Amber Fort is also known as Amer Fort, Amber Palace, or Amber Ka Kila. Mounted on a hill in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the fort is listed as one of the 17 iconic tourist sites in India by the Ministry of Tourism.
Now a fort, the site was originally a palace since it was the residential unit of the royal family of Rajasthan. The area of Amber Fort is large; so much so, it takes around 90 minutes to complete the tour.
Visiting hours at the fort are from 8am-6pm; but the sight after sunset is amazing to behold - it is when the fort lights up. One of the places to get the best view is the rooftop place. An unmissable landmark of Jaipur, Amber fort has many major attractions like Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol, Diwan-e-Aam and Sheesh Mahal, etc.
Brief history of Amber Fort
Amber Fort built by the Meena’s in the medieval period have either been replaced or destroyed. The current Amber Fort, was structured in the early 1600s under the reign of Raja Man Singh I.
The impressive edifice built by the Rajput’s are very well preserved.
Major Attractions of Amber Fort
Personal chamber of the King, Sukh Niwas has a mechanism that keeps the premise cool even during peak summer hours. The walls are engraved with Mughal architecture.
Is the main entrance that leads the entry toward the personal quarter of Kings and Queens. In the old world, only significant people were allowed an entry beyond the gate. Ganesh Pol is the most photographed location and one of the primary attractions of Amber fort.
Is a court where the King used to summon his administrative officials and appear before significant people during rosy occasions. Built in the late 16th century, pillars of Diwan-e-Aam are built using red sandstone and white marble.
Also known as Diwan-e-Khas, is a place where the King would only meet close and important people. As per the Urdu language, ‘Sheesh’ refers to mirrors. Therefore, the walls and ceilings of the mahal are covered with millions of tiny mirrors. At night, these mirrors reflect the light of a wick or torch, resembling stars in the sky.
Other Major attractions inside Amber Fort are the Amber Fort Elephant Ride, Amber Fort tunnel, Zenana Deori, Jaleb Chowk and Nakkarkhana, etc.
Amber Fort Entrance fee :
Foreign Tourist - INR 500
Indian Tourist - INR 100
Amber Fort operning timings :
10 AM to 5 PM everyday
Amber Fort visit duration :
Approximate 2 to 3 hours
Amber Fort best known for :
History, Photography, Elephant ride experience, surrounding views
Elephant Ride Cost in Amber Fort:
INR 1100 Per Elephants (2 People)