I have often been asked where to watch sunset in Jaipur and also best place to watch a sunrise? I wrote a few posts on best sunrise places in Jaipur and you can find all of them listed here. To be honest, I haven’t been able to explore all sunset points in Jaipur because work keeps me occupied in the office during sunset. I have wanted to explore various sun set points in Jaipur but it is difficult to find time to do so. However, I was lucky to be able to manage time to visit Nahargarh Fort during sunset this summer. With an impending work in the old city area of Jaipur, I decided to club it with a visit to Nahargarh Fort, famous for the great sunset views.
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I have visited Nahargarh fort during the sunset hours few years ago. Here is a picture from the last visit.
Because of unmanageable crowd near Padao bar which is famous for Nahargarh fort sunset, I made a hasty retreat. Sundays at Nahargarh Fort is always a bad idea given its popularity. And clearly, we made a wrong choice! So, this time I chose a weekday.
How to reach Nahargarh Fort?
There are two ways to reach Nahargarh Fort. First one is the most popular -through a long winding hill road which starts at the Kanak Ghati.
Second one is an old route meant for the pedestrians starting from old city area. Probably, it was designed for riding a horse! It’s a cobbled ramp which takes about 15-20 minutes for a fit person to traverse by foot.
You will get amazing views of the city on one side and Garh Ganesh temple on the other.
The pedestrian ramp ends with a gate near Nahargarh Fort sunrise point also known for the Bollywood movie Rang De Basanti shooting location which is an old stepwell or Baori.
From here one needs to walk to the palace entrance where entry ticket is available. From this gate, you will have to walk straight past the palace area of Nahargarh Fort – Madhvendra Bhawan to the other end overlooking Jaipur city. Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation runs an open air bar by the name of Padao at this point.
You can get a panoramic shot of the Jaipur city as well as stunning sunset from Padao at Nahargarh Fort. Rajasthan government and Rajasthan Tourism board has already mooted a proposal to build a Jaipur sunset point at Nahargarh Fort in the near future.
Nahargarh Fort is the most famous sunset point in Jaipur. Incidentally, it is also a popular sunrise point in Jaipur.
Is Nahargarh sunset worth a visit?
In my opinion, Nahargarh sunset is one of the best place to witness a sunset in Jaipur. There are other places too but this is the most easily accessible sunset point in Jaipur. Nahargarh Fort is considered as one the most Instagram worthy place to click pictures in Jaipur along with Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort.
Don’t you think Nahargarh Fort is a great sunset point?
Few travel bloggers have mentioned Amer Fort as the best sunset point in Jaipur. Frankly, it falls in the shadow area of Jaigarh Fort therefore sunset will not be visible from the Amer Fort.
Nahargarh Fort entry charges
There are no charges for walking up to the Nahargarh sunrise point near step-well or Baori. Charges are applicable only for the entry in the last enclosure having the palace section Madhavendra Bhawan, Nahargarh Fort wax museum, restaurant Once upon a time and Padao bar.
Do note that Nahargarh Fort is very popular among locals especially during Sundays, public holidays and the days when it rains! It is never a good idea to visit Nahargarh Fort during such times.
If you are returning from Nahargarh Fort using cobbled pedestrian ramp, do make sure that you are carrying a torch and have a company. It is best to leave a bit early from Nahargarh Fort in daylight. If you prefer to stay till late, I will suggest you to pre-hire a cab/ tuk-tuk/ auto-rickshaw for the return trip. Although, police is present at Nahargarh Fort but drink and drive is rampant. Speeding bikes and cars is another menace. These are few safety guidelines. Generally, it is safe to visit Nahargarh Fort during sunset or at night. Mobile network is available through out the cobbled pedestrian ramp but it may be an issue in many places if you are using the hill road.
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