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With Wing Commander Abhinandan’s return, Jaipur relives the memories of our Hero from the pages of history

Famous for majestic forts and palaces, Jaipur has its own significance in terms of its brave warrior stories. The stories when Kings of Rajasthan were fighting with bravery at the battleground. Not to forget that the ultimate charm of Pink city lies in its brave stories of the bygone era.

People travel through this city and explore the heritage while hearing the legends of the brave heart of the city. The one such story is of HH Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh MVC of Jaipur’s royal family.

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Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh was the last Maharaja of Jaipur, as the princely states dissolved at the time, he took the throne. The legacy of Jaipur royal family has been widely acclaimed around the world, but is in no way limited to palaces, Bhawani Singh Ji proved his mettle in the war against Pakistan in 1971. Bhawani Singh Ji commanded the 10th Parachute Regiment and captured Chacharo, Sindh, he pulled a crucial plug from Pakistan’s regime which ultimately led to India winning the war.

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This was the biggest territorial conquest in terms of territory. The Chachro Raid of 1971 was Indian Army’s biggest Surgical strike in Pakistan for four days, the battalion infiltrated deep inside enemy territory and carried out raids on enemy positions. For his bravery and courage, the Maharaja was awarded the Mahavir Chakra. 

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Then were the times of newspapers, an article was published a day before his arrival to Jaipur after the war, about Bhawani Singh Ji arriving the next day. As Bhawani Singh Ji arrived at the Sanganer Airport, the people of Jaipur were overjoyed and welcomed him wholeheartedly, it took Bhawani Singh Ji the whole day as people all over Jaipur went out to congratulate him.

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The people of Jaipur have always embraced bravery and patriotism, be it 1971 when Maharaja Bhawani Singh Ji came back to his home town Jaipur after capturing Chachro, or Abhinandan Varthaman’s homecoming in 2019. The blood of citizens of Jaipur will never run dry when it comes to celebrating the soldiers of India, every Jaipurite salutes the bravery of Maharaja Sawai Bhawani Singh Ji then and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman now.  We have wholeheartedly celebrated the homecoming of our heroes.

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7 Places In And Around Jaipur, We ‘Discovered’ On School Bunks

We have all been there, haven’t we?

Well if you haven’t, you missed on a lot. But hey, you must have heard stories from your friends at least, about how incredible these places are, well we are here to set a collection of places in around Jaipur we went to on our school bunks. So, if you haven’t been to any of these places, we recommend you to go and feel them, for yourselves.

1. Nahargarh – There is absolutely no way Nahargarh isn’t topping the list on this one, it’s like the coolest there has ever been in Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort was the top priority on full day bunk, but, if the weather was too bad, well, there were some indoor options to look at too. But as kids, we loved a little soak, didn’t we?

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2. Crystal Palm – Situated in virtually the center of the city, it was quite easy to reach, even by public transport. Crystal Palm was our choice of theatre, to go to, for one of the reasons being they never really snitched on us. It was this sacred custom we took an oath to, to watch every incredible (sometimes bad) movie releasing, on first day, first show. And guys, those were arguably the best times. What’s more to Crystal Palm is it has a play zone, a McDonald’s, and MGF just opposite the road, simply put, it happened to be extremely sorted, all in one.

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3. Indian Coffee House (ICH) – Biased towards the one situated at MI Road over the one in JKK, maybe it was the rustic ambiance, or simply, it’s reachability. But, certainly, it was rule number 1 in the sacred book of rules to start the school bunks by having breakfast at ICH. The menu was fairly low priced, like a dream come true, for us school kids.

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4. Samode Palace – Reaching there was an adventure on its own, it was an approximate 1.5 hours ride from the center of the city. The usual timings for bunks were 6 hours, stretching it up to 7 hours was the upper limit. So, reaching, chilling, enjoying, and, being back on time from Samode Palace was a feat of its own. And you do realize it has about 850 steps to reach the top of the mountain?

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850 steps in school shoes, just called it a challenge back then. LOL.

5. Ramgarh Dam – It’s again, one of the natural beauties of our beautiful Jaipur. Reaching Ramgarh was, well, tough. The road was so bad at the time, you were surely taking home a sore back from the trip. Note, it’s a dry dam, there’s as such no water in the dam, but, the place itself, has a feel attached to it. If you happen to go there, be careful of the monkeys, they are going to steal your food and laugh at your face, while eating it all of course. 🙈

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6. Kanota Dam – It’s the place to be if you are looking for some really good landscape, for those display pictures you could never put up on your social media. 😰🤣

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It was full of water at the time. It still happens to have water in it, but it’s a tad bit tougher to reach now. There are actually 2 sides of the dam you could have reached, one side where the locals don’t allow people to visit anymore, as they claim it to be their part of the land, and, one side where the fishing takes place, the area is kind of all fenced now, but back then it wasn’t.

7. Sagar – You can’t call yourself a Jaipurite if you haven’t been to Sagar, but a lot of people we meet happen to not know there is any such place in Jaipur 🤔

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Sagar is to be reached by taking the other road from the last crossroad to Amer, the local pujaris won’t have an issue until you aren’t creating a nuisance over there. It’s an iconic jewel of a place Jaipur has, it has got everything to it. And, if you are bored of Nahargarh on your bunk, this was the place to head to and vice versa.