Amber (or Amer) fort is situated in Amer,  some 11 kms from Jaipur. Before Jaipur, Amer (previously Dhundar) was the known capital of Rajasthan until 1727, when Jaipur was announced as the new capital of Rajasthan. Amber fort, built on a hilltop is one of the prime attractions of Jaipur and a must visit in any travellers itinerary. It was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592; and was completed in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh. This fort is built on the remains of an 11th century fort.

The fort is also known for it’s iconic ‘Suraj Pol‘. Suraj Pol is the fort’s royal entrance that is facing the sun; also it is considered to be a classic piece of architecture as a fusion of Rajput and Mughal touch. To reach the fort, one can either walk up the hill, take an elephant ride, jeep ride, golf cart (designed as heritage cars) or even can take own vehicles (to a certain point).

Arriving the fort, only from ‘Suraj Pol’ or ‘Chand Pol’ one can enter. Both the gates leads to the main courtyard of the fort. It’s the same courtyard, where king’s army assembled and paraded around. This courtyard was named as ‘Jaleb Chowk’. Both Suraj Pol and Chand Pol are opposite to each other, people coming by car enter from Chand Pol and the rest from Suraj Pol.

Once you are at the courtyard, you will have the option of having refreshments, or guides on hire. Tickets are also to be purchased from the counter at the courtyard level only in order to tour the fort.

To the right, there are staggering stairs that take you up the Shilla Devi Temple. Goddess Shilla is an incarnation of the Goddess Kali herself. It is believed that human heads were offered to the goddess here as a part of the rituals.

Moving ahead, entering from ‘Singh Pol’ there’s ‘Diwan-i-Aim’  and the second courtyard of the fort. Diwan-i-Aim is the ‘Hall of Public Appearances’.  Here the Raja used to meet his officials, subjected his people or even celebrated the battle victories.  Also, there’s ‘Ganesh Pol’ on the courtyard itself, which leads to the third courtyard.

On the third courtyard are the Maharaja’s cribs. Entering through ‘Ganesh Pol’, the gallery takes you to the third courtyard, which also have the ‘Jai Mandir’. Jai Mandir is the hall of victory, and is known for it’s marble carvings and  walls & ceilings that’s made of mirrors. The view from the Jai Mandir is spectacular. Jai Mandir is also commonly known as ‘Sheesh Mahal’ or ‘Hall of Mirrors’. Just opposite to the Jai Mandir is ‘Sukh Niwas’, separating both is a spectacular garden in the middle.

Next is the fourth courtyard, where the Palace of Man Singh is located. The palace also has the cribs for King’s wives. It is named ‘Zenani Deorhi’, having a small hall for the queens to meet.

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Going out from exit, you will cross “Museum Gallery & Contemporary Art”, going further will take you to the city of Amber. There’s another exit from the palace, a tunnel, which connects the fort to ‘Jaigarh Fort’.

Down near the ‘Maota Lake’ (dry now) sound and light show is held in the evening.

Amber Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013.

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20 Comments

  1. simisp says:

    I am planning from long time to visit Jaipur but get occupied in something or the other… But checking ur definitely will final & visit loved ur post so well explained… Every picture is so well clicked…

  2. Nisha Malik says:

    One can’t miss visiting this fort if in Jaipur. Specially the music and light shows that happen during evening are very amusing. Thanks for this beautiful article

  3. I have been to Jaipur n number of times but haven’t been to Amber fort yet somehow because of time shortage. How long will it take to cover the entire Amber fort in real?

  4. Nisha Malik says:

    It’s a must visit place in Jaipur. I always start from this palace whenever I am in Jaipur. Specially at night, it’s another world.

  5. I have lived in Jaipur for 6 long years and this post reminded me of all the fond memories of Amber Fort. Such a bliss this fort is who wish to experience history and majesty.

  6. Amber fort is one of the historical and most beautiful fort I’ve ever seen. Right from the view , to various activities, it’s a fab place. I have stayed in Jaipur for a long time and your post made me nostalgic .

  7. I too visited here to see the beauty and culture of Rajasthan built during Akbar era by raja man Singh with royal touch. Nicely written article.

  8. I’ve been meaning to visit Jaipur since a long time, your post makes me want to materialise that plan asap! Will definitely visit Amber Fort as well.

  9. Such beautiful architecture from Indian history is amazing to explore. I love this fort as it is beautiful and has lots of things associated with kings and queens of historical times.

  10. Jaipur is really a beautiful place to visit. I have been to jaipur and I absolutely loved that place. But I didn’t visit the fort. I’m definitely going to visit this place next time I go

  11. Papri Ganguly says:

    Heard a lot about this fort. Thanks for sharing this detailed post. It would be very helpful tips for us. Lovely pictures

  12. Jaipur has been on travel list for a while now specially for all the rich heritage it has to offer. These pictures of this Amber fort is giving me major travel goals at the moment.

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