Amer Fort Jaipur is rated as one of the top things to do in Jaipur. It is a must-visit place in Jaipur. Recently, Amer Fort has been listed as one of the 17 iconic tourist sites identified by the Ministry Of Tourism of India. Amer Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a part of the “Hill Forts of Rajasthan” cluster. People call it by many names like Amber Palace, Amer Ka Kila, Amber Fort, and so on. Even though it is commonly called a fort, in reality, it is a palace since it was a residential unit of the royal family.
What’s the History behind the Amer Fort :
Amer was ruled by the Meena tribe before Kachwaha Rajputs took control. The capital of the Kachwaha ruler was Dausa near Jaipur. They were originally from Narwar before emigrating to this region. As per popular opinion, Kachwaha Rajputs befriended the Meenas and later massacred them to take control of Amer town.
Amer became the capital of the Dhundhad region ruled by Kacchawa Rajputs. The current building known as Amer fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in the 16th century. Many additions were made subsequently until it was abandoned in the early 18th century when the capital was shifted to Jaipur. The history of Amer Fort consists of a dark period when it was taken over by Mughals until it was recaptured by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.
It takes 45 minutes to 90 minutes to complete a tour of Amer Fort. With so much to see and experience, this Amer Fort travel guide blog intends to help you plan your visit to the most popular fort in India. It intends to answer traveler’s common queries on the fort. I’m listing here what to see in Amer fort in the order of importance.
Architecture of Amer Fort :
The Amer fort is built of red sandstone and marble. It is a perfect blend of the outlooks of the Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) architectures. It has a very grand layout comprising of royal courtyards, temples, palaces, gardens and chambers. This fort’s spectacular architecture will leave you completely spell bound by it’s beauty.
How to explore Amer Fort?
The ideal walking plan to explore Amer Fort should be in the following order:
- Jaleb Chowk
- Ganesh Pol
- Diwan E Khas/ Sheesh Mahal
- Sukh Niwas
- Suhag Mandir
- Zenana Deori
- Amer-Jaigarh Tunnel
- Sheela Mata Mandir