We decided to devote our first day to forts. So we went straight to Rawat Misthan for breakfast, we had pyaz ki kachori, Mirchi Wada, and lassi. And then we left for Amber Fort, which was 15 km from there. Most of the forts of Rajasthan has been used for shooting movie scenes and one of them is Amber Fort.
1. The song 'Mohe rang do laal' of the movie 'Bajirao Mastani'.
2. A scene of 'Khoobsurat' movie where Sonam and Fawad go to meet Maharaja of Suraj Garh Palace.
3. Sheeshmahal at Amber fort was used to shoot the song 'Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya'.
4. And how can I forget the movie 'Jodha Akbar'.
These are the few which I remembered and spotted but there may be other movies/songs which have been shot there. Amber fort is a beautiful fort made of sandstone and marble. It consisted of several courtyards, palace, gardens, and halls. It also has an open-air passage that connects it to Jaigarh Fort. To visit the Amber palace you need to buy a ticket of Rs.100(Indian) or Rs. 550(Foreigner). It almost took 3-4 hour to explore the whole fort.
We came back to the city to have lunch so we ordered pav bhaji from Pandit's and had lassi at the famous joint of 'Lassiwala'. Around 4 pm we headed towards Nahargarh Fort. Always visit Nahargarh Fort in the evening to witness the mesmerizing sunset from the fort. It is another popular fort of Jaipur standing on the edge of Aravalli hills. To explore the fort you need to buy a ticket of Rs. 50 but if you want to see the wax museum and Sheeshmahal then you need to pay some extra amount.
The fort was commissioned by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II but it is believed that this fort was cursed by the Rathore prince named Nahar Singh.
Many songs have also been shot at Nahargarh Fort like,
1. The fort scene in the movie 'Rang de Basanti" was shot at Nahargarh Fort and the popular song 'Masti ki Pathshala'. (go watch it again ;)
2. Some part of the song 'Gulabi' from the movie "Sudhh Desi Romance" was shot here.
From the terrace of the fort, the whole city of Jaipur can be seen. And this scene looks more beautiful in the evening when the whole city shines. The view from the fort is spellbinding. Nahargarh Fort is smaller than the Amber fort so it took 1-2 hr to explore the whole fort and then we went to the sunset point.
The best thing I liked about Jaipur is that they strictly follow their traffic rules. The helmet is compulsory not only for the driver but also for the one who is sitting behind. Even I noticed ladies with a long veil inside the helmet and also the aged ladies wearing the helmet.
Local markets usually start closing around 9 pm. So as soon as we returned from Nahargarh fort we went to Chandpole and Bapu Bazaar for shopping. These bazaars are popular for Saari, Rajasthani dresses, dupattas, Rajasthani footwear (mojdi), bangles, oxidized jewellery, decorative items, etc. We did most of our shopping at the closing time so we bargained a lot. We bought so many things at a cheaper rate. For dinner, we went to Sethi Bar-be-que to have chicken tikka and paneer tikka. This place is famous among non-vegetarians.