Forts in Rajasthan: If we talk about the Pink city- Jaipur, the most attractive place will come out to be the Amber fort of Jaipur. The city is the third corner of India’s so-called “Golden Triangle”, completed by New Delhi and Agra.
The city is tempted by many outstanding attractions and architecture including the palaces on top. To be more specific the palaces like Nahargarh Fort, Jaigarh Fort and the Amber Fort are the top most priority of any individual to visit in Jaipur.
This had to be so hyped up as the three palaces are one of the things that best describe the beauty, culture and history of Jaipur at a very first glance given by the tourists.
Amer city was a small town before the Kachwahas's rule, built by a small tribe named 'Meenas'. It gets its name after the name of "Lord Ambikeshwar", another name of Lord Shiva. However, there is an another theory which says that the name has been derived from "Amba Devi", another name of Goddess Durga.
In 1558 Raja Bharmal Singh and Man Singh I started the construction of the Amber Fort and after the persistent efforts of three monarchs for two centuries. Raja Jai Singh II completed the construction in 1727.
The Suraj Pole: The very first glance of the Amber fort is its entrance which is set to be called as "Suraj Pole", the name was given to the entrance as it faces towards the sun.
Through the gate, one enters the "Jaleb Chowk". This place was used by the army to showcase the war booty back in time where women were allowed to watch the proceedings through windows only.
Shila Devi Temple: Another part of Amber fort which makes Amer fort: The Legacy of Jaipur is the “Shila Devi Temple”. It is situated on the right of Jaleb Chowk. The temple has intricated marble carvings with a double door entrance.
It is said that the king always used to pray in front of Sheela Devi before going to any battle and there is a Suhag Mandir, where only queens were allowed to visit for prayer.
Sheesh Mahal: The most hyped, fascinating and magnificent part of the Amber Fort is “Sheesh Mahal”. The room is full of uneven pieces of glass which makes a total marvellous grasp in everyone’s eyes.
A single image gets reflected million times in that room which concludes that a single candle is enough to brighten up the whole room.
The fort has a lot of things that take away your breath and one of them is the view from the balcony of the top terrace of the fort. It creates a view of the Jaipur city carved between the two Aravalli mountains which assure the worth of visiting.
The fort has quite a complex structure which also can be seen from there and can make anyone appreciate the construction.
Every evening there occurs a light and sound show in the fort which lets the people know about the tradition, culture and mythology of Rajasthan through the means of video and music scripted by Gulzar and narrated by Amitabh Bacchan.
The show has mesmerizing music from lead singers Ustad Sultan Khan & Shubha Mudgal. Photography, Video, and Audio recordings of the performance are not permitted.
October to February: 6:30 pm (Show in English)/ 7:30 pm (Show in Hindi)
March to April: 7:00 pm (Show in English)/ 8:00 pm (Show in Hindi)
May to September: 7:30 pm (Show in English)/ 8:30 pm (Show in Hindi)
Entry fee for the show is Rs. 295 per person
If you want to visit the Sheela Devi Temple, you must get there as soon as the fort opens as the temple closes at 12 pm.
If you are lost in the fort and didn’t find a way, good for you because roaming in the fort is the only way to enjoy over there.
Carry water bottles and shades to roam comfortably.
There is an Anokhi Hand printing museum in the fort which you can visit, it remains closed on Mondays.
Take the help of a guide to see the places and listen to the stories. There is also an audio guide available in the fort.
Do we need the Covid vaccination certificate to go into the fort?
No, you don’t need to carry your certificate for entering the fort but you must follow the social guidelines.
Who is the owner of the fort?
Raja Man Singh started the construction followed by taking over by Raja Jai Singh I. Presently, the fort is under the government and the government is also thinking of hiring private companies for the development of the forts.
How long does it take to see Amber Fort?
The time required to go through each and every aspect of the fort is around 3-4 hours.
What is the best season to visit Amber Fort?
The best season to visit Jaipur is monsoon.
What is the cost of the Amber Fort jeep ride?
The cost of a jeep ride in the fort is around INR 400-500.