On our final morning in Jaipur we went up the 15 km drive of death again to see the final fort in the Jaipur area, Nahargarh Fort. While it was originally a fort, what’s of interest and on public display right now are the palace apartments. Built in a mix of British and traditional Rajasthani styles, the palace has 9 identical apartments which are on display.
I found this fort/palace the most interesting to visit because it was the most modern but also the most neglected. Here you could see how British culture had made its way into the royal life style, and it was interesting to see the neat, orderly and modern way the apartments were laid out with a courtyard, visiting room, bedrooms, and even indoor bathrooms. However, you could see what makes India India – the need to retain its own culture was evident all over the apartments; walls painted with Rajasthani fresco paintings and archways decorated with hindu symbols. In addition, up on the hill top you had gorgeous views of the surrounding hills and city below out of each window, reminding you of the beautiful location you were in.
|Rajastani decor and breath-taking views|
However, you could tell that this was the least popular place to visit. The paint was not as fresh, not much of the building was restored, and it had an old, neglected feel. It felt like we were the first to explore it in a long, long time.
|One could see the neglect over the years|
Walking through the apartments is rather easy and quick. They are 9 identical apartments, so once you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. That being said,we didn’t hire a guide. If you do hire one, make sure you hire an Archeological Survey of India licensed guide.
My son, now knowing we would let him bring a train (his favorite Thomas or James or Percy) with him, found ways to amuse himself on this visit. Sure he had fun going up and down the narrow staircases and running down the ancient halls, but the best part was lying on the ground (yes I said lying on the ground) and playings with his trains. The guides, attendants, and several visitors got in on the game, sending his trains to him when they went too far away, or even showing him cool places he could send his trains. At the end he was filthy but happy. Half a package of wet wipes later, he was presentable enough to get into the car for the next outing.
|Everyone can bond over trains|
Timings: 10 am – 5 pm
Fees: 30 rs, entrance is also included in a 300 rs combination ticket which includes Amber Fort, Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and Nahargarh Fort
* Stared photos taken by Atma Photography