Amer Fort is the most important landmark of Jaipur and famous tourists attraction. Even, it can be say that Jaipur trip is incomplete without visiting Amer Fort. There are several forts in Jaipur but Amer is Queen of all. This is a magnificent fort situated approx 12 Km from the the city center. It not only attracts common tourists but it is also favorite among the Television industry. Lots of Bollywood movie and advertisement have capture their scene in this fort.
As per historical records the initial town of Amer was developed by Meenas in 10th century. But in the later period Amer come under the control of Kachwahas and ruled by Raja Man Singh. Raja Man Singh build the existing Amer fort as his residence that underwent continuous improvement till the reign of Jai Singh I. Amer served as the capital of region and this fort as a residence of ruler family until Sawai Jai Singh-II shifted his capital to Jaipur in 1727.
Attraction of Amer Fort
This fort is situated adjacent to main Jaipur-Amer road. A garden name ‘Dil Aram Bagh‘ connect toe of Fort to the main road keeping Maotha lake on its left and another big garden on its right at lower elevation. You have two option to reach up to the first/main courtyard of fort, you may climb several stair or via riding on a elephant back.
Elephant ride at Amer fort
Elephant ride is also a major attraction of this fort, anyone can have elephant ride by paying around Rs. 1100/-. It is only a five minute ride but its worth to pay if you want to feel like a king. For taking elephant ride you have to go to the extreme right of fort where all the elephants wait for the customer. Either you go by stair or on elephant, you get entry in the first courtyard through Suraj Pole . Jaleb Chowk (first court yard) have three main entrance Suraj Pole (Sun Gate), Chand Pole (Moon Gate) and Singh Pole (Lion gate). Chand pole is connected with road so if you are with your private vehicle you can come upto Chand pole.
From here you can also have glimpse of Jaigarh fort situated on eagles hill which is overlooking Amer fort. Jaigarh was the military post for Amer.
This courtyard connects visitors to other part of the palace like 2nd courtyard on elevated level having Diwan-i-Aam and other courtyard having Diwan-i-Khas but it will cost you Rs. 100/-.
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Diwan-i-Aam was a place of meeting between king and common public, where king listen their issue of day to day life. This is a nice structure made of red sand stone. Several beautifully carved pillars supported this open hall.
The second courtyard connect with the 3rd one through Ganesh pole ( A highly decorated and ornamented gate). In the corner you can see their hot bath arrangement. This third courtyard was the private place and no common people could enter in this area.
As you enter through Ganesh pole you see a Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) in the left and other marble building in right Sukh Mahal ( Pleasure hall) and a beautiful garden in between. A beautiful garden in the center of Moatha lake can be seen from here.
Sheesh Mahal is always be a main attraction of any palace. This chamber is decorated with lakhs of small mirror that look beautiful and any smaller light within it lit the whole chamber.
Man Singh Palace
It lies in the behind of this third courtyard, which was the Palace of Man Singh I. It is the oldest part of the fort that was build during the reign of Raja Man Singh I (1589–1614). At the center of this courtyard a pillared structure know as Baradari or pavilion. This pavilion was used as the meeting venue by the maharanis (queens of the royal family). This pavilion is surrounded with several small rooms with open balconies but today not in good condition. Main focus of maintenance seems only up to third courtyard because of Sheesh Mahal and Garden. This older part is in ruin and look like a haunted place, even not much visitor come to this area.
Eating and shopping
On the other side of road there are many small dhaba which serves you mostly snacks kind of food like Kachori, mirchi bada, samosa like that. There is also one Government shop for the handicraft and related items to Rajasthan like Lakh ki Choori.
How to reach Amer Fort
There are lot of Buses AC & non-AC running from Jaipur to Amer and drop you directly on the fort entrance. In the government operated bus female passengers automatically get concession in the fare.