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Your Complete Guide On Jaipur Sunset From Nahargarh Fort

I have often been asked where to watch a sunset in Jaipur and also the best place to watch a sunrise? I wrote a few posts on the 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 the sunset time. 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, which is famed for great sunset views.

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I have visited Nahargarh fort on a Sunday during the sunset a couple of years ago. Because of the unmanageable crowd near RTDC Padao restaurant & bar, I made a hasty retreat. Padao Restaurant and Bar is popular among locals to enjoy the Jaipur city views and the sunsets. Sundays at Nahargarh Fort is always a bad idea given its popularity among locals. Here is a picture from that visit.

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View from sunset point at Nahargarh Fort Jaipur

How to reach Nahargarh Fort?

There are two ways to reach Nahargarh Fort.

Option one is the most popular, through a long winding hill road which starts at the Kanak Ghati.

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The road to Nahargarh Fort through the hills and forest

You need to hire a taxi or Tuk-Tuk to take you to Nahargarh Fort. In both cases, make sure that taxi or Tuk-Tuk need to wait for your return journey. Public transport/ Tuk-Tuk/ taxi is not available at Nahargarh Fort. Ideally, you should be able to hire a Tuk-Tuk-/ auto-rickshaw for Rs 300-600 for return journey+waiting time. A taxi will cost you more. During my recent visit, some tuk-tuk were available for hire at the fort but they quoted exorbitant amount. What else can we expect with cartels and lack of choice?

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Hand-painted Tuk-Tuk or Auto Rickshaw in Jaipur

The second option is an old route meant for the pedestrians starting from the old city area. Probably, it was designed for riding a horse and is a cobbled ramp which takes about 15-20 minutes for a fit person to traverse by foot. It starts at the base of Nahargarh Fort near the Nahargarh Palace Hotel. Nahargarh Road as the name suggests starts from Chandpol Bazar in old Jaipur and ends at the base of a cobbled pathway near Mount road. You can use uber or Tuk-Tuk to reach the base of this cobbled path. This is the least costly way to reach this fort.

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Walking to Nahargarh Fort on a cobbled pathway

The third option is to take a taxi/auto-rickshaw or Tuk-Tuk on your way up and walk back to the base of this fort via the cobbled path. Once you are back on the Mount road you can fetch either Uber/Ola cab or a tuk-tuk to the hotel. You might experience an issue in finding a Uber/Ola taxi or Tuk-Tuk from Nahargarh Road. Hiring an e-rickshaw will be easier. Do expect to pay more for your return journey.

While walking to Nahargarh Fort through this route you can enjoy amazing views of the Jaipur city on one side and Garh Ganesh temple on the other.

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Wondering how to reach Nahargarh Fort? walk your way up with beautiful views of Jaipur!

 

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Reaching Nahargarh Fort through the cobbled pathway

The pedestrian ramp ends at a gate near Nahargarh Fort sunrise point. The Baori or stepwell near this gate was featured in a popular Bollywood movie Rang De Basanti. Therefore this point is also called Rang De Basanti shooting location.

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Nahargarh Fort entry gate

 

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Baori or Stepwell near the Sunrise point in Nahargarh Fort. Masti Ki Pathshala, a famous Bollywood song was filmed
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Most popular sunrise point in Jaipur at Nahargarh Fort near Rang De Basanti Baori

From this point, you need to walk towards the palace entrance for buying an entry ticket. Go straight till you find an intersection and take the road towards your left. Follow the board which directs you to Padao Restaurant.

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You will reach the fort gate and need to buy the entry ticket. Walk straight past the palace area of Nahargarh Fort – Madhvendra Bhawan on your left to the opposite end which overlooks Jaipur city.  You will come across Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation’s open-air restaurant in Nahargarh Fort – Padao Bar prior to sunset point. The Padao entry is Rs 100 per person with a complimentary tea/coffee. The tea/coffee is of substandard quality and is best avoided!

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Panoramic view of Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

 

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Padao open-air RTDC Bar at Nahargarh Fort sunset point overlooks Jaipur city

You can enjoy the panoramic views of the Jaipur city from Padao restaurant. Kali Burj is being promoted as Jaipur sunset point by Nahargarh Fort authorities; it near Padao.

