Instagramming Amer Fort: Jaipur Guide Part 1
Jaipur – The capital of Rajasthan is the largest city in Rajasthan. It is popularly known as “the pink city” or “gulabi sheher” and when we talk about it as a traveler it is “epitome of magnificence”. Jaipur is the perfect getaway for Rajasthani people and even for people living in Delhi/NCR. Moreover, the UNESCO’s creative city network has titled it as “the first city in India” seeing its excellence in various things (like Amer fort).
First of all if we talk about the architecture of Jaipur, it resembles the magnificent blend of royal Rajput and Muslim architecture. In-addition to that, the history of Jaipur depicts the excellence in the field of history, royalty, music and dance, art, handicraft and many more such fab things. Furthermore, the maze structured Hawa Mahal, the house of royal family “City Palace” and “Albert Hall”, the ride on camel and elephant and many more such things has always shown the grace of Jaipur. IN this post we’ll see one such fabulous site, but first of all….
My apologies to Jaipur…
I was living in Jaipur over the last few years and never visited Jaipur at a large extent or as an traveler. I don’t know why? May-be because I was studying in a college which is far away from the Jaipur. It was quite difficult for me to come out of it and explore the city. The reason for that was transport facilities were almost none. Therefore, my life remained confined between the walls of college and near some dry farm-fields. But finally, my college was over and now I can explore….
So without any wait, allow me to show you that fabulous site which I was talking about. We can call it as “Diwan-e-Khas” means special heritage..
Amer fort: UNESCO’s world heritage site
It is the great-grand AMER FORT located at about 15 km outside the Jaipur. Also, if you are traveling from Delhi to Jaipur then it will fall on your way to Jaipur. Amer fort is the most preserved forts in India and now it is one of the most preferred locations for Bollywood movie shoot. Due to bollywood interaction and UNESCO’s inclusion, the government of India is taking prime care of this site. The magnificent Amer fort comprises a large complex structure which is standing eternal for many centuries. Have a look at it..
For Indians: Rs.100/- and for Indian students: Rs. 10/- with proper school/college Id cards
For foreigners: Rs. 500/- and for foreign students: Rs. 100/- with Id cards.
History of Amer Fort:
Amer was first the ancient capital of the state Dhundar. It was originally named as Ambikeshwara and was later converted into Amer. Amer fort was built from 11th to 16th century by Meenas naming it as Kadimi Mahal. After the Meenas, the Man Singh or Kachawaha dynasty evolved and built the fort completely. Therefore, the Amer fort is known to the fort of King Man Singh-I and completed by Raja Sawai Man Singh.
The major attractions in Amer are: Dil Aram garden, Maota Lake, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, SHeesh Mahal, different pole of entrance to the fort, presence of beautiful gardens throughout the fort.
What it looks like at Amer fort:
Amer fort – Constructed with red and yellow sandstone and white marble resembles the Hindu styled fort but with the blend of Muslim architecture. My bus left me just in front of the fort from where I could see a the magnificent Maota Lake. The looks of serene lake is quite greenish and sometimes bluish if you walk from one end to other. While going to the fort you’ll encounter a “Dil Aram” garden were you can relax, take wonderful photos and feed fishes in Maota Lake. Also many refreshment options are present there.
Instagramming Dil Aaram Garden
To arrive at the main Amer fort, there are two ways: either you can take car or elephant rides are also available at one of the end but it present at the other end of Amer fort. As I was at the front end of Amer there is just a staircase in zig zag way for approx. 500 m way. That’s why I took the zig zag way covering some of the other scenic view which you may not experience from car. For those scenic view I’m soon coming up with my youtube channel. Elephant ride was not available at that time. I missed it.
I think going much deeper into the thoughts will not work for me to show the beauty of Amer Fort.
I’ll just instagram Amer…..
I entered at large courtyard of Amer fort known as “Jaleb Chowk“. There are two main gates known as Suraj Pole or sun gate, Chand Pole or moon gate. The front entrance is Sun gate from where I entered. If you are in car or with elephant you’ll enter moon gate. These gates are decorated in a very traditional way. Have a look at the beauty..
To buy ticket, there is upward stair case taking me to the other courtyard. I showed my student id card and bought ticket and entered into the courtyard. There are 2-3 points up there at the main fort such as Ganesh pole, Diwan-i-Aam and Kachhari. Infact, it seems like the fort has a great blend of gardens and palaces. The whole fort is quite a maze which I liked the most.
Instagramming Diwan-i-Aam and Ganesh Pole:
Ganesh pole is decorated with beautiful paintings on the wall of Ganesh pole. Ganesh pole was basically for ladies of that time; they entered the courtyard to welcome kings. The steep staircases present inside the Ganesh pole had taken me to a the most beautiful garden or you can say Mughal garden. Different scented flowers are present spreading their aroma in the atmosphere and in the middle there is fountain.
Diwan-i-Khas : Sheesh mahal and Mughal garden
As you step up from Ganesh pole, you’ll see another courtyard known as “Diwan-i-Khas“. Here, there is Sheesh mahal and Mughal garden in front of Sheesh mahal. Above Sheesh mahal – Sukh Niwas (Hall of pleasure) is present which was closed unfortunately due to repairing work. The Sukh Niwas is relaxing area for the most valuable guests of Jai Singh.
Instagramming Mughal garden
All the courtyards, gardens and palaces shows the real royalty of Kings of that time. Therefore, after spending about an hour at Mughal garden, now it’s time to roam around and go back. Some other palaces are Zenana which is women quarter, there are bathrooms, other rooms for soldiers and other people.
The exit gate is not the same, but it is through the palace of Raja Man Singh. Please have a look at the things which I found out:
Near to Museum there is tunnel preset which will lead to “I don’t know where”. I’ve heard some of the myths. I will not take care about it.
Instagramming Kesari garden at Maota lake
One more thing I like the most..
Free wifi: Yes the presence of free wifi at Amer fort. For every internet freak guy it is like a god. government provides it to every tourist. I’m not going to share my password with you guys….
Few things that I’ve missed completely:
- Mehfil is set-up every evening at different courtyard of the forts for the enjoyment of tourists and travelers
- I missed elephant ride because of off-season visit and timing problem
- Musuem at the foothill of palace
- I missed to visit some of the temples as I was late
- Some places or gates were private
How on earth did I missed that? I visit it again and soon. But now during prime season. I think the whole day is still not enough to completely explore and know about the Amer fort. Every corner has something to show you, which you haven’t seeing before.
Note: Youtube video is coming soon showing the spectacular Amer fort.