I’m back with another travel story from Jaipur, The Pink City. I traveled to Jaipur with my friends in the month of February. I’m sorry! I know it’s March now and I’m already too late with my blog post. Not sure whether it happens with me only. I keep thinking of doing stuffs and either they get delayed due to some unforeseen reasons or I simply procrastinate it. Happens with you guys too? Well, sometimes it’s okay to be like this.
So, you might be aware of my getaway if you are already following me on Instagram (username- divaenestilo). It was basically a road trip from Delhi to Jaipur which turned out to be way more fun than I had expected.
And the trip begins…
DAY 1 – To JAIPUR
We reached Jaipur by evening and it took about an hour to navigate our friend’s place where we had planned our stay. An evening drive around the city was a beautiful experience. Chill and love together in the air. This is a perk of being in the Pink City. Instead of being a busy heritage city of India and being hugely crowed by tourist from all over the world, this place becomes ironically peaceful and pleasant during night. I could see the broad roads gleaming under street lights and beautifully kept lawns and flowerbeds beside those roads.
I must praise the civic sense of people living in Jaipur who respect and preserve the beauty of their city. We reached our friend’s place and had dinner together. We chit chatted till late night, laughed so much on stupid things, revived old memories and planned our itinerary for the next day’s destination which was Bhangarh.
DAY 2 – BHANGARH
We started late morning for Bhangarh which is situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan. It’s around 85 km from Jaipur and takes around 2-3 hrs drive. After covering half of the way you will have to come out of your comfort zone and get ready for a bumpy ride. Roads are a bit harsh in the Alwar district so it took some extra time than what I estimated. I had already read stories about Bhangarh fort being a haunted place so the excitement to reach there and experience something supernatural was natural. I’m kinda playing with words! Hehe! Okay I know I’m not funny.
So, the time we finally reached the fort which is actually a ruin and remains of the Bhangarh fort, we hired a guide. Our guide was an old man from the nearby village who seemed to be quite experienced and a ‘know it all’ person when it came to the history of fort. He started telling us the story behind the fort being haunted, which according to him was the ‘only’ real story behind the supernatural activities taking place inside the fort after sunset.
His mythological story was a bit exaggerated version of what I already knew about. But it was fun listening to his tale which he started confidently in his regional language. According to him, the Princess of the fort Rani Ratnavati was considered to be one of the most beautiful lady at that time. A magician who lived by the fort wanted to marry the princess which was nearly impossible. That malicious magician (according to our old guide) prepared a love potion to hypnotize the Princess.
He, on getting a chance, replaced the ‘Ittar’ (scent) used by princess by his love potion. The princess after knowing his bad intentions pour the love potion over a boulder which rolled over and crushed the magician. The nasty magician cursed the fort and its royal lineage before dying. According to the local people the curse played its part when the fort was invaded by Mughals. Our old man also told us about the other nearby structures and the story related to them.
It was almost Sunset and we still had no experience of anything creepy rather than being tired and hungry. We roamed a little more in the ruins of the fort explored the place and clicked pictures. The panoramic view from the top of fort was beautiful. This fort is built at the foothills of Aravali range, which makes it look striking from the main entrance. The fort being an ancient structure comes under the Archaeological Heritage of India.
Our old guide had already requested us to leave the premises before its late evening. Though we did not believe him or experienced anything supernatural. But the fort’s gate gets closed after evening, so we needed to get back. On our way back to Jaipur we bought things to be cooked up for dinner. I had one of my epic sangria nights with the gang. 🙂
I still have so much to share about my experience of roaming in the Jaipur city. Which I will be doing soon in my next blog posts! Also I’m sharing some pictures from the Bhangarh trip. Hope you guys like it. 🙂
Untill next time!
We took a little break at this roadside mango grove, on the way to Bhangarh fort.
The 400 years old structure still stands magnificently!
Know its historical importance!
View from the top of the fort.
I tried to lean and get a good picture but I was standing at an elevation of around 100 ft.
Our old guide told – this is the place where the nasty magician lived! Hahah 😀
Sharing laughter at a scary place 😛
Mountains of Aravali range.
A mandatory group picture. 🙂
The lawns inside fort’s premises.
Spot me if you can! 😛
The ruins, which used to be a part of the fort.
Our interesting old man – The Guide 😛
To remind myself that I can get an ugly picture if i won’t stop talking 😛
Probably “The watcher on the wall” !
Can’t stop being happy with life, no matter what <3
And finally the night took over!