Amer Travel Guide

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    The Amer Fort
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    Elephant Ride at Amer Fort
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Amer Things to Do

  • Amber Fort - Baradari Pavilion

    This picturesque pavilion, known as Baradari, lies in the centre of the fourth courtyard of the palace, within the Zenana (Women's Quarters). It consists of a hypostyle hall with repeated polyfoil arches which an interesting photo subject especially with the shadows cast by the sun. In hot sunny weather, tourists take shelter in its shade.

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  • Amber Fort - Jai Mandir

    The most opulent structure in Amber Fort is Jai Mandir (Hall of Victory), the two-floored white marble pavilion overlooking Aram Bagh (third courtyard garden). It was built by Jai Singh I in the 17th century and consists of three parts: the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of the Private Audience) on the ground floor, a hall named Sheesh Mahal (Glass Palace)...

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  • Amber Fort - Sattais Katcheri

    Adjacent to Diwan-i-Aam, this hypostyle hall of beautiful columns and polyfoil arches is known as Sattais Katcheri. It is where scribes once recorded the revenues of the state, while enjoying breathtaking views over the valley of Amber.

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  • Amber Fort - Diwan-i-Aam

    Much like other Indian palace fortresses, the Amber Fort possesses a Hall of the Public Audiences, Diwan-i-Aam, where the Maharaja received his subjects. The one here in Amber was built in the 17th century by Maharaja Jai Singh I in the middle of the second courtyard of the palace. Although it is of the typical layout for a Diwan-i-Aam, i.e. an...

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  • Jaigarh - Palace Complex

    The palace complex of Jaigarh occupies the northern section of the fortress. It was continually renovated and expanded over a period of 200 years while the fortress was in use. The complex contains temples, gardens, pavilions, royal apartments and even a puppet theatre! Although not as luxurious as the Amber Fort below, the architecture of the...

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  • Amber Fort

    Amber Fort is a very well visited tourist site and deserves to be so. The honey coloured fort/palace is situated on a hillside above the village Amber, 11km north of Jaipur. Construction of Amber Fort begun in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and it was later extended to its present form by Jai Singh I.The fort/palace is a good example of Rajput architecture...

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  • Jaigarh Fort

    Jaigarh Fort, also called The Victory Fort, stands on the hill above Amber Fort. After visiting Amber Fort I walked the footpath up to Jaigarh. It is about 1km to walk, but it is also possible to go by car from another side. I was surprised that there were so much to see at Jaigarh Fort, it was larger than I thought. Approaching you can see a tall...

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  • Opposite side of the road

    There are many battlements around Amber. When I first arrived with the bus I saw the stairs up to the battlement on the opposite side of the road from Amber Fort. I thought it could be good to start there to get good views over the palace and the surroundings. On my way up the stairs I passed two school boys, otherwise there was no one else there....

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  • Anokhi Museum of Handprinting

    Anokhi Museum of Handprinting is situated in a beautifully restored mansion from the 16th century. The museum opened in 2005 and have excellent exhibitions about hand-block printing of textiles. There are both traditional and contemporary textiles on display and textiles made with different techniques. There are very informative signs in English...

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  • Historic Hindu Temples of Amber

    The old quarter of the town of Amber is dotted with numerous historic Hindu temples. I was fortunate enough to visit the magnificent Shri Jagat Siromani Temple, but had little time to explore the other ones. I have also found it difficult to locate information on the other temples. If you visit Amber with ample time, consider walking around the...

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  • Amber Palace Fort

    The formidable Amber Palace Fort is the most important monument in Amber. It had been the residence of the Kachhawaha dynasty until 1727, when the new capital city Jaipur was built. The fort itself was built by Maharaja Man Singh I in 1592 on the ruins of an older 11th century fort. In the 17th century, under Maharaja Jai Singh I, the fort was...

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  • Ghati Darwaza

    Driving from Jaipur north towards Amber, the road passes through a fortified gate, Ghati Darwazi, which signals the arrival into the old capital of the Kachhawaha dynasty. The gate is part of the mediaeval defensive walls that snake up and down the surrounding hills and enclose Amber.

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  • Jaigarh

    Towering over the Amber Fort, Jaigarh - the "victory fort" - originated in the 11th century when the Kachhawaha dynasty first moved to this area. In the 17th century, Maharaha Jai Singh I rebuilt and refortified it to increase the defences over the Amber Palace below, but much of the fortress we see today is owed to the last renovation and...

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  • Old Amber

    For those with more time, the old quarter of Amber has a fascinating mix of ancient temples, narrow passages and old havelis (palaces). While many of these old palaces are well kept, some are simply crumbling. Attached are a few photos of old Amber and its architecture.

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  • Amber Fort - Zenana Deorhi

    The oldest part of the Amber Fort, Zenana Deorhi, contains the women's apartments for the wives of the Maharaja. This section was the original royal palace built by Man Singh I when he constructed Amber Fort in 1592, but when Jai Singh I expanded the fort, it was turned into the women's quarters. It consists of a large courtyard (the fourth in the...

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  • Amber Fort - Sukh Niwas

    Also overlooking Aram Bagh, opposite Jai Mandir is the more modest, though still opulent, Sukh Niwas (Pleasure Palace). It was the Maharaja's private quarter and where came to rest.

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  • Amber Fort - Aram Bagh

    Ganesh Pol leads into the third courtyard of the Amber Palace - part of the private quarters of the palace. It is landscaped into a Mughal-style garden known as Aram Bagh (pleasure garden). Overlooking the garden are two pavilions, Jai Mandir, which contains the Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), and Sukh Niwas (Hall of Pleasure).

