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Naila-A village tucked away in time | Walkthrough

When someone mentions “Naila in Jaipur it usually means Naila school or night parties at Naila House – Club Naila.  Naila House New Year Parties are quite famous among the party crowd in Jaipur. If you find clubbing pictures with the crowd reveling at heritage building with a pool in Jaipur, then it has to be Club Naila!

There’s a history behind Naila House too but I will stick to Naila village 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 the local language.

Naila village located about 30 km from Jaipur first shot into limelight when US President Bill Clinton visited this quaint village in the year 2000. Projected as a model village, the 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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The 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 the hilltop
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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. The first one is excitement on finding a lovely heritage building dating back to 1875 AD. The second one is a feeling of let down looking at its condition. Advertisement on its facade is a bummer. The saddest part is the fact that now its run by the 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 a 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 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!!

If you like you can also check out pictures of sunrise from Naila posted for Skywatch Friday Click here

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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 the hilltop. Naila village

You can look at the 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.

 

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Hawa Bungalow, Naila village

 

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Kanota Hawa Bungalow. Naila Village

Hawa Bungalow at Naila village also referred as Kanota Hawa Bungalow. It is well known among the party crowd in Jaipur. The owners of Hawa Bungalow also run paintball facility and were first on to offer paintball in Jaipur. Of course, now even Tao experiences also offers Paintball in Jaipur. Who is offers the best paintball in Jaipur among two? I think the one in Naila village offers better terrain. More on Naila Village, Naila Fort, and Hawa Bungalow some other day. In Jaipur, when someone mentions the word “Naila” it generally means parties at Club Naila or the lounge elephant Naila Bagh.

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