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Sunset point near Kali Burj

Nahargarh Fort is the most famous sunset point in Jaipur.

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Nahargarh Fort sunset point in Jaipur
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Tourist enjoying sunset point at Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur

Is Nahargarh sunset worth a visit?

In my opinion, Nahargarh sunset is one of the best places 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. Another option to witness a sunset in Jaipur is Sun Temple. The menace of monkeys and the long walk is a dissuader.

Read Fascinating Sunset on Sun Temple

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Beautiful sunset at the best sunset point in Jaipur

Don’t you think Nahargarh Fort is a great sunset point?

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Ain’t this beautiful? Best sunset point in Jaipur at Nahargarh Fort

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.

Here is another sunset point to visit in Jaipur: Fascinating Sunset Point You Absolutely Need To See In Jaipur

Nahargarh Fort entry charges

There are no charges for walking up to the Nahargarh sunrise point near Rang De Basanti step- ell 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. Entry to this section of Nahargarh Fort is Rs 50/per person for Indians and Rs 200 for foreign tourists.

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.

Nahargarh Fort History

Nahargarh Fort was built by Maharajah Sawai Jai Singh II in the 18th century. The palace section, Madavendra Bhawan was however built much later by Maharajah Sawai Madho Singh II in the 19th century. Many people call Nahargarh Fort an abode of tigers. This is incorrect. Although the word Nahar means tiger it certainly doesn’t mean that it was home of tigers. This is a story cooked by a few guides who had little knowledge about this place. When some of the tourists started mentioning this on online forums and blogs, it became popular the world over by this name. The basic purpose of building a fortification at this site was to provide the defense to Jaipur city.

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Tourist walking down from Nahargarh fort on a pedestrian ramp

Tips & Suggestions For Your Nahargarh Fort Visit

If you are returning from Nahargarh Fort using the 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, the police are present at Nahargarh Fort drink and drive is rampant. Speeding bikes and cars is another menace. Accidents on Nahargarh road are rampant.

These are a few safety guidelines. Generally, it is safe to visit Nahargarh Fort during sunset or at night. The mobile network is available throughout the cobbled pedestrian ramp but it may be an issue in many places if you are using the hill road.

Do not visit the overpriced Nahargarh Fort wax museum. It tries to replicate Madame Tussad experience but most visitors have reported it as a rip-off. It is a private venture with the space being leased out by the government.

I have heard mixed reviews of Nahargarh Fort restaurant Once Upon A Time. It is an upmarket restaurant.

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Once Upon A Time at Nahargarh Fort

Instagram is full of pictures with people walking on the ramparts of Nahargarh Fort. Please note that it is not safe to do so. The construction of rampart is old and it damaged in some sections. For your safety it is important not to climb or walk over it; losing balance means a free fall of a few hundred feet! A few comments & likes on Instagram is not worth the pain!

Check out –  Most Popular Sunrise Points in Jaipur  and Fascinating Sunset Point You Absolutely Need To See In Jaipur

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111 thoughts on “Your Complete Guide On Jaipur Sunset From Nahargarh Fort

  1. Sunset at Nahargarh is definitely a thing to do. Earlier in Feb this year I had visited Jaipur for the the thrird time and finally went to Nahargarh. The drive is really good and we did get to spend time at Padao which was on our list. In fact it was a great sundowner .

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    1. Happy to know that you have experienced sunset at Nahargarh Fort recently. Getting time to spend at Padao watching the sun go down is definitely a privilege. Do you keep visiting Jaipur frequently?

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    1. Somali, very few people choose to walk through this ramp. Most people opt to drive to Nahargarh Fort. This baori is actually of a huge size and was featured in this famous Bollywood movie. I’m sure you would have seen Masti ki Pathshala song in Rang de Bansati.

