While planning my travel to Jaipur and researching the Must-Do places I came across Amber Fort and Nahargarh fort and I just thought it was a part of Jaipur. But on actually reaching Amer I realized it was a whole (tiny) new town.
Welcome back to The Style Chair Blog, Im definitely not done with my Jaipur posts and her is a new post talking about the Forts in Jaipur and the best spots to get panoromic views of the city
Amer is protected by a massively long fort wall (I’m talking atleast 10kms long). It’s one of the biggest in India for sure and its visible from a distance on literally all of the hills around. It definitely doesn’t go unnoticed and after visiting I would definitely say its justified. Imagine having three forts in close vicinity to protect the Pink City. Its a truly precious city. So today Ive decided to talk about Amer and how I think its the Trifecta to Jaipur.
Amer has three forts: the Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort (the Amber fort and Jaipur fort are inter connected by a passage) and also the Nahargarh fort.
While Amber Fort is quite spread out and is magnificent with its various courtyards and palaces and not to forget the mughal gardens and even overlooking the Maota lake. The Amber Fort gives you a real feel of the royalty back then with its architechture. The Jaigarh Fort is at the top of the Aravalli Ranges and feels like a real ‘fort’ with its bird eye views and also it has the biggest cannon up there too, to have a look at. They even have the used weapons and other war utilities that are preserved and displayed in the fort museum. The Nahargarh Fort is quite iconic with its steps and overlooking a lake. There is a food court and a restaurant at the top of the fort with an excellent view, Padao. They also have the Jaipur wax museum and glass palace. The Sheesh Mahal was designed to honor the Mughal and Rajput architecture. The significance of this glass palace is that the entire room is made from hand cut glass. Sheesh Mahal in other parts of Rajasthan does not have a glass floor. This is what makes this a unique place to visit.
So, from escaping city traffic to driving through the hills and fort walls in clear sight. The ride to Amer is about half hour from the city centre but beautiful indeed soaking up sights of the city and of the serene landscapes of Rajasthan.
Our Uber dropped us right at the stand in Amer which is the drop-off and pick up point after which you can go ahead by foot or by jeep. So basically you get to authentically soak up the whole fort feel. And ofcourse the grandest option is to take an elephant ride to the fort just like the Maharajas did.
We took a Jeep ride up just like you see all the Rajasthani turbaned men drive around in the movies. And before I type out all the details I’m actually going to ask you to see all of the action for real in my Travel Vlog from my YT Channel! (If u like the video then don’t forget to hit the like button and Subscribe)
I’m sure you’ve seen the gorgeous views and got a feel of the place⬆️ but I’m yet going to attach below some of my favourite stills shot with Shivang (a Jaipur photographer) and also a list of things to keep in mind when visiting Amer!
Unfortunately we missed out on seeing the Nahargarh Fort but I am definitely going to visit that fort first thing in my next visit to Jaipur.
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Things to keep in mind when visiting Amer and the Forts!
- Keep a whole day to explore Amer and its Forts. Especially 2-3 hours for just the Amber fort and palace because it is actually that wide spread and has so many different sections.
- Carry sunblock and hats because the sun will be shining in all its glory while you are exploring the open Forts.
- Wear comfortable footwear because there will be a lot of walking.
- Definitely visit the Nahargarh Fort during sunset. It mesmerising watching the sun go down on the whole of Jaipur city.
- Carry a good zoom lens so you can get good bird view images.
- Due to low connectivity at the Forts there might be tough chances at times of finding an Uber so preferably take a cab or make sure than any other mode of transport is sorted out prior.
- Stay hydrated all the time. The sun and walking can really sap you out.
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