The other benefits of staying at that hotel was that its kind of centrally located, so all the tourist hotspots like Amer palace, Nahargarh fort, Hawa Mahal are very accessible and in close proximity. Jal Mahal lake side walk is generally very crowded with tourists throughout the day. You can see street hawkers selling local clothes at absurdly high prices, shoes, bangles and what not! You can have plethora of options for street food.Okay, I would confess that this was not my maiden trip to Jal Mahal. I visited this place earlier in 2018, while returning from Pushkar. I visited this place then , at evening and it was heavily crowded. The view of the majestic palace on the lake is breathtaking! But I wanted to view it, with the sun peeking through the mountains behind (and off-course with lesser crowd!).
I woke up around 6 am. It was terribly cold. Had to put few layers of clothing and ventured out with my camera. All I had to do was to cross the road and reach the other side. The lake side walking pavement was literally empty. I could only see few joggers or morning walkers passing by occasionally. Ahh!that's all I wanted. Jal Mahal was hardly visible with dense cover of fog (could see the outline though!) The sky was clear and kept my fingers crossed. The last thing I wanted, was another Taj debacle!
A Different Taj
The sky was beginning to show its crimson glow. I knew it was time! I walked at a brisk pace in search of a good vantage point , and I found one! And then it was all about framing.