Amer Fort, Jaipur
Amer or Amber, was the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs, of the old state of Dhundhar, for seven centuries. In the high season, this is one of India's most popular tourist sites, with a continous train of colourfully decorated elephants, walking up and down the ramp.
From the side of the main road, one can catch a dramatic view of the hilltop palace. The Palace and the Jaigarh fort shows distinct Mughal influence.
Amer Palace - A beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by Raja Man Singh, over a period of about two centuries, still stand in a magnificent state. The palace complex, emerges dramatically from the placid waters of the Maotha Lake and is approachable only through a steep path. Tourists often ride on the elephant back to the Singh Pol and the Jaleb Chowk. Two flights of stairs rise from one end of the chowk, one leading to the Shila Mata Temple and other to the palace complex. The image of the patron goddess, worshipped by thousands of devotees, was brought from Jessore in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh, to be installed here.
A spectacular pillared hall-- Diwan-e-Aam and a double storeyed painted gateway, Ganesh Pole, dominate the front courtyard. An elegant tiny garden in Charbag style, beyond the corridors, has Sukh Niwas to its right and Jas Mandir to its left. The latter combines the Mughal and Rajput architecture, seen in its beautiful interior with intricately carved Jali screens, delicate mirror and stucco work and painted and carved dadoes. The well proportioned Mohan Bari or Kesar Kyari in the centre of the Maotha Lake and the Dilaram Bagh at its north end provides a spectacular view of the palaces above.
Visit Duration : 2 to 3 hours
Visiting Time : 10 AM - 5 PM (Daily)
Entrance Fee : 550 Per Person for Foreign Tourists and Rs.100 for Indians
Famous for : History, Photography, Seeking Experience
THING TO DO AMER FORT :
- Elephant ride around the fort is a very important activity. The elephant ride ends by afternoon. So, plan ahead.
- You can also opt for four-wheel drive tour to and fro which includes one hour waiting time. It costs around 300 rupees.
- Light show at night
- Watching the illuminated fort from the bottom of the hill in the evening
- Visit to the museum and garden inside the fort
- Panoramic view from Char garden. You can view the whole city from here.
- Classical dance program that happens in the evening in Sukh Mahal. Tickets will be available in the ticket counter.
- Enjoying a meal at Surabhi restaurant inside the fort which serves various cuisines
- Enjoying puppet shows and traditional songs. These are available during dinner time.
- Turban museum is free to enter in the fort. You can find a large collection of turbans here.
- Apart from Siladevi temple, you can find a lot of temples in the palace along with old havelies.