Amber Fort (Amer Fort) located over the village of Amer, Rajasthan, India. Amer was the capital of Rajasthan originally till the 18th century, but Amber fort according to the dates it was constructed in the 16th century by the RAJA MAN SINGH I. This fort is on the high hilltop, the outskirts of Jaipur city. This fort is worth visiting as it was built by the grand architecture that blends the unique beauty of Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Muslim), this fortress looks more like a palace than a fort. This fort is preserved from the glorious days when Rajput rulers were ruling in Rajasthan.
SIGNIFICANCE of Amer fort
As Amber fort is the jewel of the Jaipur city. Once Amber was the princely city of Jaipur, Amber Fort was the residence of Rajput rulers. Raja Man Singh, I, the king of Kachwaha led its construction in 1592. As the entire fort was built in over 100 years, the whole construction was the effort of the Raja Jai Singh I and Sawai Jai Singh II. This fort is also well known as the Amber Palace, this fort is built is made with the shades of honey and marble and red stone and the beautiful lake (Maota Lake) adds more charm to the entire fort. Amber fort was declared the world’s heritage site by UNESCO in 2013.
EXPLORING THE WAY TOWARDS THE FORT
This palace has four separate sections each section has its own courtyard and entries gate its own majestic history. But the east-facing gate is the main entrance to Amber palace and as its position is towards the rising of the sun so the main entry is the sun gate (Suraj pol) which opens toward the main courtyard, where the march of the army took place for their king.
This gate also allows the elephants to go through because the palace lies on the top of the hill. The Jaleb Chowk will lead us to the main grounds of the palace, on the right of the straight steps there you will see Sila Devi Temple, the second famous courtyard, above the Ganesh pol or Ganesh gate is the Suhag Mandir where the ladies of the royal families use to watch the functions held in the Diwan-i-aam through Jalis (latticed marble window).
The third courtyard includes the Sheesh Mahal and the Sukh Mahal (Hall of pleasure). And if we talk about the most famous attraction here is the Magic flower, it’s the fresco which is carved out of marble. Tripolia gate which gives access from west to the palace. This gate opens in three different directions one towards the Jaleb Chowk,
Man Singh Palace, and to Zenana Deorhi. The Lion Gate was one of the guarded gates as it leads towards the private quarters. The fourth courtyard includes the Zenana Deorhi where the women of royal families lived.
HOW TO REACH Amber FORT?
As the Amber fort is located outside Jaipur, around 13 kilometres (8miles) or 20 minutes northeast from the pink city, near the JAIGARH FORT, Which is on the road and will lead out of the town toward Delhi and Agra.
Through Air– Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport which is 12km away from the city and by cabs you can reach Amer fort.
Through rail– as many cities are connected to Jaipur by train. It 13Km distance from Jaipur Junction Railway station and now by cab you can reach the Amber Fort.
Through road– to go to Amber fort within the Jaipur you can hire any taxi or car, but the public bus to Amber fort starts at Ajmer gate and MI road and this will take about 20 minutes to reach to Amber fort.
Best time to visit AMBER Fort.
Amber fort is open during all seasons from 8 Am to 5.30 pm. as the Amber fort is on the top of the hill either you can ride on elephants back which can almost cost you 1,200RS which carries two persons at a time, or by any own vehicle. The fort in the evening is quite pleasant because of evening sounds, light shows, night viewing, and dinner.
Cost and tickets:
The cost for INDIANS is 50RS and Composites tickets can cost you up to 150RS for foreigner is 250RS and composites tickets are up to 500RS, the validity of the tickets are up to two days which includes AMBER and NAHARGARG FORT, Albert Hall Museum, Jantar Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal, Sisodia Rani, and Vidhyadhar garden and Isarlat.
The cost of an elephant ride is 1,200RS which carry two persons at a time, and the timing of the ride start from morning 7 Am to 11.30 Am
NEARBY AREAS TO VISIT
- Aravalli Hills
- Jaigarh Fort (1KM by walk)
- Vijay Garh
- Anokhi museum
- Srijagat Siromaniji Temple (500m)
- Panna Meena ka Kund (1km)
- Jama Masjid/Akbari Mosque-Amer(1km)
SERVICES NEAR THE FORT
Food– there are many nearby restaurants like 1135AD 0.1 miles from Amber fort, Cafe Nescafe 0.1mile away from Amber fort, Kokum Bistro 0.2 mile away from Amber fort, and much more.
Accommodation– as like restaurants there are many nearby hotels like Crimson Park Heritage Hotel 0.1Km away, Umaid Haveli Hotel and Resorts 6.6Km away, FabHotel Amer Heritage Resort 3.6 Km away from Amber fort.
Amer Fort is very well known for its cultural heritage, architecture, and historical significance. If you get any chance to visit this historic beauty just don’t miss it.
Author: Miss Rubab Nasir