A long time back, my family went on a trip to Rajasthan, the largest state in India in terms of area. As a South Indian, the first image that came into mind when I thought of Rajasthan had been a vast, arid desert land.
Imagine my surprise when I was greeted with rain the very day I arrived at Jaipur city! (Capital of Rajasthan)
My most lucid memory of Rajasthan was the visit to the Jaigarh Fort.
The Jaigarh Fort was built in 1726 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh (the then ruler of Jaipur) as a means of protecting his palace complex. Located on one of the peaks of the Aravalli hill range, it was a centre of artillery production for the Rajputs.
The walk never seemed too strenuous, the climate was tolerably warm, and the view was AMAZING!
The Jaigarh Fort is most famous for having the cannon named Jaivana, which at that time was the largest cannon in the world on wheels. Unfortunately, the only picture I had of this cannon was significantly blurred, so I couldn’t use it here. (But a single google search would do the trick!)
There were rumours of a hidden treasure in this purely military-oriented fort, so much so that the late Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi is said to have sent an elite group to unearth it. However, the efforts were futile.
Some say the treasure is well hidden still. Others say that the finding of the loot was kept secret by the government. And yet others say that the wealth was utilized to build one of the most beautiful cities in India- the city of Jaipur!