Amber Fort

Why To Go

Amber (Amer) Fort is located about 10 km north of Jaipur atop a hill. Amer was the capital of Kachhwaha Rajputs for 700 years (1037-1727). The majestic fort, covering an area of 4 sq. km was built by Raja Man Singh I in the year 1592. The fort looks stunning and is well famous for its aesthetic styles, straddling the hillside, reflected on the surface of the small Maota Lake. You can walk up, or take an elephant ride, which takes 10 minutes. It’s also possible to drive up from the rear portion of the fort. The structure of the fort represents the significant elements, according to Hindu belief. The fort, which is made of red sandstone and marble, is known for the intricacy of its architecture and consists of four levels. Several hundred years after its glory days, the fort still stands proud and is one of the major tourist spots in the state of Rajasthan. The fort was the main residence of the Rajput kings.

There is a lovely sandstone Diwan-i-Am and near it, Saais Katchei, a colonnade of 27 pillars where scribes used to sit. The brilliant hued gate Ganesh Pol is magnificent. The elegant floral ceiling of Jai Mandir and the tiny mirrors producing a starlight effect at Sheesh Mahal and the Sukh Niwas form the main attractions to the visitors.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the Amber Fort is during the period between October and March. The temperature is cold then, and you will not be hindered by scorching heat. The amber fort light and sound show that takes place in the evenings is absolutely stunning and should not be missed. If you are planning on taking the Amber fort elephant ride, it’s a good idea to get there as early as 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as the queues can get worse later. Although, as per the Amber fort timings, it is open till 6:00 p.m. enter the complex at least one hour earlier to enjoy your visit. Hire a guide to get to know the past history. Be sure to check out the Amber fort at night as it is beautifully illuminated, and the light reflected in the lake at the base also looks beautiful.

Things To Do

If you are planning to visit the fort at Amber, make sure that you start early and have the entire day in our hands. The sheer size of the fort demands that you will need one whole day to explore all its nooks and corners. And that too if you are fast enough. The fort is divided into four major sections, and each section has its places to visit. Right after you have entered this section, you will find the Sila Devi Temple, which was the place of worship of the royal family. The entrance to this portion is through the Ganesh Gate, named after the Hindu deity who removes all obstacles. The Jaleb Chowk is also in this courtyard. It is the place where soldiers used to assemble. There is also the famous Kali Temple, where the kings used to pray before going to a war. Once you have entered the second courtyard, you will come across the Dewane-o-aam, the court where the king used to meet with the subjects. The court has twenty-seven colonnades, each of which are intricately carved. The third portion is the palace of the kings and houses the bed chambers. The famous magic flower is also in here. The fourth section holds the jenana or the women’s quarters. The fort has several gardens within its perimeter. Be sure to watch the light and sound show that brings out the past glorious history of Jaipur and the fort. Along with it you can enjoy folk music; however, photography and video recordings are prohibited.

Getting Around

The city of Jaipur is quite well developed, and getting around is relatively easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Jaipur Airport. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are readily available just outside the airport. The distance between Jaipur Airport and Amber Fort is around 11 km. It is connected to the major airports all over the country.

TRAIN

The nearest famous railway station is at Jaipur. The rail station at Jaipur is connected to the stations in Delhi, and the other major stations across the country. From the station, you can hire taxis or private cars to reach Amber Fort.

ROAD

The Fort of Amber is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Delhi and Jaipur. You can get up on a bus from any of the principal towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to Jaipur. Alternatively, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses of various types, from luxury AC ones to non-AC ones are available from Jaipur city. A few hours drive can cover the distance between Jaipur and Delhi.

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Surrounding Attractions

After visiting the Amber Fort, do not forget to go and visit the Jantar Mantar. It was built in the 18th century to study heavenly bodies. Jaigarh Fort is also nearby and located on the Cheel ka Teela, is worth visiting. Visit the pink city i.e. Jaipur for historical past. The Nahargarh Fort, also situated in Jaipur is adorned with delicate stone carvings and speaks of the rich history of the city.
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