The Amber Fort and palace that sits atop a hill located at the outskirt of the Jaipur city from a distance of 11 kilometers.
Amber Fort or Amer Fort reflects the finest specimens of Hindu and Muslim style of architecture. Prior to shifting of the capital to Jaipur, the Amber Fort was the fortress of the then ruling tribe of the Kachhawa clan in Amber. The original fort was a part of the Jaigarh Fort and linked to it via fortified passages, though these both are regarded as a single structure. These passages were used to escape at times of war or enemy attack. The construction of the palace complex that we see today was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century, while renovations were carried out by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century.
Amer fort that epitomizes the glorious heritage of Jaipur is carved out with white marbles and red sandstones. The fort is also called Amber, a name that suits its golden-brown color. The phenomenal interiors of the Amer Fort are influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim manner of ornamentation. One can still find the distinct Mughal architectural influence in the parapets of the fort. The outer appearance of the Fort being rough and rocky is totally different from its inner settings which provides a soothing and warm ambiance. It also consists of a series of four courtyards, palaces, halls, and gardens.
As you ascend the slope you can see the magnificent views like the dips and curves of the surrounding hills and valleys of the Aravali range, overlooking a stunning view of the Maota Lake and the sheer glance of the fort up above. The major attractions of Amber fort are the Shila Devi Temple and the ‘Ganesh Pol’ which is a gate that leads to the private palaces of the kings. There is also Suhaag Mandir, Kesar Kyari, Dil-e-Aram’ Garden that draws a lot of observing eyes.
- Elephant Ride
You can enter this grand fort by either climbing up through the imposing ramp or there are elephants to ferry people to and from the palace with a royal feel. The experience of ascent and descent to the Amber Fort is not only more interesting, but also memorable. You can find these beautifully clad elephants at the foot of the climb decked up in regal style. These elephants are painted in beautiful colors of pinks, blues, and yellows, their heads are decorated with vibrant designs and heavy silver jewelry and they are richly draped with colorful clothes with comfortable cushions and canopies fastened onto their backs. The female elephant’s sports anklets with silver bells.
- Sheesh Mahal
Sheesh Mahal has mirror mosaics and colored glasses all over. When a single candle is lit inside the Mahal, its reflections in the thousands of mirrors make it appear like thousand stars. It is also known as or Jai Mandir or the hall of victory houses the collections of different sculptures.
- Sukh Niwas
Opposite to Jai Mandir is situated the majestic Sukh Niwas or the hall of pleasures which has intricate sandalwood door made of ivory. A classical dance program also happens in the evening in Sukh Mahal.
It is the hall for a public audience that today serves as an art gallery. Here you can see beautifully painted ceilings of the hall and the ancient handwritten original manuscripts of several Hindu scriptures.
- Rs. 550 for foreign tourists and Rs.100 for Indians
- Light Shows: In English: Rs. 200.00 and in Hindi: Rs. 100.00
- Elephant Ride for two person Rs. 900/-
- 9 am – 6:30 pm daily
- Light Shows Timing: In English: 7.30 pm and in Hindi : 8:00 PM
- Elephant ride: 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
How to reach
The local bus to Amber starts at Ajmeri Gate and MI Road which will take around twenty minutes to reach the Fort. You would enter the fort through the Sun Gate, Suraj Pol and would initially reach the main courtyard named Jaleb Chowk. From there, the best way to visit is to take the elephant ride to go on the top of the hill. You can also go by jeep, golf cart, or take your own vehicle.
Best time to visit
Best time to book your trip is between October and March to save yourself from scorching heat. These six months are the best time to visit Jaipur as the weather becomes so pleasant.
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