Amer Fort, Rajasthan

This fort is very popular for its labyrinthine lanes and glass carvings. Many Bollywood films like Jodha Akbar, Dabangg 3, Bajirao Mastani have been shot in this fort. More than 10,000 people come to see this fort every day. Today I will tell you about how can you visit Amer Fort? Best timing, ticket price, history, and all the things.

Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide
Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide

Amber Fort is the most luxurious palace in Jaipur. This palace is built on a high mountain which is surrounded by mountains on all four sides. 12 km long walls have also been built around this palace to avoid enemies. Being built on high mountains, this fort is also called Amber Fort. Which means the fort of the sky.

Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide

Amer is an ancient city spread over 4 square kilometers. It is 11 kilometers from Amber city of Jaipur. Though Jaipur has many forts, the Amer Fort is the most popular. Because this fort used to be the royal residence of the kings of Jaipur.

For the protection of this fort, a 12-kilometer wall is built around it, which looks like the Great Wall of China. You can go to this wall, but you have to climb 800 stairs. Special arrangements were made to keep the palace cool. It was not possible to carry the water of the river to such heights, so people used to keep their palace cool through tree plants.

Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide
Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide

Inside Amer Fort

In this palace, you will see a lot of underground cellars, to which no one is allowed to go. In this cellar, the kings used to keep their treasures, grains, and weapons.

Inside the palace are the royal rooms of the king and separate royal rooms for all the 12 queens. Which has a lot of royal carvings. There are special routes to reach all 12 queens. In which only the king was allowed to go. Inside the palace, you will see pictures of lotus flowers on every side. Because the lotus flower is considered a symbol of Hinduism.

There was a special arrangement for the queens. No man was allowed to walk around the rooms of the queens. The eunuchs were also deployed to protect them. Bathrooms and toilets for the queens are also built around their rooms.

Apart from this, there are also royal rooms for the guests to stay in, in which the zamindars, merchants, messengers, and kings from other places lived. Artisans and servants working in the palaces were also allowed to live in the palaces.

Gates

Although this palace has many gates. But the kings of the fort used to come inside the palace from the sun gate itself. After the war, all the main forces, including the king, entered the palace from the lion gate. So that they can show themselves like a lion. That is why Singh was written as a surname of those kings.

Amer Fort inside, Jaipur Travel Guide
Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide

Ganesh Gate

Ganesh Dwar is the most beautiful gate of the fort. To reach the personal rooms of kings and queens, one has to go through the Ganesh gate. Ganeshji's statue is attached above on this gate. And you can see many beautiful carvings on the whole gate.

Jaleb Chowk

On entering the palace, you will see a large ground called Jaleb Chowk. Which means square ground. In this Jaleb Chowk, there was a briefing of the soldiers. Here you will see the cannon used in that era.

Shila Devi Temple

This is the temple of Mahakali Ji. The door of this temple is made of pure silver. A statue of Ganesha is installed above the door. At that time humans were sacrificed in this temple. Then people started sacrificing buffalo. The government banned buffalo and today goats are sacrificed here.

Diwan E Aam

Here used to be the king's court. The king used to relieve the suffering of his citizens here. The king used to judge his citizens here as you can see in the court.

Amer Fort inside, Jaipur Travel Guide
Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide

Diwan E Khas

It is known by the name that the king used to do special programs here. All the secret work, planning of war, special meetings with ministers used to do all these things here.

Sheesh Mahal

It is completely decorated with carvings of mirrors. These carvings are made from a concave mirror. The special glass was brought from Europe for this palace. The difference in carvings over time can be seen.

Inside the palace, you will see a lot of secret paths and labyrinths, you can get lost in that path and labyrinth. These secret paths were used to take the Raj family out of the palace. This secret route is connected to the fort of Jai Garh Fort.

Things to Do

Elephant Ride

If you do not want to walk on top of the hill, then you can go on the top by enjoying the Elephant ride. Elephant ride is very popular here, which takes 30 minutes to take you to the top. Meaning you can enjoy the ride on Elephant for 30 minutes. The elephant ride price is 1000 rupees for two-person.

Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide
Amer Fort inside, Jaipur Travel Guide

Amer Fort History

This fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592. Raja Man Singh was a descendant of Lord Rama. In 1592, Raja Man Singh built the Amber Fort on the relics of the Meenas. Subsequently, the palace expanded with the changing of kings. And in the last, the fort was completed by King Sawai Jai Singh. In 1700, King Sawai Jai Singh lived with his family in this palace.

In fact, the city of Amer was settled by Meenas. Later Raja Man Singh built a palace here for his royal residence which is today known as Amer Fort. The capital of Rajasthan used to be Kachhwaha. But ever since this fort was built, Jaipur became the capital of Rajasthan. This Amer Fort is one of the largest forts in India.

The construction of this fort took about 200 years. Raja Man Singh started building this fort. But then this fort was not much bigger. Finally, King Sawai Jai Singh who came to live in this fort expanded this fort. Jaipur is named after this king.

In Amer Fort, you can see some small old rooms. Which used to be the houses of the servants of the kings of that time. Jodha Bai was also the queen of the same princely state. In 2007, the Amer Fort was included in the 37 World Heritage Site.

Who was Raja Maan Singh?

Raja Man Singh was one of the nine jewels of Akbar. Raja Man Singh fought many battles for Akbar. And was instrumental in spreading the Mughal Empire. To rule over Hindu kings, Akbar married Jodha Bai, the sister of Raja Man Singh's father. You must have heard the stories of your Jodha Akbar.

Raja Man Singh | Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide
Raja Man Singh | Amer Fort, Jaipur Travel Guide

Man Singh's army was the most powerful army in India. But that army worked only for the Mughals. The great emperor Ashoka did not attack the Mughals due to Man Singh being a Hindu. But due to the flattery of the Mughals, Maharana Pratap attacked Man Singh at Haldighati. Along with this, Man Singh also used to protect Hindus.

During Akbar's reign, Man Singh became a very powerful general, and also took control of some of Akbar's kingdom. Raja Man Singh also conquered Bihar and Orissa. It was Raja Man Singh who avenged the death of King Birbal. The temple of Vrindavan was also built by Raja Man Singh.

Raja Man Singh expanded the Mughal Empire by conquering almost half of India. And the plundered treasures made the city of Amer strong.

How to Reach Amer Fort?

  • Nearest Bus Stop: Amer Fort is the nearest bus stop to Amer Fort. It is just 1 km of distance.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Jaipur Junction is the nearest railway station to Amer Fort. It is 12.2 km of distance.
  • Nearest Airport: Jaipur International Airport is the nearest airport to Amer Fort. It is 19.6 km of distance.
  • The distance between Jaipur and Amer Fort is 12.9 km.

Amer Fort Timings

Days Timings
All Days 8AM to 6PM
Closed Only National Holidays

Amer Fort is located in Rajasthan. Which becomes very hot in summer. So, you should visit the fort in the evening. Let me tell you one more thing, the night view from above the Amber Fort is amazing. You must stay here till night. But you have to buy your ticket with a night view.

Amer Fort Ticket Price 2021

Ticket Price
Indian 3 Years Free
Indian 3+ Years ₹25
With Night View ₹100
Foreigners ₹200
Foreigner with Night View ₹300
Photography ₹50
Videography ₹200

FAQ

Q. Where is Amer Fort?
Amer Fort is in Amer city, which is 12 km away from Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Q. Why Amer Fort is famous?
Amer Fort is very famous for its royal residence. Amer Fort is the biggest and richest fort in India.

Q. Is Amer and Amber Fort the same?
Yes, Amber Fort and Amer Fort are the same. Its real name is Ambar. But being located in a city named Amer, it is also called the fort of Amer.

Q. How old is Amer Fort?
Amer Fort is almost 429 years old. This fort is built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh.

Q. Is photography and videography allowed in Amer Fort?
Yes, photography and videography allowed in Amer Fort. But you have to take a separate ticket for it.