Ultimate Guide Before Visiting Amber Fort in Jaipur

fort view in amer town
Amber Fort Jaipur

Amber Fort is among the best places to visit in Jaipur. It was ruled by Rajput rulers of Rajasthan. It shows the glory and glamorous lifestyle of Maharajas of Jaipur.

Amber fort is a UNESCO world heritage site which has magnificent architecture. It’s made of yellow sandstone with beautiful carvings which were made in Indo-Mughal style. It was built on a hill to protect it from invaders. This fort is surrounded by greeneries and landscapes.

After the entrance, you see some beautiful pigeons feeding on the floor. Then after taking some footsteps, there is a lake, with many fishes where peoples feed them corn and eatables. This lake is known as “Maota Sarovar” which gets most of the water in monsoon season. A mirror image of the fort in this lake makes it a pleasant scene.

pigeons feeding at amer fort jaipur
Pigeons at the entry gate

Now comes a garden, where we relax for a few minutes then headed upstairs. Jaipur is one of the hottest places in Rajasthan. Sometimes, Its temperature reaches 45℃ to 50 ℃. So, better to prepare well before visiting this city.  

The way to go upstairs is not easy as stairs have wide gape. You get tired even after some time. As you go upstairs, you can see more and more beautiful views. The lake, garden, and landscapes, all of the things on the way give an inspiration. Then you see an entrance gate which gives a royal feeling.

Elephant Ride at Amber Fort:

Elephants are things of attraction among tourists in the amber fort. Tourists get this adventurous elephant ride to go to the fort. Although there are some other options available like hiring a taxi and going upstairs but riding an elephant is the best one, I think.

cost of elephant ride- 1500 to 2000 INR (depends on the time of the visit)

Now after reaching on the top, all you can see is the crowd of the tourists. There is a temple in this fort known as “Shila Devi temple”. A fair is organized in navratra for 9 days.  Thousands of people come here in festival season. 

As Jaipur city is surrounded by walls, these walls can be seen from this fort. There are some gates in this fort, which are known as Jai Pol, Ganesh Pol, Chand Pol, and some other royal looking gates. This place attracts many tourists as it’s unique and shows a rich history of Rajasthan.

Sheesh Mahal is one of the best places in this fort. It's a beautiful palace with mirrors on the walls. There are some unique designs of elephants, camel and some other attractions in this palace. As it's made of mirrors so, this is known as sheesh mahal. The mosaics of mirror and reflection of light makes it an awesome place. No one can say that this palace was made about 400 years ago.  

sheesh mahal made of mirror in amer fort
Sheesh Mahal in Fort
Kesar Bagh in the amber fort is another thing of attraction. In the lake, which is known as Maota Sarovar, there is a garden of Kesar (saffron) where Kesar was grown.  This can be a pleasant view from the top of the fort. This is called as Kesar Kyari. 

kesar kyari at amer fort
Kesar Kyari

In the courtyard of the fort, the architecture can be experienced. Puppet shows and musicians playing some traditional instruments are other things which attract eyes. It shows the culture of Rajasthan. The palaces in this fort give a royal feeling as these are made with beautiful carvings and designs. Those panoramic views with the views of Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh forts are magnificent.

The tunnel in this fort was made to give protection from the enemy. In the time of the attack, they used a tunnel to go away from the enemies. It heads to Jaigarh and Nahargarh Fort. Now, this tunnel is blocked for security reasons. 

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History of Amber Fort:

Amber Fort was built in the 16th century. This fort has seen many rulers of Rajput dynasty over time. It was built by various rulers of Kachawaha dynasty including Sawai Man Singh and other rulers. As they had family relations with the Mughal dynasty, they lived without any fear of war and spent a royal life.

By the presence of Amba Mata temple, this town was known as Ambikeshwar, which is now known as Amer or amber. Amer is about 12 kilometers from Jaipur city.

Attractions of Amer Fort:

architecture of amer fort
Amer Fort Views
There are many things of attraction in this fort. Garden, landscapes, haveli’s and the traditional Rajasthani music make it a delightful place. Garden near the entrance, Landscapes all around the fort, Sheesh Mahal and haveli’s in the fort, Diwan-e-aam, and diwan-e-khaas, Shila Devi temple, Elephant ride, Musicians playing traditional Rajasthani instruments and the pleasant views from the top of the fort are attractive in this fort.

Things to Know Before Visiting Amer Fort:
  •       Take breakfast and stay hydrated
  •       Visit in the morning if possible
  •       Keep your cap/hat if it’s summer

At the exit of the gate, there are some puppet shows and musicians playing Rajasthani instruments. One of the most popular Rajasthani musical instrument is Rawan-Hatha which is made of string on a coconut shell. It sounds great pleasing music. There are some handicraft shops, where you can buy some handmade items like puppets, jewellery, and some traditional antiques. Don't forget to buy or rent a multicolor bandana (Rajasthani pagdi), which shows the culture of India. 

Ticket to Visit Amer Fort:

  • Indian tourist- 100 rs
  • Indian student- 10 rs
  • Foreigner tourist- 550 rs
  • Foreigner student- 250 rs
  • Light and sound show- 200 rs for English and 100 rs for Hindi

Timings of Amber Fort:

Time - 9 am to 6 pm
Light and sound show - 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the evening

ultimate guide given to visit amber fort in jaipur
Guide to visit the fort

As Jaipur is in the list of best tourist places in India, this is a must-visit destination if you want to experience the royalty of Rajasthan. There are some tour packages available to make your trips hassle-free. You can choose from a wide variety of services online or offline. If you want to save your time, hire a guide or ask someone who can give you proper information about the place. This is the complete guide to know before your visit to the amber fort. 

