Jaipur is the city of monuments, palaces, and forts. As I mentioned in my another post, I visited Jaipur many times and discovered something new every time. I am not going to write about those things or what I had seen during the day in this post. Here I am going to talk about the things I had seen after sunset.i.e. Jaipur by Night. Jaipur looks totally different at night, illumination or lights on monuments adds a different dimension to the character of these and Jaipur city. When I came to know about illumination of monuments, I decided to see Jaipur by night.
There is a tour by Rajasthan Tourism dept called Jaipur by Night. This is a drive-through tour and they stop for 5-10 minutes in front of each monument for photography. We were staying in RTDC’s hotel, so we got picked up from our hotel. During the tour, they have taken us to Raj Mandir Cinema Hall, Statue Circle, Amar Jawan Jyoti, Vidhan Sabha Bhawan, Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir), Albert Hall, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Amber Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Amber fort was better illuminated during the light and sound show. Most of the places are closed after sunset but Birla Mandir remains open until late night.
Roads of Jaipur were comparitively less crowded at night.
The light and sound show at Amber Fort in evening at Kesar Kyari is a beautiful 50 minutes program, it gives the brief history of fort and city. The shows run in English at 7.30 PM and in Hindi at 8.30 PM (Voiced by Amitabh Bachchan). The timing of show prepones by one hour in winter months. I saw the light and sound show at Amber Fort on the day we went to the Jaipur Forts. Amber Fort looks totally different and majestic from outside during the show.
Finally, we went to Nahargarh Fort for dinner. The entry to Fort is allowed for those, who booked the dinner at Fort’s restaurant or are staying in RTDC rooms. When we reached the restaurant, the in-charge of restaurant received us warmly and showed us around.They have made sitting arrangement inside and outside, we decided to eat outside because the weather was very pleasant. There were lesser monkeys as compared to the day and they were silently sitting in far corners. It was a vegetarian buffet dinner, food was simple but tasty.
We saw the overview of Jaipur city from the dining room of the restaurant but it was restricted by metal mesh net on the windows. They have fixed mesh net on windows for protection from monkeys. For taking clear pictures of the Jaipur city at night, it is better to go to the open restaurant Padao. It is some 400 meters from the main compound and it was very dark at night because of the thick bushes & small trees on both sides of the path. Moreover, they don’t serve dinner there, so it is secluded at that time. I wanted to go there to take some pictures but then we decided against it considering the security. Why take the unnecessary risk.
According to me, it is a good idea to spend a relaxing evening roaming around watching monuments of Jaipur by night. Dinner in Nahargarh Fort is a good experience.
Hawa Mahal is on the road and looks nice with front lights.
How to see Jaipur by night –
1.) Hire a cab and visit all places. The advantage is you can stop and spend time as you like.I am not giving much of the details as we booked a cab to visit these places as it is most convenient and safe mode of transport at night.
2.) Book a tour with the Official site of Rajasthan Tourism.