From the palace, we came out and decided to go to Jag Mandir. The ticket counter for the boat is inside the palace complex. The boat takes a loop around Taj Pichola to reach Jag Mandir. The Jag Mandir complex is maintained and decorated well. There is a restaurant in Jag Mandir, we had some refreshments here and enjoyed the atmosphere. They have also had some rooms in the same complex. Jag Mandir is beautiful in terms of location and architect. They offer an evening boat trip with dinner package, which should be booked in advance.
By the time we finished from Jag Mandir it was already late afternoon. We came back to our hotel and refreshed. We had already decided to spend our evening at the top of the hill of Karni Mata rope. Gondola was shaky but we had no issue riding it. Some people walk up to the hill to pay respect at the temple. There were lots of people on top and the atmosphere was energetic. It was windy and pleasant on top. There is a small temple, where people pay respect to goddess but I noticed that most people were there to enjoy the view and sun set. We explored the area and finally sat down to enjoy the sunset behind the hills of Lake Pichola.
After sunset, it got really crowded at Gondola because everyone wanted to go down as fast as possible. There was a long queue and we took our coupon & waited for our turn. There is a small tea and snacks counter next to boarding point and I decided to have ice cream while waiting for our turn. When we were coming down, I noticed that city was looked different with evening lights.
We got an auto from the road and reached the market to do some souvenir shopping. It was already 8.00 PM and we were tired walking around all day. So we decided to have dinner in hotel’s rooftop restaurant.
There is an evening dance program called Dharohar dance shows take place at Bagore ki Haveli at 7.00 PM. They perform folk dance and music. It is surely a good show for the one-time watching if you have an evening free like we had. (I saw this program last time so, given a miss during this trip)
It is recommended to watch the sunset from Monsoon palace but we didn’t stay till sunset because we have decided to go for light and sound show at city palace, which starts at 7.30 PM. (Moreover, I had seen the sunset from Monsoon palace last time 😉 )
The light and sound show in city palace was ok, nothing very spectacular about it. Just go for it if you have a free evening or like watching all kind of L & S shows.
We had dinner at a cafe near our hotel. It was a nice place. Afterward, we went to Gangaur ghat but it was very secluded at that time so, we came back considering our security reasons.