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  2. So lovely to hear about Nahargarh Fort again, Arv. From what you’ve shown us, this looks like a spectacular sunset place with panoramic views. Interesting to hear you say it’s crowded when it rains? Why is that? I was thinking when it rains, it rains torrentially and it would be hard to get around…but then again maybe when its forecasted to rain, there is lovely cloud cover and the chance of a more colourful sunset 🙂

    Like you, I’m usually in the office when sunset comes around here in Melbourne. Now that we are heading into summer and the days gets longer, the sun sets much later in the night and that’s when I need to be at home, lol. Sometimes chasing the sunset takes a lot of effort and work 🙂

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    1. Mabel, we have a long scorching summers here in Jaipur with temperatures swelling all the way to 46-47 C . Average day time temperature is around 42-43 C. Monsoon -rainy season brigs in respite. That’s why people love rains. In any case we don’t have torrential downpour. We have short burst of showers. Also, these hills are covered with low flying clouds and it is lush green. In short, good weather to go out and enjoy!

      Will look forward to your sunset captures, then? Thanks for sharing your perspective, Mabel! 🙂

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      1. I wold really like to experience India kind of summer weather some day. Here in Melbourne our summers usually reach the mid-30s, not usually 40’C but the air here is dry like an oven 😀

        Maybe more sunset photos to come over here 😀

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      2. Oh! I did forget to tell you. We too have oven like dry air…. feels like blowing straight from a furnace!

        Indian summer? Sounds like a name of some movie!! LoL!

        Will look forward to your pictures of sunset. 😊

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      3. Ha ha. Never knew that India is so popular… what if it’s just a association with summer! There’s so much you get to know from fellow bloggers sitting in a different part of the world. Thanks for this info, Mabel!

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    1. Yes it’s steep but I must give credit to the engineer who constructed it. Doesn’t demand too much energy. I’m sure you too can walk up easily. I guess it takes me around ten or twelve minutes. Worth it…. completely!

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  3. You were part of WW in last week as well? How come i missed it! I usually try to go through all the entries! Well never late than ever…
    Sunrise/sunset watching can be magical! It always leaves me with sense of peace…
    I have heard a lot from my friends about Jaipur the grandeur and history it carries within and the diverse beautiful culture. I feel my tendency to increase and my longing to visit that place is raising on a magnitude!

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    1. Just started, Keerthi! Saw some fellow bloggers posting for WW. Till recently, I was doing Skywatch Friday. I think you should visit Jaipur…there’s a lot to explore and click! Have you been taking part in WPC?

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  4. What a great spot for a sunset, Arv. I like the series of photographs you have shown and the advice about getting there and getting home again. This is where local knowledge counts for so much. Sunset for me is over the sea during the summer months. The only real high point is in the hills above the town, but it’s just a stopping point on the road

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    1. I have seen quite a few of your sunset pictures by the sea, Mike. We don’t have any major water body here so hills is the only drama we can add to the pictures. You don’t have any good sunset point on the hills?

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  5. What an incredible place from which to view the sunset, Arv. I can see why Nahargarh is both famous and popular. I’d love to walk up the beautiful pedestrian route but have noted your safety warnings regarding return. It’s such a shame that speeding vehicles must spoil people’s enjoyment of beautiful sites – not to mention, drinking. Thank you for the wonderful tour.

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    1. Millie, pedestrian ramp is quite safe but since it is not very popular, it makes sense to apply some safety rules! I’m sure everyone will enjoy this walk. Do you love sunset and sunrise?

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  6. Nahargarh Fort is the prime tourist spot in Jaipur renowned for its royal history blended with splendid landscape beauty and story of angel and demons. Because of its position on a hill, it presents a spectacular view of the area around its
    neighborhood.

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  7. Hi Arv
    Well written information about Nahargarh. Can you tell me one thing that if I am hiring a cab from city then also I should take a ramp ( I am a senior citizen) or should I take that cab upto the point it is allowed nearer to the sun set.
    I am a Volunteer guide at National Museum New Delhi. Next time you are in Delhi let me know .
    Warmly
    Neel

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    1. Hi! I have reverted to your query by email. I feel you should ask the taxi driver to take you to the fort by the usual route. Let me know if you have any other query. 🙂

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      1. Loved it. But I also felt that it’s too much overrated. I loved it because I love travelling and anything new gives me joy. But objectively, it wasn’t that a great place. 😛

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      2. Yamini, Pushkar is not over rated but Pushkar fair is. It is a town which I love to visit again and again. I have been to Pushkar fair only once and I didn’t like it. It’s too commercial. Visit Pushkar any other time, it’s a laid back place. It’s so very Rajasthan yet multicultural vibe. Where else can you get that?

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