Amer fort

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..

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Magnificent Amer Fort
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The great wall of Amer fort in front of Amer fort itself

Entry fees:

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.

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Maota Lake at the entrance of Amer fort
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Magical and soothing Maota Lake and Kesari garden
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Perfect reflection of Kesari garden steps on Maota Lake

Instagramming Dil Aaram Garden

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Peaceful and soothing Dil Aaram Garden
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View of eternal Amer fort from Dil Aaram Bagh
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Short structure view at Dil Aaram garden
exceptional view at 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…..
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Eternal view of fort while stepping up to Amer fort
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Ruined part of Amer fort
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My dear friends stepping down from Amer fort

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..

Jaleb Chowk:

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Landscape view of Jaleb Chowk view from the top
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You have to buy ticket from there and enter into the main fort
Suraj pole and Jaipur view
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I had entered into the Jaleb Chowk through Suraj Pole or Sun Gate

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:

Inscription pillar of Diwan-i-Aam
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View of Diwan-i-Aam from the edge of fort
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Inside view of Diwan-i-Aam
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Ganesh pole entrance view
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Zoomed the exceptional 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.

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Diwan-i-k=Khas inscription in hindi
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Sheesh mahal below and Hall of pleasure above
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Fantastic work of 1000s of mirrors on wall of Sheesh mahal
Instagramming Mughal garden
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Mughal garden in front of Sheesh mahal
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Beautiful Mughal garden
Scented flowers of Mughal garden spreading the aroma in Diwan-i-Khas
Capturing the fountain water in my camera

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:

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Two huge Kadai utensil used to make food for people
Museum gallery and contemporary art near to exit

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.

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Tunnel leading to I don’t no where haha…

Instagramming Kesari garden at Maota lake

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View of Kesari garden from the top of second courtyard
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View of small relaxing palace
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….

Free WIFI zone

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.

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    1. prateekgoel

      That’s so cool!! I’m glad you liked it!!
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  4. Mr.M

    I love to travel and adventures like these, where you get to learn about the culture of a place. I apsolutely fall in love with your photos. I hope I will visit this place one day!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks for your comment Mr.M!! Same as me.. I love to explore the culture, history behind the destination…! Thanks for liking my photographs!!

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  5. Yuen Mi

    Beautiful photos, it seems like you explored everywhere. I hope you get to revisit again and do the things you’ve missed. I also have those regrets.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Yuen Mi!! I’ll definitely come again and visit those missed areas of Amer!!

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  6. Yeu Doi

    Beautiful photos. On my bucket list now. Thanks.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Yeu Doi!! Thanks for your comment.

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  7. Lindsey

    I love holidays and adventures like these, where you get to learn about the culture and history of a place. Gorgeous photos

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Lindsey!! Love to hear that!!

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  8. Ankit Agarwal

    great clicks man. I went to this place as a trip with friends over the weekend and I absolutely love this place. specially in winters when the sun feels awesome on the open fort.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Ankit!! Yes Amer fort looks awesome in winter…lots of happening activities take place in Amer Fort!

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  9. Rebecca Chun

    Your photos are beautiful! I would love to visit this place someday.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks for liking my photos Rebecca!!

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  10. Carol Cassara

    Ganesh pole and Sheesh mahal are my favorites. They’re so beautiful and breathtaking. I would love to see them in person, in the near future, I hope!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haan… You are correct these are the center of attraction!! Hope to visit!! Thanks for your comment Carol!!

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  11. Elizabeth O.

    I have never though about visiting Jaipur before. Now I regret not thinking of ever going there. The place is just beautiful. I would love to see those beautiful structures.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes definitely, the royal structures of Jaipur are totally filled with modernity!! You will never regret once you visit it!!

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  12. Kimberly C.

    WOW great historical sights. i had no idea all this was there. Your photos make me feel like I was there too. Thank you.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot for your comment Kimberly!! I’m glad you like it.

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  13. Ravi

    Had visited Jaipur couple of times, but never to the Fort. The pictures look great and must visit next time..

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes Amer is worth-watching!! Thanks for your comment Ravi!!

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  14. alisonrost

    What a beautiful place to visit. The architecture of the forts is beautiful. The gardens too .. I can’t believe how well kept they are. How I’d love to go one day

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thank you so much for your comment Alisonrost!! Yes, they are well maintained now-a-days!!

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  15. Claudia H. Blanton

    how stunning! I wonder how much fun a trip would have been going there with my history-buff Father. Sadly, he passed away a few years ago, but I have inherited his curiosity, and maybe can take him to this Fort one day in spirit. Blessings!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ohh!! Sorry for your loss, I think you had spent wonderful time with him. He seems to be a very interesting person as I’m too a history-buff person. I totally agree with you things are passed on through our parents.
      Best wishes!!
      Travel hard, travel safe!!

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  16. Diane Hoffmaster

    These are some beautiful photos. I understand about not being able to travel much during college. Between having no money and all the studying, travel is difficult. But glad you finally managed to get out here to see it!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Diane!! Thanks for understanding me and my college. Sometimes travel become difficult in that!! And thanks for liking the photos.

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  17. Ana De-Jesus

    That has to be one of the most beautiful forts I have ever seen it is practically picturesque. Moata lake is beautiful but what I find fascinating is the history behind the fort and its origins x

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes, I totally agree with you, history of Amer fort is really fascinating!! Thanks for liking Ana De-Jesus!!

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  18. Chelsea Elizabeth

    Wow! The pictures are incredible. It looks like an amazing place to visit. A trip of a lifetime

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes a perfect trip of the lifetime!! It looks more amazing during December-January!! This site looks more happening in that time!

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  19. August Pfizenmayer

    Wow–those photos are absolutely breathtaking. I will definitely have to travel there one day!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks August Pfizenmayer!! You will love Amer when you visit!!

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  20. Noblandmakeup

    I’m so jealous that you got to travel here! The sights are beautiful!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha… Thank you very much Noblandmakeup!!

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  21. Kaustubh

    Kesari garden stole my heart. Beautiful pics!

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  22. Travel, Food and Fitness By Sapna

    I have never been to Amer fort bu you have given such a vivid despription that seems I was there only. A real crowdy place. By the way Nice pics

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thank you Sapna for your valuable comment!! Thanks for liking my pics. This place has such an aura that even in summer it remains crowded, even during working days!!

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