During the Indian Mutiny of 1857, several Europeans were moved to Nahargarh fort by the king of Jaipur, Sawai Ram Singh, for their protection.
Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder of Jaipur.
Nahargarh Fort never came under attack during the course of its history
The fort was extended in 1868, during the reign of Sawai Ram Singh. In 1883-92, a range of palaces was built at Nahargarh by Dirgh Patel at a cost of nearly three and a half lakh rupees.
Until April 1944, the Jaipur State government used Nahargarh Fort for its official purposes solar time read from the Samrat Yantra in the Jantar Mantar Observatory, with a gun fired from Nahargarh Fort as the time signal.
Nahargarh Fort stands on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, overlooking the city of Jaipur in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort.
The scenes were shot in Nahargarh Fort by some famous Bollywood films such as Rang De Basanti and Jodhaa Akbar.
The Madhavendra Bhawan in Nahargarh Fort was built for the Royal Women, The rooms of the castle have also been linked to the corridors, this is because the King could go to any queen’s room without notifying the other queens.
There are 379 stairs inside the minaret to reach the top.
The Qutub Minar was perceived as the symbol of the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
There is a 2,000 years old iron pillar in the complex that hasn’t rusted in over two centuries.
There are more than half a dozen other minor monuments in the Qutub Minar Complex, that include mosques, tombs and pillars.
Qutub Minar is 73 metres (240 feet) tall.
The diameter of Qutub Minar is 14.32 metres at the base and 2.75 metres at the top.
Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193.
The construction of the Qutub Minar was started by Qitub-ud-Din Aibak, but he only constructed the basement. The construction of the tower was later taken over by his successor Iltutmish who constructed three more stories. The last two storeys were completed Firoz Shah Tuglak.
Qutub Minar is named after Qutb al-Din Aibak – the founder of Delhi Sultanate.
The Iron Pillar located in Delhi, India, is a 7 m column in the Qutb complex. The iron pillar has stood the test of time and resisted rust since the last 2000 years.
The Taj Mahal incorporates and expands on design traditions of Persian and earlier Mughal architecture.
The Taj Mahal was built by 22,000 labourers, painters, stonecutters, embroidery artists.
The name Taj Mahal means “crown of palaces”.
The Taj Mahal is located in Agra, a city in the Uttar Pradesh region of northern India.
Legend has it that Emperor Shah Jahan intended to build another Taj Mahal in black marble across the river but a war with his sons interrupted these plans.
The Taj Mahal was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 for being “the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage”.
Under the British control in the late 19th century, the Taj Mahal’s greenery adopted a subtler character more common to British gardens.
On the sides of the actual tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, has 99 names of Allah can be found as calligraphic inscriptions.
The Taj Mahal is actually cracking at an alarming rate due to lack of groundwater beneath the structure.
The Taj Mahal is made of white marble.
In 2008, a Bangladeshi filmmaker constructed a replica of the Taj Mahal at a cost of US $56 million dollars so that his impoverished countrymen in Bangladesh could enjoy the famous monument without travelling to India. The replication took five years to complete with modern equipment.
Cars and buses are strictly prohibited from coming within 500 meters of the Taj Mahal.
Taj Mahal is the most famous Indian landmark.
Taj Mahal was declared a winner of the New 7 Wonders of the World (2000–2007) initiative.
Taj Mahal was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned from 1628 to 1658) to house the tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal; it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself.
The full height of the Taj Mahal is 171 metres (561 feet).
Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, generally regarded as the chief architect of the Taj Mahal, was not Indian; he was a Persian from Iran.
The materials that were used to build Taj Mahal were transported to the construction site by 1,000 elephants.
Islamic tradition forbids the decoration of graves, so Shah Jahan and his wife are actually buried in a plain crypt beneath the main inner chamber of the Taj Mahal.
The Taj Mahal complex is bordered on three sides by crenellated red sandstone walls; the side facing the river is open.
Taj Mahal attracts 2-4 million visitors annually with over 200,000 from overseas.
The Taj Mahal complex includes a large garden, a reflecting pool, a mosque and other mausoleums.
British soldiers pried precious stones from the walls of the Taj Mahal during the Sepoy Rebellion in 1857.
False structures and scaffolding were constructed around the Taj Mahal throughout different conflicts to confuse German, Japanese, and Pakistani bomber pilots.
The garden uses raised pathways that divide each of the four quarters of the garden into 16 sunken parterres or flowerbeds.
Patna is the capital and largest city of the state of Bihar in India.
Patna has an area of 250 square kilometres (97 sq mi).
Patna was founded in 490 BCE by the king of Magadha. Ancient Patna, known as Patliputra, was the capital of the Magadh Empire under the Haryanka, Nanda, Mauryan, Shunga, Gupta and Pala empires.
The Patna urban agglomeration is the 18th largest in India.
Patna serves as the seat of Patna High Court.
The modern city of Patna is situated on the southern bank of the river Ganges.
The Patna Golf Club was established on 21 March 1916 is one of the oldest golf course of India.
Patna hosted the first-ever woman’s Kabaddi world cup. It was held at the Patliputra Sports Complex, Kankarbagh from 1 to 4 March 2012.
The estimated population of Patna is 2.4 Million, as of 2020.
The Buddhist, Hindu and Jain pilgrimage centres of Vaishali, Rajgir, Nalanda, Bodh Gaya and Pawapuri are nearby and Patna City is also a sacred city for Sikhs as the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh was born here.