RAJASTHAN- LAND OF ROYALTY | Amer Fort | Amber Fort

Amer Fort | Amber Fort

You have not seen the pink city eternally if you haven’t visited Amber Fort on your way. Amer fort or Amber Fort is located in Amer, Rajasthan which is 11 km away from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan.

Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) was always very fascinated with ancient structures made up of stones, marbles and red brick walls carrying tales of their own!

Yes! Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) was in the Amer Fort and even while I’m describing my experience; I can still recollect the utter amazement inside me when I first visited it.

We were there for one whole day to completely capture the essence of its history. It was a special trip for me because Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) was accompanied by my recently born daughter Nirvi Basra with me along with my dear wife. It was her first trip in 6 months since lockdown.

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Amer Fort or Amber Fort Jaipur is quite well documented not just through travel blogs but also quintessential movies that go way back to our childhood like the very famous Jodha Akbar. Having devoured it all, Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra)always used to be fascinated by the tales associated with these architectural beauties, the kings and his queens. Didn’t we all? One cannot stop himself from immersing in the grandeur of such rich cultural heritage.

Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) love visiting forts and I was sure that I would fall in love with Amer fort or Amber Fort too. Amer Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site and is one of the most visited places in Jaipur. Most of the Jaipur tour packages will include the fort in their itinerary.

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There are three major forts in Jaipur- Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort and Nahargarh Fort. Out of these, Jaipur Amer fort is the biggest and the oldest. For us, the Jaipur Amer Fort took up most of the day but it still felt as if we missed a few parts. So it can probably be right to say that one day isn’t enough to take a 360 view of it. But hey one can do anything if they want to. Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) had a baby with me so I was also jammed up with taking care of her every ounce of a second but you all can completely chill with your family or friends in this place.

LITTLE HISTORY

Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) guess, most of you may have heard of the Navratanas (9 gems) of Emperor Akbar- Birbal perhaps? Well, similarly RAJA MAN SINGH -I ( the ruler of Amer) was also one of them. It is him, who is to be credited for having built this architectural gem. The Amber Fort architecture is a good example of the Rajput style of design. Along with a fair touch of Mughal influence in it. Hence it is an amalgamation of both culture’s designs.

Secret passages, hidden corridors, and brilliant use of science for light are some of the key points of attraction in Amber Fort.

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OUR TRIP TO AMBER FORT

Jaipur is extremely hot during summers i.e. from April to June. Besides these months the rest of the year is pretty pleasant for the visit. Especially in winters between November to February.

Amer Fort in Jaipur opens up at 8 am and closes at 6 pm. This is the case on all days of the week. Being a key tourist attraction spot, there is a lot of crowds here. There’s no avoiding that except on weekdays, it might get a little lesser.

Early on a misty winter morning, we started our trip from Pushkar to Amber Fort with our little angel Nirvi. Just as our car crossed the hillocks of Aravalli, we got the first glimpse of Amber Fort. And that is where we met our very humble Guide. The guide introduced himself and vice versa and then he headed us to the fort. Our guide introduced us to the basic structure of this fort very exquisitely.

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GANESH POL AT AMBER FORT

We entered the fort through the magnificent entrance gate the Ganesh Pol which is actually the main gate of the Palace, though it is not the first gate. They say that the royalty was welcomed here with a full fan-fare, especially as they returned victorious from a battle. My filmy mind couldn’t stop but imagine a picturesque entrance view of Akbar greeting with a tilak by the royal Queen when he first visited Jodhabai in the movie Jodha Akbar. Of course, that didn’t really happen here but you get the picture right.

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SURAJ POL(SUN GATE)

The main entrance of Amer Fort is through the Eastern gate called Suraj Pol. the zig-zag path is well known Bollywood backdrop for many historical movies of the time being.

This gate was also used by the Kings for the army victory march after a certain victory was conquered by them.

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Amber Fort_Jaipur_Go Bro Ride-05

DIWAN-E-AAM( HALL OFOMMON AUDIENCEIN AMBER KA KILA)

Right opposite the Ganesh Pol is the Hall of a public audience. This is where the King heard the public grievances. The pillared stage has galleries on the top. These could have been covered with curtains to shield the women from public view.

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Amber Fort_Jaipur_Go Bro Ride-06

DIWAN-E-KHAS

Our guide guided us very intrinsically about the speciality of this place which was Magic Flowers. The chamber was decorated to impress with intricate floral designs interspersed with mirror work and glass. The magic flower of Amber Fort is carved such that you can spot 7 different pictures by covering various parts of the flower.

The Diwan-e-Khas is seamlessly attached to its other parts are called Sheesh Mahal and Jas Mandir.

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SHEESH MAHAL

One candle that was lit in the night, reflected throughout the palace-making the ceiling look like the night sky filled with twinkling stars.

Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) guess the very famous Mughal-e-Azam would have probably been inspired by Sheesh Mahal.

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Amber Fort_Jaipur_Go Bro Ride-04

ZENANA MAHAL OF AMBER KA KILA

This section is also referred to as Raja Man Singh’s Palace and it is where the women of the Palace used to reside. The central pavilion or the Bardari Mandir was used by the Royal Ladies and the King to just sit around. Around this pavilion, you will see some rooms – the biggest belonging to Raja and the smaller ones to the various queens of him.

The guide told us that there were 12 such rooms around the Bardari -one for each Queen.

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Now here comes the most interesting part:

1. The King was so superstitious that he is said to have Queen from each Zodiac sign. Fact or not but is open for interpretation for one!

2. Each room was connected through a passage with the King’s room. The passage was a private route that the only king could use. It was done so that when the King visited one Queen, the others wouldn’t know whom he was visiting. Privacy and Jealousy amongst queens could be easily avoided in this manner.

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We were literally baffled by the grandeur of the magical architecture of this entire place. Every sight you had a glance on had a story of its own.

Go Bro Ride (Dhruv Basra) guess we really made a good decision by checking it off our bucket lists and ideally I must say everyone should do.


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