Amer Fort, also called by different other names like Amber Fort, Amer Palace and Amber Palace, is among the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Rajasthan. Located 11 kilometers away from Jaipur city, Amer Fort is a majestic fort reflecting the historical stories of the Rajput rulers in the Mughal era of India. In this blog we have mentioned everything about Amer Fort in Jaipur, for you to have a fantastic trip to the gigantic palace.
What is the History of Amer Fort?
Amer Fort, situated near the marvelous Maota Lake, was built by Maharaja Man Singh I in the year 1592. Maharaja Man Singh was leading the Mughal Emperor at that time and Amer was the capital of the Princely states of Jaipur. The town was earlier named Ambikeshwara which was eventually changed to Amer or Amber. The foundation stone was established in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh and the construction was completed under the reign of Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. Not just years, it took around two centuries to build the brilliant structure.
With passing years, the successors on the throne added contribution to the fort’s construction before the capital was moved to Jaipur in the year 1727. The fort was the result of the consistence efforts made by the three consecutive kings who followed Raja Man Singh. In 2013, the fort got the recognition of a World Heritage Site of UNESCO. Amer Fort’s architecture is a brilliant blend of Rajput and Mughal building styles.
How to reach Amer Fort?
Take a bus
The easiest and most convenient transportation option to reach Amer fort is taking a bus. You will get buses at frequent intervals from Hawa Mahal that goes to Amber Fort/Amer Fort. Though the buses remain crowded, still it is considered an affordable option at only INR 15-30. Air-conditioned buses are also available in the route.
Hire an Auto Rickshaw
If bus is not a good option for you, you can hire an auto to reach Amer Fort. The auto rickshaw will charge you INR 500 for a return trip to Amer Fort. Yes, he will wait while you explore the gigantic fort!
Despite being a little expensive, taxi or private cab can be the most comfortable mode of transport to reach Amer fort. If you know how to bargain, you can settle the deal for around INR 800.
Be a part of a tour
If you don’t want the hassle of worrying about the transportation facilities to Amer Fort, you can reach out to the tour operators in the city or outstation tour agents who arrange Amer Fort tour for tourists.
What is the entry fee for Amer Fort?
- For foreigners: INR 500
- For Indians: INR 100
- For a night entry to the fort: INR 100 for each person (Both Indians and Foreigners)
- Children below the age of seven and students get discounts.
- You can also buy tickets online.
What are the timings to visit Amer Fort?
You can visit Amer Fort:
- Daytime: 8:00am-5:00pm
- Night: 7:00pm-10:00pm
- Light Show starts at 7:00pm in the evening every day.
What is the ideal time to visit Amer Fort?
The best time of the day to visit Amer Fort would be either the early opening hours or closing hours. It depends on your preferences as if you want to see the light and sound show, you should plan the tour for the evening and if your preference is exploring the magnificent fort in full daylight. Plan so as that Amer Fort is your first stop of the sightseeing tour.
How much time does it take to explore all of Amer Fort?
Amer Fort or Amber Fort is a vast structure that will at least take you 3 to 4 hours to explore. Planning your day likewise will let you see everything, the ancient hallways and the rooftops.
What things do you carry handy while going to Amer Fort?
- Do not forget the camera.
- Have a bottle of water as the water available at the café at the top of the fort is quite expensive.
- Hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sunlight
- Carry a backpack.
How to reach the top of the Amber fort?
You can walk to the gates of Amber Palace or Amer Fort
The way to the top of the palace is made steep but it is indeed an amazing walk with all the natural landscape around. It will take around 20 minutes to reach the top of the palace. However, be careful of the local kids begging and harassing tourist for money. Look out for a snake charmer on your way up to the palace. On reaching Jaleb Chowk, get your tickets and enter the fort.
Ride an elephant to the fort gates
We do not encourage this at all! There are men who take you to the topmost of the Amer fort on the back of an elephant and it is entertaining and fun experience for many tourists but once you know the process of training the elephants are given, you will never want to have an elephant ride. The elephants are tamed and tortured to follow their masters. If you just want to have a closer look at the wild animal, visit an elephant sanctuary.
Over the last few years, most tourists do not prefer taking the amber Fort elephant ride and once all of us stop doing this, the torture to these innocent animals will also stop.
Get a jeep to reach the fort gates
Instead of riding an elephant, taking a jeep is a much better option. You will find jeeps parked down the fort. They charge around INR 300 for a round trip to the trip for up to five people. Affordable! You will have an hour’s time to explore the fort before returning back.
Take the golf cart
You also have the option of the Amer fort golf ride that costs around INR 40 for one way. It starts from the elephant boarding point and takes you to the main square of Amber palace, Jaleb Chowk.
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