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Amber Fort - Tourist Places in India

Amber Fort: Attraction in India

Amber Fort, also known as Amer ka Qila, is located in the periphery of the pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan. Forts are one of the reason Rajasthan is visited by tourists from around the world. It was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and known for its artistic style which is a seamless fusion of both Islamic and Rajput architecture.

Amber Fort
Traditionally dressed women entering the Palace Complex inside Amber Fort. Notice the exquisite carvins and stucco work and floral paintings
Amber Fort is the largest fort in Jaipur and the most visited forts in India.  Millions of tourists from India and overseas arrive in Jaipur to visit Amber Fort every year. It also featured on the itinerary of India’s royal luxury trains including Maharajas Express, Palace on Wheels and Royal Rajasthan on Wheels.

Amber Fort History:  

Amer was known in the medieval period as and ruled by the Kachwahas from the 11th century till it was moved to City Palace, Jaipur in 1727 AD. Current fort as it stands today was constructed over the ruins of a small palace built by the Meenas. Meenas worshipped Amba as their patron goddess also worshipped as ‘Gatta Rani. 

The foundation of Amer ka Qila was laid in 1592 during the reign of Raja Man Singh. Man Sing was an important ally of Akbar in this region and became a part of the ‘navratnas’, the inner circle of nine courtiers, He also went on to become the commander of Mughal Army during Akbar’s reign. The fort was fully expanded and several palaces were built during the reign of Jai Singh I, after which the city of Jaipur has been named.


Amber fort was built on the bank of a lake over a hillock and it could be reached through flight up stairs or on Elephants too. There are massive walls sprawling in all directions which could remind you of the Great Wall of China. The fort built in pretty pastel yellow color and divided into four main sections each with its own entry gate and courtyard. The material used for building of palace complex is red stone and marbles.

Attractions in Amber Fort:

If you are taking the ceremonial way (the way maharajas used to travel) riding an elephant up the paved causeway, the gate opens into several havelis, large courtyards and a temple located flight up stairs. This is where the maharajas where welcomed after returning from battles of state visit and this is where queens prayed for the well being of kings after they took the blessing of Shila Devi, the parton goddess of Kachwahas Clan. The magnificent Shila Devi temple has an ornately carved silver door.

After your entrance inside the main complex, do visit the Sheesh Mahal or chamber of mirrors which is exquisitely designed and used to be the pleasure palace of the maharajas of Jaipur, Jas Mandir with its floral ceilings and latticed windows is an awesome sight too. Other attractions inside the fort complex are Diwan-e-Aam (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-e-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), and the Sukh Niwas.

Front Facade of Amber Fort
Front Facade of the magnificent Amber Fort , one of the largest and most visited forts in India

How to Reach in Amber Fort: 

The Amber fort is about 12 km distance from Jaipur Railway Station. Buses, taxis and Jeeps are very convenient and comfortable transports to reach in Amber fort. And there is also 10 minutes climbing distance between roads to the fort.

Entry Fee in Amber Fort

Entry Fee - Indian - Rs 10 and with professional photography camera Fee- for Still- Rs 50 and For Video – Rs 100

Foreigner - Rs 50 and with professional camera Fee – for Still- Rs 70 and for Video – Rs 150
Child - Rs 10

Best Time to Visit in Amber Fort

Best Time October to February is the best time to visit in Amber Fort. And the fort opens every day 9.00 am to 4.30 PM.

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Author Bio: A post graduate in marketing from University of Mumbai, India, seek out travel inspiration with friends and often through solo wandering, exploring heritage and culture, meeting new people, tasting local cuisine and choosing homestays over hotels . His travel stories and articles have appeared in several travel magazines, online travel guides and travel blogs among others.

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