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A day at Amer Fort in Jaipur

A day at Amer Fort in Jaipur

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I visited Amer Fort in autumn and it was a day as beautiful as can be. The golden season of autumn is in my eyes the gorgeous time in India and it brings out the best of the famed Pink City. Days dawn crisp and golden like fresh apples and they pass by in lingering coolness. Gorgeous sunsets bring in dewy evenings which spread happiness like delicious almond (badam) milk and nights are mostly starry. It is neither too hot nor too cold in autumn in Jaipur and string of festivities keep the city busy on its toes. It decks up in myriad lights as Dusshera and Diwali fill the skies with multitudes of fireworks and jasmine grows in intoxicating abundance. There is something about autumn in Jaipur which makes the beautiful city glow brighter. Its colours pop more, the smells become spicier and the streets hum with wide-eyed tourists. The cool season brings forth the rush of tourists which continue well into spring and the city shows off its beauty to the hilt. The fuchsia bougainvillea clusters which drape the old dusty pink city walls like thick curtains create riots of colour and the skies get impossibly blue. Sunshine feels good on the shoulders and cheerful vibes fill the air.

Jal Mahal is a photo stop before visiting Amer Fort
Mesmerizing Jaipur

Amer Fort memories of my last visit

A magnificent yellow and pink sandstone fort, it sat atop a rocky hillock in Amer (a small town located 11 kilometers from Jaipur) and a green water filled Maota Lake mirrored its beautiful facade. During all my years of living in the Pink City, the Amer Fort was my favourite spot and I have spent many monsoons and sunsets in that area. Many beautiful and bitter memories forever remained entangled with the stunning site and on that autumn day, I reminisced them all. With its large complex consisting of an exquisite royal palace, ramparts, cobbled paths and multiple gates, the stunning fort offered lots of empty space and it was a perfect place for retrospection. Memories flooded back as I walked in through the Suraj Pol (Sun Gate) and the expansive Jaleb Chowk (Main Courtyard) opened up a Pandora’s box. In olden days, the wide courtyard was used for returning armies to display their war spoils and the royal women used to view them from behind the discreet windows. On that day, however, happy squeals, running small feet and childish chatter from another life and time came back to me and I escaped to the Diwan-i-Aam to stop the gush of the past.

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Amer Fort is an unmissable landmark of Jaipur

How a city of such stupendous beauty and heritage could bring forth excruciatingly painful memories is an issue which I have been battling with, for long now and it was at the stunning Sukh Niwas (Pleasure Hall) that I finally laid the ghosts of the past to rest. After that, the rest of the fort became easy on the soul and on the eyes and I even walked back to the Jaleb Chowk to gawk at the repoussé (raised relief) work of the gorgeous silver doors of the small Siladevi Temple. Located close to the imposing stairway at the Jaleb Chowk, the shrine was dedicated to Sila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult and she was gifted to Raja Man Singh after he had defeated the king of Jessore. Though originally built by the Meenas, the Amer Fort was ruled by the illustrious Raja Man Singh for many years and the opulent palace had been the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families. Known for its exquisite Hindu style elements, the Amer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is one of the most important landmarks of Jaipur.

The beautiful Sural Pol of Amer Fort
It is unlike
The ancient settlement of Amer
Any other city on earth

Candlelights and mirrors of the romantic Jai Mandir

The fabulous Ganesh Pol gate is the biggest highlight of Amer Fort and it is indeed a sight to behold. Decorated with beautiful frescoes, the gate opened into the king’s private quarters and a beautiful Mughal Garden separated its 2 buildings. Exquisitely embellished with glass inlaid panels and multi-mirrored ceilings, the lovely Jai Mandir was the pleasure room of the king and every inch of it had been designed for romance. The convex shaped mirrors were decorated with coloured foil and paint to glitter in candlelight and enchanting vistas of the shimmering Maota floated underneath. The Jai Mandir is also been noted for its stunning marble relief panels and the “Magic Flower” hid amongst sinewy flowers and strange insects carvings. The Sukh Niwas or the Hall of Pleasure with its ivory inlaid sandalwood door and natural cooling system stood opposite the Jai Mandir and I relaxed in its shadows for long.

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Sukh Niwas and a Jaipur sunset

The autumn afternoon, for me, peaked at Sukh Niwas that day and I left the fort soon after. The drive back through the winding rocky roads and familiar bends was another blast from the past experience and I left Jaipur after catching a golden autumn sunset over the dreamlike floating Jal Mahal. The sunburst out in its brightest light as the enveloping hills snuggled it for the night and the sky was a vision in blue. The lake reflected both the colours of the sky and the sun and in the midst of the enchanting panorama, Jal Mahal rose like a golden monument. It was a fitting sunset for a royal city in autumn and the velvety night sky was predictably blue. Dusk dotted up the city and the surrounding hills in jewel-like glittering lights and Jaipur had never looked more beautiful than in autumn.

Amer Fort can be quite touristy
The old world allure
Local musicians at Amer Fort
Of the Pink City

Travel tip to Amer Fort

Amer Fort, along with Jaigarh Fort, is located above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range. The palace and Jaigarh Fort are often considered one complex and the two are connected by a subterranean passage. This tunnel was meant to be an escape route in times of war to enable the royal family members and others in the Amer Fort to shift to the Jaigarh Fort.

How to reach –

This magnificent fort is divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard and it is possible to walk up to the fort from the road in about 10 minutes. Riding up on elephant back is a very popular, but debatable way of visiting Amer Fort and there is 4WD transfer available too.