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Top 10 Things Famous in Jaipur - All About Jaipur

Jaipur is a great city to explore. There are many things to experience. This is the city famous for historical places, jewellery, handicrafts, and many more.
As tourists attract to Jaipur they visit and bring some memories from this city. Here is a list of the top 10 things Jaipur is famous for including what to do and see in the city

  • Tourism:

This city is very popular for tourism. Its rich history attracts peoples to visit Jaipur. There are some forts, monuments, and parks, which everyone would like to see. The most famous tourist places in Jaipur are Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Hawa Mahal, and the City Palace, which every tourist should visit to know about the history and royal lifestyle of Jaipur.

hawa mahal at badi chaupar jaipur
Hawa Mahal
Jaipur is famous for haveli and museums. Most of the haveli's are now turned into luxury hotels. The panoramic views of Jaipur with landscapes make it a great destination for tourists.

  • Handicraft:

Jaipur is famous for handicraft. Hand-made Clothes, antiques, carpets, and many more things are famous in Jaipur. Especially clothes made of traditional khadi and antiques attracts many Foreigner and Indian tourists to buy something from the pink city.

Peoples travel to Jaipur for its wide variety of handicrafts.
Apart from all this, sculptures made up of marble are no doubt things of the strike.

sculptures in jaipur made of marble at delhi highway
Sculpture made of marble
Where to Find:

Handicraft shops are located near Ramgarh mode, Jalmahal, and some other places. You can hire a tour guide to know more about such handicraft shops and galleries.

  • Blue Pottery:

This is an art, in which pots and ceramic items are being painted in an extremely fascinating style. These pots look magnificent with some elegant colors. This is a very old art of Jaipur which was brought to India by a former ruler of Jaipur, Sawai Man Singh. Blue pottery of Jaipur is famous in India.

an art shop near sindhi camp jaipur
Art shop in Jaipur
Where to find:

At shops near to popular places like Badi chaupar, Jalmahal, sindhi camp, and some other tourist places. 

  • Shopping:

Many tourists come to Jaipur and want to buy something as a memory. Right. Things you can buy from Jaipur, are Clothes, leather bags and shoes (traditional Rajasthani mojdi), carpets, wooden toys, handmade items, and some antiques. Jaipur is also famous for lac bangles which you can buy from local street markets. For those who like paintings, they can buy it from art shops. 

Markets in Jaipur is well organized so it’s easy to shop in Jaipur. There are specific markets for relevant items.

Markets for shopping:
Near Badi chaupar, Jauhari Bazar, Chandpole, Raisar plaza for electronics, and cloth market near ajmeri gate and Bapu Bazar.

  • Food:

If you are a food lover, then Jaipur is the best place to try something delicious. You can try spicy namkeen, kulhad lassi, kachori or maybe some mouth-watering street food. Kachori is one of the best street food in Jaipur.

Jaipur is also known for sweets. One of the sweet “Ghevar” is famous in Jaipur. This is a sweet cake made of mawa. Street foods like Pani Puri, kachori-samosa, and chole-kulche, are tasty and mostly available at every street corner.

Where to eat:

You can try namkin at the amber town, kulhad lassi on MI road, and try kachori near Rajmandir cinema. A resort, “Chokhi Dhani” is so famous among tourists as it’s themed on a village style traditional resort. It's a good place to know the rajasthani culture.

  • Theatre:

Watching a movie in a theatre is awesome. Isn’t it? There are many theatres in Jaipur where you can watch movies.
Jaipur has a theatre which is one of the largest theatres in Asia. This is also known as “pride of Asia”. Name of the theatre is “Rajmandir”. This is the oldest and most popular theatres of India.

Rajmandir cinema hall in jaipur rajasthan
Rajmandir cinema hall, jaipur
Play theatres like Ravindra Manch and some others are also good places to watch live plays by some brilliant artists.  This is an amazing place for entertainment in Jaipur.

  • Activities:

The activities tourists can experience in Jaipur are light and sound show at amber, exploring city markets, elephant and camel rides. Other than these, adventurous activities like hot-air-balloon ride also attracts the tourists who have some extra budget to experience the city from the top.

Apart from this, cultural activities including puppet shows, traditional Rajasthani dance are other things to experience in the city. Tour packages can be good options for those who don’t know where to find such activities.

  • Wildlife:

Wildlife parks and zoo are worth to visit. The places to experience wildlife in the city are Jaipur zoo, Nahargarh biological park, Jhalana leopard reserve.

For bird and crane lovers, there are some places like chandlai lake, Nehru bal udhyan, and many more, where diverse species of birds and cranes can be seen.

flamingo at a lake in jaipur
Flamingo at a lake

  • Events:

As Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, different kind of events is being hosted in Jaipur. From past years many cultural, artistic, and other events attract visitors to Jaipur.

Paper lantern festival in jaipur at jalmahal
Paper Lantern Festival
As famous celebrity and artists give a performance, these events can be memorable. Some other public festivals like paper lantern festival, Dussehra festival, and Teej festival are famous,  as it shows religious traditions of Rajasthan.

How to know about such events:

Search on the internet, facebook groups, blogs and also read the local newspaper to know about such public events.

  • Jewellery:

Jaipur is famous for Jewellery. Artists from Jaipur gives a special touch to jewellery designs. Jewellers from Jaipur are famous for fine work. The work and finishing are unique and adorable.  Jauhari bazar is a specific market for jewellery.

These are the most famous top 10 things in Jaipur which every tourist should experience in 2019. After visiting this city, you will find that Jaipur is an awesome place to visit in India.

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