The Nahargarh fort looks modernized and most relaxing palace than any other palace in Jaipur, because it has constructed especially with the theme of relaxation and amusement. Since Sawai Jai Singh and his descendants, this fort had gone through too many renovations though a tale suggests that renovation works used to get intervened by the spirit of Nahar Singh Bohemia and hence, the then Maharaja Madho Singh, has planned construction of the temple for him as a token of appreciation. And that's how Madho Singh had laid the foundation to construct the Madhavendra Palace in the huge premises of Nahargarh Fort for his wives, queens, and concubines.
Later in the early 19th century, the government of Rajasthan has taken the Fort and the Palace into their custody after the reign of the Rajputs got vanished by the British. After many years, the government of Rajasthan has collaborated with Saat Saath Arts company to exhibit the works of Indian and International arts. These arts aren't permanent. They keep on changing the works of artists inside the rooms of the Palace.
The rooms of the Palace are cozy and interconnected. The art and architecture that involve in this construction blow a person's mind because of its brilliant work. The connecting corridors and the interconnecting rooms which are heavily lit, ventilated, painted, decorated and crafted with Mughal inspired Rajput art. Every room in this palace looks similar in structure, but varies in sizes and the interiors inside them.
Every room is painted yellow as basic but the walls and pillars are crafted and painted with floral works and geometrical works. Each room consists of the colored mirrors as decorative ventilation glasses, small spaces that are already constructed with walls as racks, wooden doors, brass holders, high crafted ceilings, marble flooring, and designed walls. Altogether, every room is a work of art.
As the rooms are spacious and not much in use by the current descendants of Rajputs and people just used to visit them and go, the government of Rajasthan takes initiation to exhibit arts and sculptures in most of the rooms in the Palace. Hence, they started exhibiting arts since 2017. It was kind of a good initiation where tourists used to enjoy the artworks of Indian and International artists whole over the world. Especially, the ratio of art lovers visit has been increased since then.
Being an art lover and a self-made artist, I loved the idea and all the arts that were exhibited in those rooms. Those arts keep on changing from time to time. Hence, if you visit, there is no assurance of visiting the same arts that people who have witnessed earlier. So, don't go with the mind of visiting a particular art. Be flexible and appreciate various kinds of arts.
But some rooms exhibit the cots, chairs, swings, and materials used by the royal Rajput Kings and Queens during their reign. You can also see the coins which were in use, the writing materials and all the vintage regal material inside some racks of the rooms which are securely protected with glass. You can try sitting in chairs or furniture which are exhibited in those rooms. This art exhibition is feasible. You can click the pictures and spend some time reading about the art and artist, or sculpture and sculptor.
When I have visited the palace, I got welcomes by the red sculpted rocks arranged in a serpentine form as a sculptural work right in the middle of the huge corridor between either side of the palace floors. And after I stepped inside the rooms, I have seen the furniture used by the royals and then I have stepped in various other rooms where the arts and crafts of Indian and International artists were exhibited.
I have seen the art forms of Manisha Parekh, Mark Prime, LN Tallur, Mahbabur Rahman and many others. These are famous and popular Indian and International artists who have exhibited their sculpting works which gives an idea of modernity, geometry, space, future, ancient, and many more interesting concepts. I think I have visited most of them and I'm sure I would have missed a few because I got confused with the structure of rooms, corridors, passages, entrances, and exits of this cleverly constructed complex structure Palace.
This is truly a nice initiation indeed because a visitor can never feel bored because of the availability of too many options to explore. Palaces and Forts are mostly about their regal and heavy constructions, but when everything looks pale or vacant, tourists may feel bored or uninteresting. Though the Nahargarh fort is huge with its premises, the inner courtyards and rooms of the Madhavendra Bhawan attract tourists and their curiosity about exploring the place. Fortunately, this place has got every single interesting aspect.
Nahargarh Fort is the most happening place in Jaipur indeed. You can never run out of options to explore. You can enjoy alone and also with a group of people too. You can witness the ancient constructions like Stepwell and Temple, the modern additions like the wax museum and Sheesh Mahal, the huge premises of fort and the heavy fort walls and fort passages, the viewpoints from which the whole pink city can be seen clearly, the palace which includes beautiful rooms and gorgeous interiors, the restaurant on the top floor of the palace makes you taste delicious Rajasthani Thali and if you feel tired, the green iron benches welcome you to relax for a while and get entertained with the notorious activities of monkeys in and around the fort. Altogether, the Nahargarh fort is unmissable!