Amer Fort or Amber Fort is an iconic tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is reminiscent of the grandeur of a bygone era.
The charm of the Amer fort starts to build up once you drive past the Jal Mahal or Water Palace. The road winds through the beautiful valley of the Kanak Ghati leading to the Ghati gate. (Ghati in Hindi means Valley)
Once you cross the Ghati gate you enter the narrow Amer valley with hills on either side.
The road meanders through with the gentle turns until you reach the Maota lake. It is here that you get an expansive view of the Amer valley with the majestic Amer Fort and the towering Jaigarh Fort just above.
I often wonder what makes Amer Fort the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur? It’s difficult to answer. In my opinion, here are 5 reasons why I love Amber Fort, the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Elephant ride at the Amber Fort is the most sought after experience. It’s not uncommon to find long queues of tourists during the peak tourist season waiting for their turn for the elephant ride. There are very few places in India where one can undertake an elephant ride; the one at the Amer Fort is easily one of the most convenient & easy of all. There are many tourists who prefer not to undertake an elephant ride at Amber Fort because they are against the animal cruelty. Some organizations have demanded halting elephant rides at the Amber fort citing the same reasons. The decision is yet to be arrived at.
The pastel Ochre color looks stunning when the soft sunlight strikes the walls of the Amer Fort. It looks fabulous & Magical. Ochre color is quite unique and there aren’t many heritage palaces, forts & buildings which sport this mystic shade in India. Even though Jaipur is famous as the Pink City, the buildings and Havelis in the by-lanes of the old city of Jaipur were painted in Ochre color. Have a look at these pictures of the Amer Fort.
UNESCO World Heritage site
Amer Fort is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India, which speaks a lot about this place. Very few forts in India have made it to this list. Amer Fort is classified under “Hill forts of Rajasthan” along with the forts at Ranthambore, Kumbhalgarh, Jaiselmer, Chittorgarh and Gagaron.
Sheesh Mahal is synonymous with the Amer Palace. Sheesh Mahal refers to a section inside the Amer fort where walls and ceilings are embellished with the concave shaped mirror in the form of inlay work. It requires a great skill and workmanship to create such a stunning piece of art.
Unique blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles
Amer fort features the unique combination of the Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. Its a fine specimen of two different architectural styles. Mughal architecture needs no introduction; world-famous Taj Mahal is one its finest examples.
The entire setting of the Amer Fort with its surroundings is beautiful. Where else can you witness the grandeur of Maharajas? For many people, the first look of Amer Fort is nothing less than a fairyland with elephants moving in a line, ferrying tourists through the ramp that leads to the palace.
In short, Amber Fort has a mysterious charm which attracts many tourists visiting Jaipur. Amber Fort was abandoned at the start of the 18th century. Some years ago, the fort was renovated beautifully, giving it a new life.
It is still visited by the locals, not as a tourist, though. Devotees throng the ever popular Shila Mata temple inside the Amer Fort. During Navaratras, thousands of devotees visit this temple for Darshan due to which Elephant ride at Amer remains suspended.
The beauty of Amer Fort can neither be described in words nor by pictures. You’ve got to experience it in person. Have you been “Amber’ed”?
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