Amber Fort
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Brief

Amber (Amer) fort is about 10km north of Jaipur, Amer was the capital of Kachhwaha Rajputs for 700 years (1037-1727) and is beautiful near-golden for-palace that tops the city. The majestic fort built by Raja Man Singh I in the year 1592. The fort looks stunning, stradding the hillside, reflected on the surfacfe of the small Maota Lake. You can walk up if your are fit, or take an elephant ride, which takes 10 minutes. It's also possible to drive up from rear portion of the fort. The structure of the fort represents the major elements according to Hindu belief. The fort is built on a high hill and overlooks the Lake Maota. The fort which is built of red sandstone and marble, is known for the intricacy of its architecture. Several hundred years after its glory days, the fort still stands proud and is one of the major tourist spots in the state of Rajasthan.

There is a lovely sandstone Diwan-i-Am and near it, Saais Katchei, a colonnade of 27 pillars where scribes sat. The brilliant hued gate Ganesh Pol is magnificient. The elegant floral ceiling of Jas Mandir and the tiny mirrors producing a satarlit effect at Sheesh Mahal, the Sukh Niwas and the Jai Mahal are the main attractions.

The most popular language is Rajasthani. Other language spoken here is Marwari and Dhundari.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit the Amber Fort is during the period between October and March. The temperature is cool then and you will not be hindered by scorching heat.

The amber fort light and sound show that takes place in the evenings is almost a necessity for anyone visiting the fort.

If you are planning on taking the Amber fort elephant ride its good idea to reach there as early as 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. as the queues can get really bad later.

Although as per the Amber fort timings, it is open till 6:00 p.m. enter the complex atleast one hour earlier to enjoy your visit.

Be sure to chek out the Amber fort at night as it is neautifully illuminated and the light reflected in the lake at the base also looks beautiful.



When to visit

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Things to do

If you are planning to visit the fort at Amber, make sure that you start early, and have the entire day in our hand. The sheer size of the fort demands that you will need one whole day to explore all its nooks and corners. And that too if you are fast enough. The fort is divided into four major sections, and each sections has its own places to visit. Right after you have entered this section, you will find the Sila Devi Temple which was the place of worship of the royal family. The entrance to this portion is through the Ganesh Gate, named after the Hindu deity who removes all obstacles.

The Jaleb Chowk is also in this courtyard. It is the place where soldiers used to assemble. There is also the famous Kali Temple where the kings used to pray before going to a war. Once you have entered the second courtyard, you will come across the Dewane-o-aam, the court where the king used to meet with the subjects. The court has twenty seven colonnades each of which are intricately carved.

The third portion is the palace of the kings and houses the bedchambers. The famous magic flower is also in here. The fourth section holds the jenana or the womens quarters. The fort has several gardens within its perimeter.

 
Getting Around

The city of Jaipur is quite well developed and getting around is fairly easy. The public transport system is quite good. There are plenty of buses. You can also move about by renting a car. Car renting services are fairly numerous and comes at a reasonable price.

 
Places to Stay

As a popular tourist destination, there are a large number of hotels in Jaipur where you can book your accommodations. Depending on whether you want to pamper yourself or look at the budget end of things, there are a wide variety of hotels to care to your needs.

 
How to Reach

  • If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Jaipur Airport. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Jaipur Airport and Amber Fort is around 11 km. It is connected to the major airports all over the country.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Jaipur. The rail station at Jaipur is connected to the stations in Delhi, and the other major stations across the country. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • The Fort of Amber is quite well connected by road. There are direct bus routes between Delhi and Jaipur. You can get up on a bus from any of the important towns or cities and take a bus which will take you directly to Jaipur. Alternately, you can also rent a taxi or a car for the trip. Buses are of various types, from luxury AC ones to non-ac ones. The fare varies accordingly. The distance between Jaipur and Delhi can be covered by a few hours drive.

 
Surrounding Attractions

After visiting the Amber Fort, do not forget to go and visit the Jantar Mantar. It was built in the 18th century to study heavenly bodies.

Jaigarh Fort is also nearby and worth visiting.

 
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Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102