The Amber Fort
The Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Jal Mahal can be visited in a nice day trip as they are located near each other at only 11 and 15 km from Jaipur city center in Rajasthan India. The Amber Fort and the Jaigarh Fort, being basically one construction, is one the most spectacular forts in India, with almost all its original facilities intact.
The Amber Fort, 11 km from Jaipur city center
The Amber Fort
The Amber fort has a long history. The Amber Fort as we know it now was originally a palace within the fort we know now as Jaigarh Fort. Obviously there is a passage from one to the other. It is a majestic fort at the bottom of the hill. At the fort you can have a look at the Amer town nearby and the skyline of Jaipur.
The structure which is known today as "Amber Fort" was initially a palace complex within the original fort of Amber that is today known as Jaigarh Fort.
Many tourist make the journey "more Indian" by going up on an elephant. You will pass the city walls. It might be worth to take a guide but you can easily do it on your own too. In the evenings there's a sound and light show (I found it a bit tacky) but certainly worth a view.
The Ambar fort borders the Maota Lake which was still full of water when I visited. Over the centuries the water got very polluted.
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