Tour of the magnificent Amer Fort, Jaipur
When one is visiting Rajasthan, the ancient forts are not to be missed, and if it as glorious as the Amer Fort of Jaipur, there is a no way you can consider skipping it. Bollywood buffs have will remember Amer Fort from historic sagas like Jodha Akbar and Bajirao Mastani and almost fell in love with the sheer magnificence of the Fort. We certainly are a huge fan of the song “Mohe Rang do Laal”, where Deepika wooed her love with a beautiful performance outside the Amer Fort at the Maota Lake. So, when we visited Jaipur, we couldn’t have let go of the opportunity to explore the place we have read and revered so much about.
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History of Amer Fort
Amer or Amber Fort was built in the Aravalli hill ranges during the 1600s by Raja Man Singh I, and it was completed in the 1800s. The fort built with red sandstone and marble was the former capital of Jaipur with the architecture being a splendid combination of Mughal and Hindu elements.
The Fort has six main sections with courtyards of its own. It is also said to connect to the Jaigarh Fort through a secret underground tunnel, which was used an escape for the royal family during the times of war. The main village of Amer still exists at the foot the fort and is said to have more than 300 temples. The Fort’s history and eye-catching architecture attracts millions of tourists from all over the world and is definitely one of the must-visit places in the Pink City of Jaipur. The Amer Fort is about 11 kilometers away from the Pink city and it is best if you plan your visit early morning to avoid the excessive heat.
Suraj Pol and Jaleb Chowk
We had hired a guide to show us around the Amer Fort, not entirely sure if he did a great job as he skipped a couple of spots in the fort and kept rushing us during the whole tour. Our tour started at the Jaleb Chowk which is the main courtyard of the fort, where the army conducted parades in front of the Maharaja and his family. The main gate of the fort is the “Suraj Pol” through which was a built mainly as an entry for the royal processions and special guests. Today there is an option to enjoy a royal elephant ride up the hills and enter the Suraj Pol just like old times.
Ganesh Pol and Diwan-e-Aam
Climbing a few steps higher from the Jaleb Chowk, we reached the Amer Palace grounds, where the magnificent Ganesh
Before entering the palace, we took a stroll in the Diwan-e-Aam, where the Maharaja held public audiences. A small open courtyard located to the right of
Sukh Niwas and Sheesh Mahal
Ganesh Pol leads you to a beautiful Mughal garden which sadly is not accessible, but to its either side are two very important buildings of the palace: Sukh Niwas and Sheesh Mahal. “Sukh Niwas” was the private section of the king to rest on a hot summer day. The rooms were kept magnificent through the channels of water running through the building walls.
Facing the Sukh Niwas is one of the most beautiful rooms of the palace, the famous Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors). It is a perfect amalgamation of colored glasses and mirrored tiles, artistically designed into floral motifs on the walls and ceiling of the building. If the Palace was empty of crowds, we sisters would definitely
We did not get to completely explore Zenana Mahal (ladies quarter), as our guide was busy rushing us to some unknown location saying that is more interesting. The Baradari (pavilion) located in the
The next section of the fort which our guide thought was more interesting was the fort exteriors, a high wall separating the Amer village and the Aravalli hills. It was a great spot to enjoy the scenic view of the mountains, as there were not many people around. But there wasn’t any real need to skip the ladies’ quarters, we could have explored both just as leisurely. Realizing he wasn’t going to take us any further, we decided to bid adieu to our guide. He did offer to take us to a nice souvenir shop and a restaurant nearby whom he knew personally. Sensing this was just a money-making scheme we rejected his offer and headed to 1135 AD, a fine
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You can find all the information regarding the Amer fort here: https://www.amberfort.org
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