Nahargarh fort, which lies on the Aravalli range around 6 km north of Jaipur city center and below the Jaigarh Fort, is admitted a perfect site for a zipline tour. The zipline concept has worked wonderfully so far in other royal Rajasthan forts, including Neemrana in Alwar and Mehrangarh in Jodhpur. With the new plan of the Department of Archaeology and Museums, Nahargarh will be the next big fort to get its own adventure sports facility.
The department has invited proposals to set up and operate the zipline and adventure sports facilities from several companies. Once it gets proposals, for which the deadline of submission is 31 July, the department will finalize the specifications of the project, including the rates and other costs. The initial proposal, according to one official, will see a zipline tour from the fort parking area to Padao, a restaurant at the fort.
Zipline tours, for those who are not familiar, involve zipping visitors from one point to another at a lower altitude through a super-strong steel cable setup. There is a mechanism to let you control the speed at which you go, and if done well, it lets you feel like you are soaring through the sky. Zipline tours across other forts in Rajasthan offer incredible birds-eye views of the majestic and ancient structures, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Zipline tours consist of more than one such zip wire, and you typically have to walk from one point to another. The Neemrana Fort zipline experience, for instance, has five lines.
The potential of this sort of tour is huge. Zipline tours in other Rajasthan forts have already been pretty successful, offering an experience that you cannot find so easily in India. While zipline tours are pretty common in other parts of the world, they have only picked up pace in India in the past several years. Nahargarh Fort, meanwhile, attracts as many as 2,000 people every day, foreigners and Indian tourists alike. And while walking through the ancient fort is an experience on its own, a zipline route would offer a very different and exhilarating experience.
The Department of Archaeology and Museums wanted to begin this project three years back, but it could not get the forest department’s permission back then. Clearance from the forest department is also causing roadblocks for a proposed ropeway between Nahargarh and Jaigarh forts and Kanak-Vrindavan.