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Naila-A village tucked away in time/ walk through

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..

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Approaching Naila Village, near Jaipur
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Beautiful gate of Naila ruined by billboards and advertisements.

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.

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Naila Fort on a hill top
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Thin curvy road with steep incline leads to Naila fort. It’s a private property owned by the hotelier Oberoi group
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Beautiful Palace in  Naila village now owned and managed by the government.

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.

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Neglect and lack of attention is evident everywhere in this palace at Naila village

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.fatehgarh-palace-in-naila-indo-european-architecture-style-building-jaipurthrumylens   The architecture is unique amalgamation of European and Rajasthani style which was prevalent post 1850 AD.

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Notice the beautiful fusion of Rajasthani and European styles. Naila Village
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The wild creeper  adds to the dated look of the this heritage palace. Naila village
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servant quarters…. probably. Naila village
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Beautiful stone carvings influenced by Mughals and Araish work in  Gokhaas. Naila village

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!!

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New housing structures being erected just outside Naila village.

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!

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Bhomia ji temple on hill top. Naila village

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.

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Six feet high rampart of the Naila fort.

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

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166 thoughts on “Naila-A village tucked away in time/ walk through

  1. Thank you for blogging about these amazing forts around Jaipur! All my life I had imagined Jaipur to be home to very well maintained, touristry forts. Don’t get me wrong there! I am all for preservation and restoration of ancient structutes and especially ones with history. But I have a strange fascination for these obscure forts which have been ravaged by time but are still standing on their own.
    Your posts are making me push Jaipur up the lists of cities I want to visit! 🙂
    Cheers!
    Keep blogging!

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    1. Hi! There is no doubt that Jaipur has some of the best palaces and forts in our country. Despite this we have many small forts around Jaipur which are abandoned, or have no use…anymore. Many of these were meant as forward defense outpost and cannot be converted into a hotel. Hence these have been abandoned and left to their fate! I think you should definitely visit Jaipur! I’m sure you’ll like it. Do let me know, if there is any way I can help you with it. You have an excellent blog. Just followed your blog to be updated with your trekking adventures! 🙂

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