kachawaha rulers of Amber and Jaipur. Jaigarh is built atop the aravali hills at a height of 602 meters above sea level.From North to South it stretches for 3 km while it  has a width of about 1 km. To guard this vast region from intruders there used to be  27 maned check posts. Jaigarh is 15 km from Jaipur thru the Doongar Gate and only 1.5 km from Amber thru the Awani Gate which connects the Amber fort with Jaigarh by a steep road paved with stones. One more Gate known as the Sagari Gate is, now a days, used only on the day following Deepawali when anakoot is celebrated here and on the eve of Bhairav Asthmi.

The Fort had an elaborate Palace Complex, the Lalit Mandir, for the summer retreat of the Maharajas and Subhat Niwas where he addressed the soldiers and Khilbati Niwas where he met with the generals and Lakshmi Vilas the royal drawing room and the puppet show room and 2  Dining halls and kitchen and Garden  and garden house known as Aram Mandir and ladies Quarters known as  Vilas Mandir and Surya Mandir was used for the Gun foundry. There was even a small castle inside the Fort which was used as the armoury  of Jaigarh. Two temples dedicated to Ram Harihar and Kal Bhairava are in  the Jaigarh where most hindu festivals are celebrated.

Jaigarh

Jaigarh

The rulers of Jaigarh took  great effort to harvest water for the people of the fort.They had five big tanks where rain water  was stored  after being lifted from the Sagar lake. For 4 kms around the Fort they had pucca canals made which brought the water of first couple of rains from the catchment areas  to one of the tanks for the use of the horses etc. Some of these tanks are in use even today by the staff running the fort for their drinking water supply.

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Pushkar Fair

Pushkar Fair begins every year in the month of Kartika ( Oct-Nov) on ‘asthmi’ and continues till karthik poornima( full moon).During the fair about 2 lac people visit Pushkar from all over the world and India to buy and sell cattle & camels,have a holy dip in the pushkar Sarovar or to sight see.

Pushkarraj Maharaj is one of the most sacred and revered religious sites of India. According to Padam Puran the Sarovar was created by Brahma by combining the holy waters from badrinath,rameshwaram,jagannath and dwarka.Pushkar is the site where Brahma dropped the lotus he held in his hand when he was looking for a site to perform a yagna.He married a local-Gayatri-to start the yagna at the auspicious moment.When his wife -savitri-found out what had happened she cursed Brahma that henceforth he would be worshiped in Pushkar only.And her words came true.In 1791 thakur of Khimsar built a chatri in the center of the lake to mark the spot of the yagna.There are 52 ghats around the sarovar-all built about 300 years ago-with lot of small temples and surrounded by lot of white lime washed buildings.Gau ghat,Brahma ghat and Varaha Ghat are some of the main ones.Next to the ghats is the sadar bazaar extending till the brahma temple.Other temples of interest are Varaha Temple,Apteshwar Temple,Savitri Temple,Mahadev Temple and Rangi Temple.

Roses are cultivated here so look to buy gulkand(made from rose petals and sugar-used in sweet Paans),rose water,rose sherbet and gulkand thandai.

Pushkar is at the foot of the Nag Pahar or snake mountain and surrounded on three sides by Aravali Hills towards north side are some sand dunes.11 kms away Ajmer is the nearest railway station(about 15 min drive away). 154km away Jaipur is the nearest Airport(a little more than 2 hrs away by car) on N.H. 8.

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