An overnight bus journey from Delhi drops you Jaipur at a time when the city glows in the light of sunrise. Having reached Jaipur at 6 am and a lot of time left for hotel check in, I decided to surprise my senses with the sunrise view of Hawa Mahal. There are multiple angles to view this structure :
1.)Walk along the road and see how the dimension of Hawa Mahal changes.
2.)You can get a holistic view of Hawa Mahal from 'Cafe wind view' on the opposite side of road. Go on the top storey and absorb the beauty.
3.)Hawa Mahal from inside(9am-5pm). Having 953 windows(even you can peep through some of them!), this 5 storeyed building from inside gives a 'WOW!' feeling.
Note: Don't forget to see the puppet show inside Hawa Mahal.
Visiting this point with a stomach full of Rajasthani breakfast, our next point of interest was Jal Mahal.
Jal Mahal is well connected by public transport from Hawa Mahal. This is a mesmerising place built in between the Man Sagar Lake. I bet you can gaze at it for minutes(also it is a great point for photo session!). A night view of Jal Mahal is highly recommended as the lighting here is out of the world.
Now comes the 'TRIO OF FORTS', that is Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Amer.
There are three options to reach Nahargarh/Jaigarh fort:
1.) Book a taxi from your hotel or from some other place.
2.)Book an auto/tempo(which you usually get near Jal Mahal)
3.)Drive your own vehicle(owned/rented)
We chose the second option and reserved an auto for INR 400/-, a return journey to Nahargarh Fort(we were 3 people and we skipped Jaigarh fort).
The route to Nahargarh fort takes you through dense forest and sometimes it's hard to believe that you are in Jaipur! On your way to the fort you'll see surprising views of the Jal Mahal, I would recommend you to stop your vehicle and spend some time at any such point(see my pictures above).
The Nahargarh fort is one of its kind! From antiques to complete view of city, from spectacular rooftop to a beautiful ground floor.
Next in line, the Amer fort is well connected by public transport, you can board a bus from Railway station/Jal Mahal/Hawa Mahal. This majestic fort with green waters outside and stairway that seems to be unending gives you best of the views. Go get an entry ticket and reach out every look and corner of the fort, everything here is photogenic(you can get great background for your pictures here!)
Note: There is a light and sound show in Amer fort(timings vary according to season), which takes you back in time and trace the events till date. The ticket price for light and sound show is INR 250/-.
After the light and sound show and night view of Jal Mahal, our day ended full of memories and photos.
Points to REMEMBER:
1.)If you're a student don't forget to carry your I-card because it will ensure a 90% discount on every entry ticket.
2.)I would recommend you to use public transport as much as possible and walk in the city, it will bring you closer to the local culture.
3.)Though I did not do this, I would suggest you to go Jantar Mantar(near by Hawa mahal) on your very first day and get a combo ticket which will cover everything(total 8 in number) from forts to museums at a far cheaper price.
4.)You get a bike/scooty on rent only in INR 300/- for a day, I would suggest get one and cover the far away places like the 3 forts with it(it will save a lot of money).