Jaipur Amer Fort – An Extraordinary Hilltop architectural marvel

In the Pink City of Jaipur, on top of Aravali Hill lies the Jaipur Amer Fort. It is also known as Amber Palace and is located around 11 kilometers from Jaipur city. Jaipur Amer Fort is one of the most magnificent palaces in India. The place is well known for its architecture, elephant ride, and artwork in each of the courtyards. Amer fort tourism attracts a lot of crowd every day.

Why Amer Fort is famous?

Amer Fort is well-known for its aesthetic characteristics. The fort overlooks Maota Lake, which is the principal supply of water for the Amer Palace, from its huge ramparts and system of gates and cobbled roads. The architectural style of various fort structures was heavily inspired by Mughal architecture. Are Amber Palace and Amer Fort the same? – all different names referred to the same place.

Jaipur Amer fort  Amber Palace  Sheesh Mahal Jaipur
Jaipur Amer Fort or the Amber Palace as viewed from the main road.

Who lived in Amer Fort?

Amer was originally the capital of the princely state of Jaipur, and the fort was the palace of the Rajput monarchs. On the ruins of an 11th-century fort, Maharaja Man Singh I, who led Mughal Emperor Akbar’s troops, began building in 1592. Before transferring the capital to Jaipur in 1727, successive monarchs expanded to Amber Fort Jaipur.

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Jaipur Amer Fort

Jaipur Amer Fort is split into four parts, each with its own entrance and courtyard. The ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate, which leads to the main courtyard, is the fort’s primary entrance. You may either ride an elephant upwards or take a jeep trip from the rear entrance.

The second floor of the Amer Fort is the Diwan-e-Aam (Public Audience Hall). From here you get to see the top view of the lake and the garden at the center of the lake. It is a massive hall open on three sides. The royal apartments are located in the third courtyard of the Amer Fort. Entrance to this level is through the Ganesh Pol. The most magnificent attraction in the compound is the ‘Sheesh Mahal’.

Courtyard at Jaipur Amer fort or Amber Palace
Courtyard at Jaipur Amer fort or Amber Palace

Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

The Sheesh Mahal’s walls and ceilings are adorned with exquisite floral carvings, glass paintings, and optical illusions. The ‘Sukh Mahal,’ constructed of sandalwood and ivory, is located directly across from the Sheesh Mahal.

It has numerous channels with running cold water. The ‘Magic Flower’ is another attraction of the Amer Fort. The Amer Fort’s final level was designed specifically for Royal ladies. It has a courtyard surrounded by several rooms. There is also a hall called the Jas Mandir that was once utilized for a private audience.

Jaipur Amer Fort - An Extraordinary Hilltop architectural marvel
Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

A climb further beyond this will take you to the watchtower. Not many visitors visit this place. Also, there is a museum at the peak which is another half a mile hike uphill. At the peak, you get to see the panoramic view of the fort and huge canyon that is now on display to the public.

Carvings at Sheesh Mahal Jaipur
Carvings at Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

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How much time does Amer Fort take?

If you actually want to experience the awe-inspiring Amer Fort, allow at least three hours. The fort is best visited around 4 p.m. when the sun isn’t fully above but there’s still enough light to explore.

What is the best time to visit Amer Fort?

The Amer Fort is open every day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you’re seeking the finest time to visit Amer Fort, the months of October through March are ideal. During these months, the temperature is rather nice and cool.

Jaipur Amer Fort - An Extraordinary Hilltop architectural marvel
Old paintings and artwork at Sheesh Mahal Jaipur

Which is better Amer Fort or Nahargarh?

Nahargarh may appear to be an unusual pick in a city of larger forts, but it provides relative seclusion, especially when compared to the crowded Amber Fort. Nahargarh, which is lighter and more golden in hue, also offers something that the other two more prominent Jaipur forts do not: unobstructed views of downtown Jaipur. So, if time allows, I would recommend visiting both locations.

Jaipur Stepwell

Our first stop is ‘Panna Meena ka Kund’ (Stepwell) built in the 16th century. Jaipur Amer Fort / Amber Palace has a traditional Hindu Rajput style of architecture. It’s composed of marble and red sandstone, and it has a rustic, enigmatic aspect. Portraits of important Rajput rulers and paintings in old hunting techniques are prominently visible.

Stepwell at Amber Fort
Stepwell on the way near second entrance to Amber Fort (Jeep route)

Hotels near Amber Fort, Jaipur

There are multiple hotels near Amer fort from budget hotels and hostels starting with a price tag of 600 rupees to the expensive ones that will cost you around 9000 rupees which is in close proximity to the Amber fort. There are hotels in this area with a view of the fort.

To conclude, the Jaipur Amer fort is one of the best places to visit if you would like to witness true historical architecture. It is also listed in the UNESCO heritage sites. Once you visit this place, the feeling that you get would be more like going back in time and witnessing the royal palace. Watch this video till the end and support my work by SUBSCRIBING to my YouTube channel.

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