Jaigarh Fort’s new attractions: royal guard gallery, heritage walk

Updated - May 18, 2016 10:47 am IST

Published - February 25, 2014 02:53 am IST - JAIPUR

Visitors at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur. (File photo)

Visitors at the Jaigarh Fort in Jaipur. (File photo)

A “water heritage walk” and a new gallery on royal guards inaugurated in the historic 16th Century Jaigarh Fort, near here, will showcase the military and diplomatic careers as well as the magnificent fort architecture of the erstwhile Kachwaha Rajput rulers of Jaipur. Tourists visiting the fort are set to get detailed information through the new initiatives.

Largest cannon

The royal guard gallery launched on Sunday at Jaigarh — which also has the world’s largest cannon as its main attraction — highlights the life and times of the last two rulers of Jaipur, Sawai Man Singh II and Sawai Bhawani Singh. It was inaugurated by J. Paul Getty Trust president and CEO James Cuno along with Diya Kumari of the erstwhile royal family.

Ms. Diya Kumari, daughter of Sawai Bhawani Singh and trustee of Jaigarh Public Charitable Trust, pointed out that the Jaigarh fort had played an important role in war times. “The military and diplomatic careers of the last two Maharajas of Jaipur are well known. The gallery will do justice in highlighting their illustrious times.”

The water heritage walk, also organised on Sunday, underscored the significance of the catchment area for the fort and threw light on an elaborate network of drains, canals and their arteries in and outside the fort extending to about 4 km.

The participants were informed that the small canals bringing rain waters from the higher reaches of the Aravalli hills were designed in such a way that they were on a gradient and, at the same time, had an undulating course.

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