Tour of the magnificent Amer Fort, Jaipur

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  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 be connected 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 of 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

Amer fort, Jaipur
Our first view of the majestic fort
Amer fort, Jaipur
View of Amer Fort and its Suraj Pol

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” which was 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.

Amer fort, Jaipur
Jaleb Chowk
Amer fort, Jaipur
Suraj Pol

Amer fort, Jaipur

Ganesh Pol and Diwan-e-Aam

Amer fort, Jaipur
A glimpse of Diwan-e-Aam from Jaleb Chowk

Climbing a few steps higher from the Jaleb Chowk, we reached the Amer Palace grounds, where the magnificent Ganesh Pol is located. The Ganesh Pol is a medley of beautiful floral motifs painted through vegetable paints and is a finest example of Hindu and Mughal artwork. The Pol is a three-storied structure with the topmost section, “Suhag Mandir” dedicated for the ladies of the Royal Family to sit and enjoy the Royal festivities from inside through the jaalis (latticed windows).

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur
Entrance to the royal temple of Shila Devi
Amer fort, Jaipur
Entrance leading to Diwan-e-Aam
Amer fort, Jaipur
Spectacular view of Ganesh Pol and Diwan-e-Aam
Amer fort, Jaipur
The splendid pillars of Diwan-e-Aam

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 Diwan-e-Aam, is one of the best places to enjoy the view of the Maota Lake and Kesar Kyari, “Saffron Garden”, where the light and sound show is held every evening now.Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur
Kesar Kyari Bagh, Maota Lake

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur
Ganesh Pol

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur
Details of the art on the Ganesh Pol
Amer fort, Jaipur
Details of the art on the Ganesh Pol which were drawn using the vegetable dyes.

Sukh Niwas and Sheesh Mahal

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur
Sukh Niwas

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 cool through the channels of water running through the building walls.

Amer fort, Jaipur
View of Mughal garden and Sheesh Mahal from Sukh Niwas
Amer fort, Jaipur
Splendid ceilings of Sheesh Mahal

Amer fort, JaipurFacing 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 would have danced our hearts out, imagining ourselves to be princesses dressed in gorgeous royal attires. Sadly, all we could do is click a handful of decent pictures of ourselves through the hustle of excited tourists. The beauty of Sheesh Mahal will be best witnessed under the glow of candlelight as the mirrors and glasses would glitter and play in the night.

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Zenana Mahal

Amer fort, JaipurWe 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 centre of the Zenana courtyard is said to be the oldest part of the fort and was a meeting point for the King and his Queens. Surrounding the pavilion were the living quarter of the Maharaja and his 12 queens (not too much we think). Each queen had a living quarter of her own and apparently, there was a secret passage from king’s private chambers to each of the rooms so as to prevent the queens from knowing who the king was visiting ;).

Amer fort, Jaipur

Amer fort, Jaipur
Zenana Mahal
Amer fort, Jaipur
Baradari pavilion

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 dine restaurant located within the fort. And we honestly, did not regret our decision, the food here was extremely delicious and the elegant décor was the added bonus for us.Amer fort, Jaipur

Sensing this was just a money-making scheme we rejected his offer and headed to 1135 AD, a fine dine restaurant located within the fort. And we honestly, did not regret our decision, the food here was extremely delicious and the elegant décor was the added bonus for us.

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42 thoughts on “Tour of the magnificent Amer Fort, Jaipur”

  • Wow, I absolutely love the architectural details! I can’t decide if I am more in awe of the outside or the inside elements. Both are simply stunning.

  • Wow, this many photos! I love how you also took pix from close to show all the incredible details of these majestic structures. I particularly like the Suraj Pol. I’m always overwhelmed by how much there is to see in India.

    • Thank you Renata. We couldn’t resist ourselves from clicking all the pretty details and it would be a shame if we did not share it here :).

  • I took my family to India about 18 months ago and visited the Amer Fort. We took the elephant ride up, which I totally regret now after hearing about how badly they are treated. I love your photos of the fort. They are very good and provide wonderful detail of all the beautiful things to see there.

  • I was very small when I went there. I just remember it was some 15 km away from Jaipur and my dad arranged a private transfer for us. I remember the narrow walls through which I was walking up the fort. The view was epic from the top. Your blog post helped me recollect those memories. Great pictures I must say!

  • The architecture is just splendid.
    I was reminded of my visit there, over a decade ago and a lot of the details have become hazy. I remember the jeep ride up to the fort, the views and the Sheesh Mahal quite well, tho’
    These pictures bring out the beauty of the fort. Nice to see all the details of the place. I thoroughly enjoyed the tour with you guys. 🙂

  • Hello Travelling Sisters,
    That was a great read about the Amer Fort in Jaipur. Very informative. I am planning a journey through Rajasthan very shortly. Udaipur, Jaipur and Pushkar are the main places I wanted to visit. This blog helped me to get some insights about Jaipur. Thanks for sharing.

  • Wonderful post! I always see snapshots of this fort on Instagram, but I never knew how vast it was and that there’s an entire village attached to it with all those temples.. I love all the photos capturing the rich details and colors. It’s just too bad about that tour guide! I hate when they rush, and I could easily see myself spending hours at this fort – though I’d definitely skip the elephants as well.

  • I was in love in Rajasthan and it’s palaces. I haven’t seen all of the highlights but I saw the one you are mentioning. This place like a fairy tale for sure and would love to go back again to discover more. THank you for bringing me back there.

  • First of all, I love your colorful dresses! The architecture here is absolutely incredible and I’m kind of sad your tour guide rushed you around. I hate being somewhere beautiful and not getting to stand for a second to absorb and enjoy what I’m looking at. I would love to see the Sheesh Mahal as it sounds absolutely lovely and colorful. Right up my alley!

  • I visited the Amer Fort and I was fascinated. The architecture is absolutely stunning and I’m sorry to hear your guide rushed you around. That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t take one when I visited. I just did a lot of reading and research before visiting and had an even better time.

    • That s actually the best option! Guides are not always a good idea in such places, and we realised it during the tour of fort.

  • what a beautiful fort – the architecture is amazing. Unfortunately when I stopped iin India it was only for a few days in Mumbai – On my next visit i want to visit different areas and Jaipur is definitely on my list

  • Ths Ames Fort impressed me a lot! Not just because of the size, but details on each part of the fort are just amazing. Ganesh Pol is easily became my favorite with its arts and colors, and they used vegetable dyes! The ceiling and wall in Sheesh Mahal come next. How could people from that era can have this incredible imagination to build a fort like this? Pretty impressive!

  • Brilliant post, great photos. I will be in Rajasthan in August – I will be sure to check this out! Has such an interesting history!

  • Amer Fort is so beautiful. All the architectural details explains why it took over 200 years to build. I dislike it when guides try to steer you to their friends’ business and rush you through the tour. I’m glad you got to enjoy a great dinner on site.

  • I visited Amer Fort last year and absolutely loved it! The architecture and history behind it are fascinating! I see you also taken a lot of stunning pictures! Thank you for sharing this lovely article, it brought back a lot of nice memories.

  • Amer Fort is looking magnificent and has beautiful artwork all around. It is great to see all frescoes and intricate paintings on walls of the fort and I can’t believe that these vegetable dyes are still vibrant and has not become dull. Sheesh Mahal is also very photogenic.

    • The vegetable dyes are the highlight for sure, and we were surprised with the great condition knowing how old it was.

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