It was a Saturday evening and with no planning in mind, we, Jaipur Beat, decided to head to Nahargarh. Jaipurites are always in love with this place, particularly when the weather is perfect; the place gives a remarkable look of Jaipur especially during night.
Before we indulge into real pleasure, let’s have a brief intro about the Fort – Established by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II in 1734, Nahargarh is set on Aravali mountain ranges and was once a strong defense ring, creating a tough protection for the city along with other two forts of Amer and Jaigarh. The place became known as Nahargarh, which means “adobe of tigers’.
There is lots of history attached to the abode, incredible design, awe inspiring planning, but what catches an eye the most is the awesome view of the city that fort offers.
With no time wasted we started going uphill through the zig zag road. While climbing we managed to get the view of Mansagar Lake, which was absolutely spectacular and we knew that much more is in store once we reach at the top.
So we decided to explore Padao restaurant.
It took just 10 minutes to reach the highest point, which happens to be a restaurant called ‘Padao’- this is an open-air restaurant at the top, gives awesome view and also sells drinks around sunset plus veg and non-veg snacks.
As soon as we entered –we were charged with Rs 50/- per head as an entry fee that includes free tea /coffee/coldrink.. If you ask, it’s not bad actually. We parked our car and the first thing we were up to was to get a quick look at the sparkling Jaipur city from the top and pin pointing few of the places that were easily recognizable from the highest point like TalKatora, Birla Mandir, Moti Sons building and lot many.
It was simply amazing, many people were relaxing on the fort’s walls overlooking the city while some were seriously having the time of their own under the sky with no one around to disturb.
From up there the city seems so quiet and peaceful; no doubt it took seconds for us to decide to spendsome more time there. So we served ourselves free-cold drink (Self Service) and ordered Beer, Pakoras and Chilly Paneer. The sitting area at Padao is all-open with wrought iron chairs and tables. They serve you, but don’t guarantee the place for sitting. Better keep your eyes open and look for empty chairs on your own, especially when it’s a weekend. And let your luck play the charm 😉
It took a few minutes for us to locate and collect our chairs and finally got our seats at the corner of the top Burj. Our day was made sitting, eating and enjoying with friends.
Some of you may not be aware that several scenes from the movie Rang De Basanti were filmed here.
The place is a must visit for all. We suggest you a few safety tips-
* Avoid going alone and always try going in a group.
* Drive carefully after having drinks, as the road to Nahargarh is prone to many accidents.
* Don’t forget to take your camera along for some amazing photography, as there is no other place in the city that gives such an exotic view of Jaipur.