Nahargarh Fort of Rajasthan is located on the sheer precipitous ridge of the Aravali Hills and it forms the northern backdrop of the dusty pink city of Jaipur in the distance, also the capital city of Rajasthan. Nahargarh fort is the first of three forts built bu Maharaja Jai Sawai Singh of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Further beyond the hills of Jaigarh stands the fort of Nahagarh like a watchful sentinel guarding Sawai Jai Singh’s imposing capital. Rajasthan fort was constructed in 1734, however further additions were made to it but the succeding rulers in the 19th century. The dusty road that leads up to the Nahargarh is windy, curvy and you don’t really get a good idea of the size of the Fort until you reach the top. Even then, you have to walk a steep road up about ten to fifteen minutes upwards just to get to the entrance.
I visited this impressive Fort during the hottest months of the year in India, so my experience might differ from visiting in the cooler months, nevertheless as is usually the case in India, the experience is no less magical. Leading up to the entrance of the fort are so many other people walking up. Children calling out for spare change, always a heartbreaking situation. Stray dogs, dust, people calling out to each other, and finally reaching the entrance of the fort, where you’ll see people from all parts of India and the world coming to see this beautiful place. You’ll definitely be dusty afterwards!
What I enjoyed most about this fort is that is was not as crowded as other sites to visit in India, and especially in the heat it makes a bit of a difference if there is a crowd or not. The architecture, although somewhat in ruins, is still present in some areas such as the photo I’ll post below. How gorgeous is this?
I spent a few hours at the top, staring out over Jaipur, watching the sun set with my mother and just relaxing. I loved all the Indian families who wanted to take photos with us, and I also convinced some of them to pose for some photos for me and they just look so regal and beautiful. Sometimes people watching is just as important as observing where you happen to be at the moment, as the place as well as the people make your experience unique, no matter whether you are at a dusty fort or a gorgeous lakeside resort such as le pondy.
What I have learned from my travels through India over the last few years is that you have to have a balance between what you are doing and seeing. If you make yourself hot and dusty and tired all the time, chances are you won’t want to see as much or you will become very tired early on in your trip which might change your mind on what you want to see. So my advice to new visitors to India is to plan a few days of visiting temples and forts and monuments, and then plan some rest and relaxation time, whether it be at the beach, at a lake, or just somewhere peaceful. I would really like to visit le pondy and take advantage of the exquisite villas where I am sure I would spend a few days relaxing and recharging my inner batteries so I can continue my travels. There definitely has to be a balance!
What do you think readers? There has to be a balance in travel right? Share your comments below and let us know what you think!