Jaipur is the city of monuments, palaces, and forts. There are unlimited places and markets in Jaipur for a traveler. Every time I visited Jaipur, I discovered something new. On most of the occasions, I went to a nice place for dinner or spent my evening relaxing. During my last visit, I decided to explore Jaipur after dark. I found that there are some really nice places to visit in Jaipur at night. Jaipur looks totally different at night, most of the monuments are illumination. The combination of dark and light gives a different character to these monuments.
There are 3 different types of activities and places to visit in Jaipur at night.
- Light and sound show at Amer Palace
My favorite place to visit in Jaipur at night is light and sound show at Amer Fort. The light and sound show is a 50 minutes program in which they tell a brief history of Amer Fort and Jaipur city. The sitting arrangement for the show is in Kesar Kyari, which at the base of the fort and next to the small lake. In Summer months the English language show is at 7.30 PM and Hindi language at 8.30 PM. The Hindi show is voiced by Amitabh Bachchan and very popular among Indian tourists. During winter months show timing changes and it starts one hour before. Amber Fort looks totally different and majestic from outside during the show.
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- Jaipur by night tour of Monuments
There is a tour by Rajasthan Tourism dept called Jaipur by Night. I booked this tour because we were two females and I was not very comfortable to visit many places at night on our own. The tour starts at 6.30 PM and ends at 10.30 PM. They took us to all the historic places to visit in Jaipur at night. All the monuments except Birla mandir & Amar Jawan Jyoti are closed after sunset and during the tour. The tour is mostly drive-through and we stopped for 5-10 minutes in front of every monument for look & photography.
The tour starts from RTDC’s hotel and office. During the tour, we saw 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.
The best parts are that roads of Jaipur are comparatively less crowded at night and I spent less time negotiating traffic.
Hawa Mahal is on the road and looks nice with front lights.
The music was playing at Amar Jawan Jyoti and colors of the light were changing. This is an open monument and one can go inside the premise to see things up close. It was built in 1972 but the light & sound show started here a few years back.
They also stopped on the way at Rajasthan emporium but we didn’t buy anything. If everyone in the group doesn’t want to buy anything then this stop can be done in 10 minutes.
I saw Amer fort from across the lake the day I did Jaipur by night tour but it was not looking nice & bright, lighting was very dull. Amer fort looked spectacular and better illuminated during the light and sound show.
The last stop of my tour was dinner at Nahargarh Fort. When we reached the restaurant, the in-charge of restaurant received us warmly and showed us around. They have inside and outside sitting arrangements. We decided to eat outside because the weather was very pleasant. There were few monkeys sitting quietly at far corners of walls and turrets around the restaurant. When I visited the Nahargarh palace during the day monkeys were very active and jumping everywhere on walls and compound. We had a fixed vegetarian Thali for dinner. The food tasted good and staff at buffet counter was very helpful.
We saw the overview of Jaipur city from the dining room of the restaurant. Unfortunately, the view was restricted by metal mesh on the windows. They have fixed mesh on windows to restrict the entry of monkeys. The Padao restaurant at the far end of the Nahargarh fort compound is the best place to take photographs of Jaipur city. Padao is approximately 400 meters from the main compound. It was very dark at night because of the thick bushes and Babul trees on both sides of the path. Moreover, they don’t serve dinner there and that why it is secluded at night. I wanted to go there to see and take pictures but then we decided against it considering the security. Why take the unnecessary risk.
Also, check – Places to visit in Jaipur other than its forts
It was a good experience to spend an evening roaming around watching monuments of Jaipur at night. Dinner in Nahargarh Fort is a good experience because it is far from hassle and bustle of the Jaipur city.
- An evening at Chokhi Dhani
Another place which is interesting for city people and foreign travelers for spending an evening is “Chokhi Dhani”. It is a recreation of a traditional village. There were bullock carts, elephants, and camels for a ride. There were tickets for rides but I am not a fan of these because I don’t know how they treat their animals. Other then these there was a puppet show, a Kalbelia dance and folk music performances by local artists. These performances are free but tourists are encouraged to give tips. There are a jungle and ghost house set up, which is fun for the kids.
There is a big hall where they serve traditional Rajasthani food in traditional floor sitting, they also have a regular table and chair sitting arrangement. It is only for one time visit for people who never saw a village and just want to spend an evening in a new place. For me, it is commercialized and a bit overpriced. It is open from 5.00 PM to 11.00 PM. The entry with food ticket cost from 700 INR to 1100 INR. Chokhi Dhani is outside the Jaipur city, so need a cab for transport.
Tips for places to visit in Jaipur at night –
1.) Hire a cab and visit all places. The advantage is you can stop and spend time as you like.
2.) Book a tour with the Official site of Rajasthan Tourism. It is also ok and not like fast paced day tour.