Amer Fort (Amber Fort), Jaipur

Driving up to Amer Fort, Jaipur

Driving up to Amer Fort, Jaipur

Well it’s taken me a week and some to get to Amer Fort (also known as Amber Fort) just outside Jaipur.  The present day fort was built in 1592 over the remains of another building by Raja Man Singh I.  Over the years various rulers added to the fort but it retains most of its 16th century parts.

You may ride an elephant through the Sun Gate or Suraj Pol, or drive up the hill to a parking area and walk the rest of the way to another entrance of the fort.  Apparently the elephants make one trip a day so as not to kill them from overuse.  I think there was one bull among all the lady elephants.  It looks interesting the elephant ride, but not one that I want to take.  I’d be happy to see elephants frolicking about in their natural habitats but riding one into a fort doesn’t suit me especially when I can walk faster.

Once you get into Amer Fort there is a large courtyard which then leads to other gates and other courtyards and many rooms.  There are the Halls for Public and Private Audience, Diwan-i-Am and Diwan-i-Khas, and the Sheesh Mahal, Palace of Mirrors.  These areas are the most decorated.  The views from the fort were amazing.  So without further ado, Amer Fort!

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