Many people ask which fort is famous in Jaipur. To answer this, it is Amer Fort which is the most famous in Jaipur. Amer Fort or Amber is an iconic tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is reminiscent of the grandeur of a bygone era. The Fort architecture is captivating. What makes Amer Fort so popular & famous among tourists and travelers? This Jaipur travel blog explains the reasons why is Amer Fort famous.
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 Vrindavan Garden 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 gentle turns until you reach 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.
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5 Reasons To Visit Amer Fort
In my opinion, here are 5 reasons why one should visit Amer Fort, the most popular tourist attraction in Jaipur.
Ochre color of Amer Fort
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.
There are very few cities and buildings in the world that sport Ochre color. Amer Fort is certainly one of them.
Amer Fort is a 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 Gagron.
Given its history, heritage, and architecture, Amer Fort deserves to be a part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.
The Sheesh Mahal is synonymous with the Amer Palace and 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 great skill and workmanship to create such a stunning piece of art.
Amer Fort Architecture
Amer Fort architecture features a unique combination of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. It is a fine specimen of two different architectural styles. Mughal architecture needs no introduction; the world-famous Taj Mahal is one of its finest examples. Most historians are of the opinion that Mughal influence on architecture was inevitable given the close association of Kachwaha Rajputs with the Mughal rulers. This fort is one of the leading places to witness the confluence of both architectural styles. The sections inside Amer Fort have rooms & living quarters of the erstwhile rulers. Some of which is one of their kind.
Amer Heritage Walk
Amer Heritage walking tour in the Amer town surrounding the fort offers a glimpse into the history of the fort & town. The heritage walk in Amer includes many interesting buildings like temples, Havelis, and water structures. The town retains a distinct culture & a unique charm. The walk requires approximately one to two hours.
The reason why I recommend this walk is because it allows one to experience Amer Fort from a unique perspective. One can acquire a more thorough understanding of the culture and the life of the royalty after undertaking this walk. You can find out more about this walk in this post Read AmerHeritage Walk
Beautiful Amer Fort complex as seen from a different angle.
In short, Amber Fort has a mysterious charm that entices many tourists visiting Jaipur. Amber Fort was abandoned at the start of the 18th century. Some years ago, the fort was renovated thoughtfully, imparting 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 Navaratri, thousands of devotees visit this temple for Darshan due to which the Elephant ride at Amer remains suspended.
I’m sure this answers the question as to why one should visit Amer fort.
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- Why is Amer Fort famous?
Someone might ask why should I visit Amer Fort and my answer is as follows. Amer Fort has a unique architectural design language that is an amalgamation of Rajput and Mughal styles. It is one of the fine specimens where the blend of both these styles has been fused very well. Also, the setting of the fort in a valley overlooking the lake and hills is unique and beautiful. Here is a picture of Amer Fort.
- Who lived in Amer?
Amer was ruled by Kachawa Rajput from the 10-11th century onwards. The Amer town was inhabited by the population while the rulers resided in the fort. There were many mansions belonging to the wealthy merchant or court officials in the town. Most of these have disappeared due to negligence. One of the specimens is Shoor Singh Ki Haveli. Here is a picture of this Haveli.
- What is Amer Fort made of?
The basic building structure technique followed in the region was stone rubble and lime masonry. The fort features the use of white marble and sandstone in many sections.
- Who owns Amer Fort|
Many people think that Amer Fort is owned by the erstwhile rulers of Jaipur who now reside in Jaipur City Palace. While others think it is under the ownership of ASI. Both these are incorrect. Amer Fort is under the Department of Archaeology. This is a state subject, unlike ASI.
- How old is Amer Fort
Many books cite that the current building of Amer Fort was built under Sawai Man Singh I and that later rulers kept adding just like the rulers of Mewar in Udaipur City Palace. The history of Kachawa rulers dates back to the 10-11th century in this region.
- What is inside Amer Fort?
Amer Fort has many unique sections with beautiful architecture. It has sections meant for queens, a garden, and many more. Read the full post on Amer Fort Guide
Travel Tips for Amer Fort.
Amer Fort Timing
Amer Fort is open from 8 AM- 5 PM and is part of the night tourism program. Amer Fort can be visited between 7 PM to 10 PM.
Amer Fort Entry Fee
Amer Fort Entry ticket is priced at Rs 100 for Indian visitor, Rs 500 for a foreign visitor, Rs 100 for foreign students, and Rs 10 for Indian students ( student/ school identity card is mandatory for availing subsidized price).