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Trip to Jaipur – the Amber Fort 11 km from Jaipur – a major tourist attraction, an imposing structure




After visiting various tourist locations inside and near Jaipur such as Chokhi Dhani, City Palace, it was time to visit another incredible location for which Jaipur was famous, and this was the Amber Fort, located 11 KM outside Jaipur, and the former royal seat of the Kachhawa clan of Amber (before they decided to move to Jaipur). The fort is a magnificent structure, located at a high, and close to the Maota Lake. The Amber Fort was originally built by the Meenas in the name of Amba, the Mother Goddess. The current structure was built more than 400 years back, started by Raja Man Singh.
We reached the base of the Fort where there is a path to the top of the Hill on the original stone / concrete path. You can go on this path through either elephants that can be hired from the base or from jeeps (both of which can be hired at the base of the hill). From the path, there are a number of views such as the skyline of Jaipur, the extended walls of the Fort on the neighboring hills (which were the original city walls before the population moved to the current location).

Location of Amer Fort on Google Maps:


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If you are visiting the fort for the first time, it is recommended that you take a local guide; else, since not many of the buildings are marked, you will be at a loss to figure out what some of the older structures inside the Fort are. And there are a number of different palaces, halls, gardens, and other locations inside the Fort complex. Make sure that you do visit the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) inside the Fort.
The Fort is divided into 4 sections, with access to each of the sections from a central location through a staircase, or through a wide enough pathway. When you enter the Fort through the main gate, the first place you reach is the Jaleb Chowk, the main courtyard. Here, in the past, when a returning army would return to the city, they would be paraded in this Chowk. There is also a famous temple inside the Palace called the Kali Temple (with enormous silver lions). The fort is constructed of white and red sandstone.

View of elephant and mahout near the Amber Fort in Jaipur
View of elephant and mahout near the Amber Fort in Jaipur

Boundary wall on the hilltops near the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Boundary wall on the hilltops near the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Ramparts of the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Ramparts of the Amber Fort in Jaipur

Musicians on the walls of the Amer Fort near the entrance
Musicians on the walls of the Amer Fort near the entrance

At one of the many gateways inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
At one of the many gateways inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

View of the Diwan-i-Aam - the public audience hall inside the Amer Fort
View of the Diwan-i-Aam – the public audience hall inside the Amer Fort

An ambulance inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
An ambulance inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

View of the huge courtyard inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
View of the huge courtyard inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

People inside the Amber Fort - with some wonderfully carved buildings
People inside the Amber Fort – with some wonderfully carved buildings

View of a wonderfully carved doorway inside the Amber Fort in jaipur
View of a wonderfully carved doorway inside the Amber Fort in jaipur

View of canons outside a doorway inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
View of canons outside a doorway inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

The board for Diwan-i-Aam inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
The board for Diwan-i-Aam inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

The hall between the pillars inside the Diwan-i-Aam the Amer Fort in Jaipur
The hall between the pillars inside the Diwan-i-Aam the Amer Fort in Jaipur

The carved pillars inside the Amber Fort in the Jaipur
The carved pillars inside the Amber Fort in the Jaipur

Cross section of pillars inside a hall in the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Cross section of pillars inside a hall in the Amber Fort in Jaipur

Carvings in the shape of a flower on the wall of the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Carvings in the shape of a flower on the wall of the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Darkened view of a room with a view of the window inside the Amber Fort
Darkened view of a room with a view of the window inside the Amber Fort

View of a slightly older section of the Amer Fort in Jaipur
View of a slightly older section of the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Overhead view of the garden inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Overhead view of the garden inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur

A windows lattice work inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
A windows lattice work inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

The outer edge of the walls in the Amber Fort in Jaipur
The outer edge of the walls in the Amber Fort in Jaipur

View of an entire housing community (town) viewed from the Amer Fort
View of an entire housing community (town) viewed from the Amer Fort

View of one of the Halls inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur
View of one of the Halls inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Doorways in the wall inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur
Doorways in the wall inside the Amber Fort in Jaipur

Tourists inside one of the halls (between the pillars) in the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Tourists inside one of the halls (between the pillars) in the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Security personnel inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Security personnel inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Pigeons on the walls and windows inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Pigeons on the walls and windows inside the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Trees inside the courtyard in the Amer Fort in Jaipur
Trees inside the courtyard in the Amer Fort in Jaipur

Enhance your travel to the Pink City by referring to these Amazon books:

Lonely Planet Rajasthan, Delhi & Agra Jaipur, Rajasthan, India (Kindle) Jaipur Walking Tour (Kindle)



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