Amber Fort: About, Time, History, Activities, Price
Built in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, Amber fort is one of the most famous forts among the other forts in Rajasthan. Travel freaks consider this fort in their Jaipur sightseeing tour. It is famously known as Amer palace, situated in Amber, 11 km away from the heart of Jaipur city. It was built in the middle of the 16th century using marble, red sandstone, and pastel tones of Maotha Lake, adding beauty to the fort. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a significant place among India’s Ministry of Tourism’s "17 Iconic Tourist Destinations”, and it's at the top of the "Hill Forts of Rajasthan” cluster.
Amber fort represents the architectural styles of Rajput and Mughal which are rare designs. As a result of this, many kings and rulers of that era made Amber Fort their prime destination to visit the place. Though the fort looks magnificent, it has ancient construction with numerous palaces, halls, beautiful gardens, courtyards, massive gates, walkways, and painted walls. It also features an essential harvesting and drainage system. It is enough for the visitors to stop by here and get more glimpses of the fort. The Indo-Islamic style is an attraction for the audience.
Though the final construction was in 1592, before that, the fort had constant renovation during the Rajput ruler region. Later the descendants of Sawai Jai Singh and Raja Man Singh gave the last touch to the citadel. For the settlement of the Amber, Alan Sign was the first to build the fort in 967 CE and was the ruler of the Chanda clan of Meenas, which is a pleasant view to look forward to in the coming year.
The other forts - Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Forts, were constructed near the Amber Fort by Sawai Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh II. For safety purposes, an underground tunnel connects Amber Fort and Jaigarh Fort. The Hindu- Islamic style of architecture embossed on the fort’s construction with evidence of Rajput and Mughals styles.
Exploring the fort:
Amber Fort's architectural replica makes it difficult for the audience to navigate their way into the Fort. The fort consists of four floors and a courtyard. Suraj Pol (Sun Gate), the main entrance gate leading to the front yard.
1. First Courtyard
The main entrance has a few stairs leading them to Jaleb Chawk. The fort has a Shilla Devi Temple right next to this courtyard. It is the place where King's troops gather and parade. On the opposite side is the second gate, known as Chand Pol.
2. Second Courtyard
The second courtyard is the yard where King used to hear the nation's issues, also known as Diwan-e-Aam (The Hall of Public Audience). The infrastructure of the courtyard comprises massive marble stone walls with magnificent stonework, elephant head cravings, and a lovely archway.
3. Third Courtyard
The third courtyard leads to Diwan-e-Khas, also known as Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), the name implies that the room has many flashy mirrors. The doorway consists of Lord Ganesh-related artwork (The Elephant-Head God). Opposite it lies the Sukh Mahal (The Hall of Pleasure), where Kings used to rest with their queens.
4. Fourth Courtyard
This courtyard is utilized by the Queens, who used to hold meetings in the hall. It's known as Zenana Mahal (Hall of Royal Women). Numerous queen's rooms used to ring in the courtyard around the hall.
Timing And Cost of the fort:
Normal timing to visit the fort is between 8:00 am to 5:30 pm during the day. But the fort being part of the Jaipur Night Tourism Program the time differs from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The Jaipur taxi services fare for 8 hours can differ on the choice of the vehicles, also the Jaipur sightseeing taxi for half a day cost different.
The cost for entry varies for Indians and Indians i.e., INR 25 and INR 10 per person respectively. Though entry cost varies for foreign nationals and foreign students being INR 200 and INR 100 per person respectively. The cost for the Elephant ride in the fort remains the same for both Indian and foreign I.e., INR 900 per person.
Activities at the Fort:
The ancient Indio-Islamic architecture is quite an attraction for visitors to not come and take a tour of the palace. The most common activity to involve in their Jaipur sightseeing tour is the Elephant ride enjoyed by the Royals in the past. Moreover, the visitors can enjoy trekking around the Great wall of Amber. The Kesar Kyari Garden, on the Maotha lake, at the foot of Amber fort is filled with greenery and an amazing view which is not to be missed in your Jaipur holidays. Foreigners can enjoy and take many souvenirs from the shopping for handicrafts made by the locals.
Light and Sound Show:
In the Jaipur Night tour, there is a performance of a light and sound show at the Kesar Kyari, on the Maotha Lake, at the step of Amber Fort, showcasing the history of Jaipur city. The show beings at 7:30 pm for Foreigners in English and 8:30 pm for Hindi-speaking audiences. It's advisable to reach the place 25 minutes before the show. It's a 50-minute show. One should not miss the opportunity to watch a historical presentation of ancient stories.
In Jaipur 2 days tour package, the visitors can add Amber fort as their top place to visit in Jaipur. The fort gives a glimpse of the Royal history, architecture, trekking, shopping, and the light show hosted by the Fort.