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  • Amber Fort - Ganesh Pol

    Built in 1639 by Jai Singh I, this imposing gate leads from the second courtyard into the private quarters of Amber Palace. The architecture of the gate exhibits strong Mughal influences, but is painted with colourful Indian motifs, a successful synthesis of Rajput and Mughal styles. Above the central arch is a drawing of the Hindu god Ganesh,...

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  • Amber Fort - Singh Pol

    A stairway connects Jaleb Chowk, the main courtyard, to Singh Pol, the "Lion Gate," which in turn leads into the second courtyard and palace proper. The arched gateway exhibits strong Mughal influence in its design, with its large pointed central arch, flanked by smaller pointed arches. The entire gate is painted with delicate multi-coloured floral...

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  • Amber Fort - Shila Devi Temple

    Dating from around 1600, the Shila Devi Temple is the family chapel of the Kachhawaha family of Amber and Jaipur. The temple is dedicated to Kali, the goddess of destruction and death (!) whose statue was brought here from the Bengal by Man Singh I. It continues to be used and is considered a sacred site where photography is strictly forbidden (no...

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  • Amber Fort - Chand Pol

    The commoners were allowed to enter the Amber Fort through its second gate, Chand Pol. Its name means "Moon Gate", named so probably because it lies opposite Suraj Pol, the Sun Gate. Nowadays, visitors are allowed to enter and exit through either gate. Chand Pol opens onto a narrow road that leads directly into the old quarter of Amber.

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  • Amber Fort - Suraj Pol

    The main entrance into the Amber Fort, Suraj Pol ("Sun Gate"), is named so because it faces east where the sun rises. A winding uphill ramp leads to the gate that was reserved for the royal family and their important visitors. Nowadays most visitors hop onto the back of an elephant for a ride up the ramp to reach the gate. For those with private...

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  • Shri Jagat Siromani Temple

    This spectacular Hindu temple was built in 1599 AD by Shrangar Devi Kankavat, the wife of Maharaja Man Singh I, in memory of their son Jagat Singh. It is considered the most beautiful temple in Amber and for good reason. Most of its building stones, including white and black marble and red sandstone, are intricately carved top to bottom with a...

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  • Shri Jagat Siromani Temple - Interior

    The interior of the Shri Jagat Siromani Temple is built mostly using red sandstone. It consists of a mandapa hall, leading into an antrala, which precedes the garbha griha (inner sanctuary). The mandapa hall is square-shaped with a lofty ceiling and is flanked by double arched porticoes on either side, supported by intricately carved columns and...

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  • Shri Jagat Siromani Temple - Garuda...

    Outside the actual Shri Jagat Siromani Temple is the most exquisite part of the temple complex, the garuda mandapa. It is a porch, or rather a pavilion, consisting of four intricately carved white marble columns, topped by a small sikhara (beehive tower). The column carvings are of various Hindu deities and are connected by richly decorated red...

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  • Akbari Mosque (Jama Masjid)

    Commissioned by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1569, Akbari Masjid is the grand mosque (Jama Masjid) of Amber. It is said that this is where the Emperor stopped to pray on his way to Ajmer for an annual pilgrimage. The mosque was built in the typical Mughal style, with triple onion domes and arches opening onto a courtyard. Four minarets rise from the...

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  • DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT (elephants)

    There are animal welfare groups who try to work on behalf of the elephants at Amber.An elephant ride will NOT add anything to your trip to Amber. Amber is a stunning place which does not need the elephants as a tourist pull. People would still flock here if the elephants were gone.The treatment of the elephants is not pleasant - this aside - the...

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Amer Restaurants

  • Zeeman Vegetarian Restaurant

    On my way from Amber Fort to Anokhi Museum of Handprinting I passed the sign for Zeeman Vegetarian Restaurant. It was too early after the chocolate cake for lunch, but on my way back it was late afternoon and I was really hungry, and as I hadn’t seen any other restaurants I stopped here. The restaurant was nothing fancy, but the food was good and...

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  • Café Coffee Day

    Before coming to the end of my tour around Amber Fort I was surprised so see a Café Coffee Day inside the complex. It is a chain with cafés in many Indian cities. I felt for something sweet and ordered chocolate cake with ice cream and a cappuccino. It was Rs 161 (August 2010), but it was just what I needed at that time.On the menu you can find...

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Amer Transportation

  • Elephant to Amber Fort

    Some people ride an elephant up to Amber Fort. I did not. Is it not far to walk and it is expensive, Rs 900 (August 2010) for an elephant that takes two tourists at a time. Even if you sit on padded seats it doesn’t look too comfortable and at high season the queues can be long. The well-being of the elephants has been debated, but I have heard...

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  • From Jaipur to Amber by bus

    I had read in my guidebook that buses for Amber leaves from a bus stop near Hawa Mahal. I confirmed this at the hotel and then went out to take an auto rickshaw. The auto rickshaw driver agreed to take me there for Rs 50 (August 2010). He did not go all the way to Hawa Mahal, but stopped at MI Road, near New Gate and said it was better to take the...

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  • Getting to Amber

    Amber is about a 15 minute drive north of Jaipur, on the way to Delhi. Public transport is available, but if you have the opportunity to go with a private car and driver, it is the easiest way to visit. In Jaipur it should not cost an exorbitant amount, particularly if one is travelling in a group of 3 or 4 people. The drive is scenic and rather...

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Amer Off The Beaten Path

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    by MM212 Updated Oct 22, 2010

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    For the adventurous among us, it is possible to walk down from Jaigarh to the Amber Fort down below. One would need to exit Jaigarh at Awani Gate (next to the courtyard, Jaleb Chowk) and descend the snaking paved path all the way to Amber. The walk should take about 30 minutes.

    Snaking down from Jaigarh to Amber
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