When someone mentions “Naila” in Jaipur it usually means Naila school or night parties at Naila House –Club Naila . Parties held at Naila house are quite famous among the party crowd in Jaipur. If you find clubbing pictures with crowd enjoying swimming pool, heritage property and foreigners all thrown together, then it’s Club Naila!
There’s a history behind Naila House too but I will stick to village Naila in this write-up. The Rajput family of Naila House (usually called thikana in local language) has its origins from Naila Village – Naila thikana. Technically it was part of Jaipur state (before India’s independence) but it was an estate assigned to a family member of Jaipur royalty. This family was called thikanedaar in local language.
Naila village located about 30 km from Jaipur first came into limelight recently when US President Bill Clinton visited this quaint village in the year 2000. Projected as a model village, media highlighted Naila but now it’s far from the reality.
This post is not a guide to Naila. It’s just a photo journey. I haven’t captured much of local life in the following pictures; just the surroundings and built heritage. Here I go..
Surprisingly, the rampart which surrounds the village is still in a very good condition. Intended to protect the village from attacking armies as the first line of defense, the fortification runs all around the village, including the Naila fort perched on the hill-top.
This is a picture of the palace in Naila village, constructed and once owned by the erstwhile rulers of Naila estate. It conjures up two different set of emotions.First one is excitement on finding a lovely heritage building dating back to 1875 AD. Second one is a feeling of let down looking at it’s condition. Advertisement on it’s facade is a bummer. The saddest part is the fact that now its run by government as a primary health center. It could have rather been a beautiful heritage hotel; it’s just waiting for things to fall apart.
I’m not sure how this beautiful property ended up with the government but the current state of the building is quite sad.
Naila estate was part of Jaipur. Jaipur merged with others smaller states to form a bigger state Rajasthan. The architecture is unique amalgamation of European and Rajasthani style which was prevalent post 1850 AD.
You end up thinking about the sad state; destruction & decay of heritage, architecture and history is no one’s concern unless it generates revenue. The Araish work as shown in the above picture (white marble like polished surface with black border) is impossible to reproduce today to the same level even though we know the processes because of expensive labor and lack of skilled workers; we are simply allowing it to decay!!
While the old Naila town has heritage houses and havelis, new housing structures are coming up fast in the vicinity. Seen above, the vacant area next to the village giving way to the residential quarters!
You can look at surrounding views of Naila village in the above picture. Probably these views are short-lived as plotting for dwelling units has already started.
More on Naila some other day……
If you like you can also check out pictures of sunrise from Naila posted for Skywatch Friday – Click here