Highlights of Amer Fort –

The Diwani-Aam, Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas etc are the highlights of this palace and the “Magic Flower” is not to be missed. A carved marble panel at the base of one of the pillars around the Sheesh Mahal depicts two hovering butterflies over a flower which has seven unique designs including a fishtail, lotus, hooded cobra, elephant trunk, lion’s tail, cob of corn, and scorpion, each one of which is visible only from a special angle. The zenana (women’s quarters) is built around the fourth courtyard and the rooms were designed in such a way that the king could visit a queen or concubine of his choice in her chamber at night without being seen.

Timing and entrance fees

The ticket office of Amer Fort is located directly across the courtyard from Suraj Pol and hiring a guide or grabbing an audio guide is highly recommended. The visiting hours of Amer Fort are from 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM and the entry tickets cost Rs 25 for Indians (Rs 10 for students) and Rs 200 for foreigners (Rs 100 for students). There is an excellent light and sound show at Amer Fort and the timings are 7.30 pm (in English and for Rs 200 entry fee) and 8:00 PM (in Hindi and for Rs 100 entry fee). Elephant Ride at Amer Palace for two persons cost about Rs. 900/-.

Frescoes at Suraj Pol at Amer Fort
The magnificent Amer Fort
Amer Fort is made of pink sandstone
The home of the Rajput Maharajas is a vision in sandstone.
there are mirrored ceilings in amer fort
Known for its excellence
amer fort is famous for its marble lattice work
In Hindu style of artistic elements
amer used to be a separate settlement
It straddles the Aravalli Hills
The thick old walls of amer fort
And a subterranean tunnel
amer has many old buildings, mansions, and temples
Connects it with
heera panna ka kund near amer fort
The nearby Jaigarh Fort
amer an ancient settlement is now a part of jaipur
Located in the old Amer town
delicate frescoes at amer fort
The Amer Fort
the romantic jai mahal at amer fort
Filled with exquisite
inlaid marble work at amer fort
Works of art
the iconic magic flower of amer fort
Like the incredible Magic Flower
mirrored panels and ceilings of amer fort
Glass mosaics of
the heritage of amer fort is magical
The romantic Sheesh Mahal
niches and frescoes of amer fort
Stunning frescoes
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Marble lacework windows
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And lively local character
heera panna ka kund stepwell near amer fort
Surrounded by nearly forgotten heritage
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It is a great place for retrospection

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20 Comments

  1. Tarek Abulzahab
    October 19, 2016 at 11:26 am
    Reply

    Excellent pictures and nicely written…. Thank you for sharing!

    • maverickbird
      October 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thank you for your kind words.Glad that you liked the post.

  2. Robert
    October 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm
    Reply

    Superb article and beautiful photographs! My son and I are traveling to India next week and will be visiting Jaipur as well. Thanks for the very useful information on visiting Amber Fort! Robert

    • maverickbird
      October 20, 2016 at 7:42 am

      Thank you Robert. Glad that you enjoyed the post. Hope the post helped you in your Amer Fort visit planning. Have a great time in Jaipur. It is a beautiful Indian city.

  3. Gitanjali Mohanty
    October 20, 2016 at 6:01 am
    Reply

    Stunning pictures. But as usual its your narration which steals my heart away!… Loved your ode to one of my most loved Indian cities 🙂

    • maverickbird
      October 20, 2016 at 7:38 am

      Thank you very much Gitanjali. Glad that you enjoyed the post. Jaipur is one of my favourite cities too.

  4. arv!
    October 22, 2016 at 1:58 pm
    Reply

    It feel nice to be reading about Amer Fort when you get to see this place every now and then since you live right here in Jaipur! I enjoy reading and looking from someone else’s perspective! Great post Svetlana!

    • maverickbird
      October 22, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you. I have lived in Jaipur once, but that was eons back. Almost seems like another life, although I visit Jaipur at least once every year. Glad that you liked the post.

  5. Yogi Saraswat
    October 26, 2016 at 7:05 am
    Reply

    I too visited Jaipur many times but never seen like this . The art on the marble remembering Taj Mahal . what a beautiful ‘Pink city’ it is . well written

    • maverickbird
      October 26, 2016 at 7:21 am

      Thank you very much. I am glad that you enjoyed the post.

  6. Jitendra Mathur
    October 27, 2016 at 10:54 am
    Reply

    So nice to know that you enjoyed places like Amber and City Palace of Jaipur. I also belong to that region (presently at Hyderabad because of my employment). Thanks for sharing. Have a great time.

    • maverickbird
      October 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Thank you very much. Jaipur is one of my favourite cities and I like Hyderabad too. Have a nice day.

  7. Sunita Sharma
    November 10, 2016 at 11:54 am
    Reply

    Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information …Visiting in Jaipur is amazing experience. Jaipur is a place with a glorious past and a very rich historic background. People come from far off places just to get the taste of its beautiful monuments and their architecture.such a nice blog….

    • maverickbird
      November 11, 2016 at 7:07 am

      Thank you very much Sunita. Jaipur is indeed a very beautiful city.

  8. Shubham Mansingka
    March 2, 2017 at 4:28 pm
    Reply

    I don’t really have words to express the joy after reading this wonderful post on my lovely city.

    Thanks

    • maverickbird
      March 3, 2017 at 7:42 am

      Thank you Shubham. I hope it did justice to the beauty of Amer Fort.

  9. Gopinath Kollur
    September 4, 2017 at 1:17 pm
    Reply

    Hey nice blog very interesting place,

    • maverickbird
      September 7, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you very much. Coming from you, it means a lot to me

  10. rupam { xhobdo }
    January 27, 2018 at 4:45 am
    Reply

    Great informative post. Awesome pics.

    • maverickbird
      January 27, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Thank you very much.

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