Day 1: Jaipur
On 14th Morning I started my Jaipur City tour. Initially, I went to Jaigarh fort. Jaigarh is one of the magnificent fort of Amer, located 20 km away from Jaipur. I hired a private autorickshaw to reach there, but you can go by e-Rickshaw from city palace. Jaigarh is owned by Maharaja of Jaipur & was former capital of Jaipur Kingdom (Capital town was Amer/Amber, which is situated at the foothills of Jaigarh Fort). At Jaigarh fort you can see world's largest cannon ‘Jaivana’. Also, you can visit palace complexes within fort. History lovers will get many curious stories & things. You can get glimpse of Jaipur from Jaigarh fort. I spent there almost 2 and half hours.
Later on I went to Nahargarh fort which is just 5 - 6 KM away from Jaigarh fort. Nahargarh fort is another fort in Jaipur. Like Jaigarh, it is also located in Aravalli ranges. Though Nahargarh has less less monuments compare to Jaigarh, one should not skip it as it has famous Jaipur wax museum and hall of mirrors (Sheesh Mahal). Most important attraction of Nahargarh fort is ‘MADHVENDRA Palace’. This 17th century palace depicts rich culture and architecture of Rajasthan. You can can enjoy view of Jaipur from here.
Then I travelled to Amer Palace/ Amber Fort. Basically this is not a fort. This is palace which was official residence of Kachwaha Maharajas. This Palace is a part of Jaigarh Fort as this is accessible from fort. The palace is great example of Jaipur architecture. Darbar Hall (Diwan-e-aam), Diwan-e-khas, King’s Mahal, Janani Mahal (Queen’s Residence) are the notable monuments of this palace. You can also visit underground way to Jaigarh fort (It is still open from palace side). Another attraction of Amer Palace is Light and Sound Show. The Rajasthan Tourism Department has setup light and sound show which describes history of Jaipur. This show tries to recreate glory of Amer fort. This is must see show as one can enjoy beautiful view of Amer and Jaigarh fort. This show is one hour show starting at 6 PM till 9 PM.
While returning to Jaipur I visited JalMahal. This is lake palace of jaipur. This is not well maintained so I hardly spent 15 min there. Then I visited to Hawa Mahal. Built in Red sandstone, Hawa mahal is one of tourist attraction of Jaipur. It is located near to city palace. You can spend half an hour there as palace does not have any major architecture.
With Hawa Mahal, my first day of Rajasthan trip ended around 6 PM.
Then I was roaming in Jaipur market as I did not have anything to pass my time.
After dinner I boarded to Jaipur to Chittorgarh train at 11 PM. The train reaches to chittorgarh around 6 AM.
There is Jaipur City Tour bus operated by RTDC. Also there are private operators who provides same facility The bus starts at 9 AM Morning and tour ends at 6 PM. You can get more details on RTDC website. Also don’t fall prey to local guides if you are solo. At most of the places, you will get Audio guides (recorders) which will walk through each and every point and also you can enjoy your time without being hurry.
Start your tour from Jantar Mantar (9 AM sharp), city palace, Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Amer Palace. Amer palace closes at 5 PM. After Amer Palace tour, enquire about Light & sound show which starts at 6 PM. Enjoy the show and return to main city for dinner.
There are other places like Goiter, Sisodiya Rani ki Haveli, Jaipur Museum and Zoo.
For Solos, You can rent a bike for a day and its worth of it. (There are bike rent websites are available.).
Half part of Jaipur tour ends here.
Day 2: Chittorgarh