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Built in 1734 and extended in 1868, sturdy Nahargarh overlooks the city from a sheer ridge to the north. An 8km-long road runs up through the hills from Jaipur, or the fort can be reached along a zigzagging 2km-long footpath, which starts northwest of the Old City. The views are glorious – it’s a great sunset spot, and there’s a restaurant that’s perfect for a beer. The story goes that the fort was named after Nahar Singh, a dead prince whose restless spirit was disrupting construction. Whatever was built in the day crumbled in the night. He agreed to leave on condition that the fort was named for him.

The fort was built in 1734 by Jai Singh to increase the Amber defences, and was adapted in 1868 to its present form by Maharaja Ram Singh, to house the maharaja’s numerous wives. You can visit the Madhavendra Bhawan , which has the nine apartments of Maharaja Ram Singh’s nine other halves, with a separate suite for the king himself. There are bathrooms, toilets, boudoirs and kitchens.

Doors and windows had coloured panes, of which a few remain. Some of the boudoirs retain Belgian mirrors, and all are decorated with floral and bird motifs.

The rooms are linked by a maze of corridors – used so that the king could visit any queen without the others’ knowledge.

You can even stay at the fort.