Updated: June 2019
Amer Fort – A real palace in India
Amer Fort in Jaipur is also referred to as the Amer Palace, Amber Palace or Amber Fort. It is one of the most popular forts in North India and one of the most visited forts in Jaipur. You can easily spend a good few hours exploring and taking lots of photos of course.
Where is Amer Fort Located?
The fort is located in Jaipur (The Pink City), Rajasthan, India. It is one of the most well known and most visited forts in India. The fort is built on a hill in Amer just outside the city next to the beautiful Maota Lake.
How to get to the fort?
Catch a bus
There are frequent buses that depart from the Hawa Mahal to Amber Fort they are crowded but cost between 15 rupees or 30 rupees with air conditioning.
You can hire an auto rickshaw which will cost you about 500 rupees return.
A taxi can be expensive and will set you back about 850 rupees.
Join a tour
If you don’t want to worry about transport to do Jaipur sightseeing then you could always join a city tour. You can read more about hiring tour guides in Rajasthan below.
How much the Amer fort entry fees?
Entry Fee is 500 rupees for foreigners and 100 rupees for Indians.
Night entry into the fort is 100 rupees per person.
Discounts are offered for students and children under the age of seven are free.
You can also purchase your ticket online
What are the Amer Fort Timings?
The Amer fort timings are:
8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. during the day.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at night.
When is the best time to visit Amer fort and avoid the crowds?
It is best to make Amber Fort your first stop of the day to avoid the heat and crowds or the last stop of the day if you want to see the sound and light show.
How much time do you need to visit Amer fort?
You will need at least 3 – 4 hours to explore the fort. This will allow you enough time to walk to the top and explore the ancient hallways and rooftops at your leisure.
What do you need to take?
- water (there is a small cafe to buy water at the top but they a bit expensive)
- a camera or GoPro
- comfortable walking shoes
- a backpack so you got your hands free to explore and take pictures.
How to get to the top of the fort?
Walk to the top of the Amber Palace gates
The way up to the fort is quite steep but it is a beautiful walk and gives you a different perspective of the fort. It will take you about 20 minutes to reach the top.
Be mindful though as you may get harassed by the local kids pulling at your stuff begging for money. If you lucky you may get to see a snake charmer on the way up which you will often find in Varanasi and other parts of India too. Once you at the top by the Jaleb Chowk courtyard, head to the counter to pay the entrance fee.
Take an Amber fort Elephant ride (or not!)
Please do not support this! Wild elephants won’t let humans ride them. Even if an elephant seem well looked after it had to be tamed. In order to tame a wild elephant, it is tortured as a baby which completely break its spirit. The process is called Phajaan. If you really want to see elephants up close then rather help them by going to a reputable elephant sanctuary.
Please consider these animals feelings and think twice before you do the Amber fort elephant ride. If tourist stop riding them then there will be no need for elephants at attractions and the torture will stop. If you are unable to walk up to the fort then see the options below.
Catch a Jeep
There are Jeeps parked at the bottom of the fort. They charge 300 Rs + for around trip there and back for up to five people. The driver will give you about an hour to look around before heading back.
Catch a Golf Cart
The Amer Fort golf ride to the top will cost about Rs 40 one way. It is available from elephant boarding point to Jaleb Chowk which is the main square in the fort.
Do you need a tour guide at Amber fort?
People will come up to you and ask if you want a local guide, but there have been reports of tourist getting scammed by these local guides.
Guided tour of Amber Fort
If you want a guided tour of Amber Fort but don’t want to risk getting scammed then you could always book a reliable guide beforehand.
Another popular option is booking a private Jaipur Day tour which visits all the popular attractions of the Pink City. Including Amber Fort, Sheesh Mahal, Jal Mahal (Water Palace), Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar and the City Palace. There is also an Instagram Tour of the best Photography tour available that will take you to the best Instagram spots in Jaipur.
Download an Audio Guide
You also have the option to download the Audio guide of Amer Fort on your phone. It has loads of information about the Fort and its history. It’s available in different languages and you can follow the voice guide at your own pace.
Don’t want a tour guide?
If you don’t want a guide and just want to walk through the fort to find your own perfect Instagram shot then we recommend at least watching a YouTube video or reading an article or two first. The fort is so much more magical when you know some of the History of the hallways and passages of the fort.
You can watch a short 10-minute documentary about the fort and it’s history here:
History of Amber Fort & Other Basic Information
This scenic marvel was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and three other predecessors after him over a period of about two centuries.
Jai Singh was the Hindu Rajput ruler of the kingdom, he later founded the fortified city of Jaipur and made it his capital.
The fort is made out of sandstone and marble. The architecture of the fort is a blend of Hindu and Muslim influence which you can see throughout the red sandstone, white marble rooms and archways. It contains a series of breathtaking palaces, halls, gardens, and temples.
Inside, elaborate mirror work adds to the grandeur making it a great place to explore. Be prepared to be taken back to the 16 centenaries with its glory.
Today Amber Fort it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The layout of Amber Fort
Amber Fort consists of a series of four courtyards, palaces, halls, and gardens. At its entrance lies the primary courtyard, known as Jaleb Chowk. It’s here that the king’s soldiers assembled and paraded themselves around. Suraj Pol (Sun Gate) and Chand Pol (Moon Gate) lead into this courtyard.
In the courtyard to the right, there are some small steps leading to Shila Devi temple. It’s open from 6 a.m. until noon, and again from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Walking around you can feel there are many stories attached to this mysterious marvel. There are even stories in its history which involve treachery and bloodshed.
Amber fort evening Light Show
Towards the bottom of the fort in the evenings near Maota Lake, there is a popular sound and light show which showcases the history of Amer fort using special lighting and effects.
There are two shows per night, in English and Hindi. The starting times change depending on the time of year. Most people who visit the fort remain for the show.
Cost of Amer Evening Light Show
The cost for the sound and light show is 295 rupees per person for both the English and Hindi shows.
Cost of Amer Evening Light Show
You can get your tickets at the ticket counter. Try to get them earlier to avoid the disappointment of selling out.
Times of the Evening Light Show
- October to February (tourist season) English 6.30 p.m. and Hindi 7.30 p.m
- March to April (summer) English 7 p.m. and Hindi 8.p.m.
- May to September (monsoon) English 7.30 pm. and Hindi 8.30 p.m
Where to eat at the Amber Palace?
1135 AD restaurant
If you want to feel like a Maharaja (king) then you can fine dine at the 1135 AD restaurant. It is situated on level two of the Jaleb Chowk level. It’s open until 11 pm and serves very authentic Indian cuisine.
Take a Segway Tour
You can enjoy the tour on a Segway scooter which has now been introduced to Amber Fort. The tours run from 11.am until 1 pm every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Where to stay in Rajasthan
If you planning on staying in the city for a few days then you could stay in one of our recommended India Accommodations.
We stayed at Hotel Helinski during our visit to Jaipur where you stay in a traditional Halevi with stunning views of Amber Palace from the rooftop terrace.
Alternatively, you will find a wide variety of accommodations available on Booking.com. You can choose the right place to suit your needs and read others experiences too.
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