PhotoDiary: A Virtual Tour To Amber Fort Jaipur

I am visiting Jaipur and thus it is impossible to not share the places I saw, with you. Today, I am going to take you to a virtual tour to Amber Fort in Jaipur. Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, India and is one of the most culturally rich cities of the country. The city has lots of museums, forts and shopping options which make it a very popular destination  for tourists.

In this post, I have compiled 33 photos of the Amber Fort Jaipur. But this post has a little more apart from just photos. I hired an awesome guide to tour around this fort cum palace (His name is B.S. Singh). The guide, being a government approved guide, knew a lot about the fort and thus made the whole visit even more amazing.

entrance of amber fort jaipur
entrance of amber fort jaipur

This is me at the entrance and behind me you can see the amber fort jaipur and in the far left, you can also catch the glimpse of Jaigarh Fort which was used by the kings’ army. On lower left, there is a small artificial lake which was built for a very special purpose which I will explain later.

a small place at entrance of amber fort jaipur
a small place at entrance of amber fort jaipur

This is a small place built near the entrance footpath. And you can catch a glimpse of my guide over here too. Thanks to the fellow tourists for clicking my picture. There is a small entrance fees for visiting this fort but the visit is worth much more than the fees they take for it. I hired the guide at Rs. 200.

the wall sorrounding amber fort jaipur
the wall surrounding amber fort jaipur

There is a 34 feet (if I remember correctly) long wall surrounding  the Amber Fort Jaipur as well as the city which is often referred to as Old Jaipur. The small dome shapes you can see at the top are watch towers used by guards. No one could enter the city without the guards’ permission during those times.

view from entry stairs of amber fort jaipur
view from entry stairs of amber fort jaipur

To enter the fort, you can either take an elephant ride or hire a jeep. But I chose the third and health friendly option which was to climb up the stairs. This is the view of the lake from the stairs and in bottom, there are elephant cages. Elephants were very moody and could go out of control. That’s why they didn’t keep elephants inside the fort but made a special place for them over here.

the old jaipur city
the old jaipur city

This is old Jaipur city. During the time of the kings, this was the original Jaipur. But as the population of the city increases, the king named Jai Singh shifted the city to the present Jaipur.

one of the many doors/ pols of amber fort japiur
one of the many doors/ pols of amber fort japiur

There are different doors inside the Amber Fort Jaipur used for different purposes. For example, there is a Sun door at the entrance which was used by the King and VIPs to enter the fort while there is a moon door which was used by normal citizens to enter the palace.

here's the best guide you can get for touring around amber fort jaipur
here’s the best guide you can get for touring around amber fort jaipur

This is my guide. His name is B.S. Rathore and I would definitely recommend hiring him if you plan to visit Amber Fort Jaipur. He explained everything so well and so patiently… even waited for 2 hours which I spent while shopping (without complaining).

place where king's court was organized in amber fort jaipur
place where king’s court was organized

This is where the king used to hold his court. This is the same place where Akbar held his court in the bollywood movie Jodha Akbar. You would be amazed by how many movies were shot in this place and how the guide could explain the different shots they took.

entry to the main palace of amber fort jaipur
entry to the main palace of amber fort jaipur

This is the entrance to the palace. If I remember correctly, this door is known as Singh door/lion door.

water harvesting system at amber fort jaipur
water harvesting system at amber fort jaipur

Yes, of course this is the shot of the king’s court while I am inside the palace. But there is something amazing in this picture which you cannot see. The floor hides the huge water harvesting system designed by the kings 200 years ago. Due to lack of water and transport of water, they designed a rain water harvesting system. This storage could store enough water to be consumed for 2 years. Isn’t that wow?

paintings using vegetable paint at amber fort jaipur
paintings using vegetable paint at amber fort jaipur

I am still at the entrance of the palace and what I am touching is the paintings made 200 years ago which have never been renovated. The reason – they didn’t need to. The paintings are made using vegetable paints which don’t fade away with affect of climate or time.

paintings using vegetable paint at amber fort jaipur
paintings using vegetable paint at amber fort jaipur

Look at the paintings… not me 😛

saffron garden
saffron garden

I have taken this picture from the bathroom in the palace. But here we must talk about saffron garden. This garden you see is called saffron garden because a long time ago, only saffron was grown in this garden. Now is the time to explain why an artificial lake was built. Saffron was to be used as a sort of room freshener for the entire fort. But saffron couldn’t grow in climate of Jaipur, Rajasthan. So this lake was built around the garden which cooled down the garden and thus made it possible to grow saffron in it. Due to climate change, it is impossible to grow it now and thus the saffron garden is just a name at present. The plants here are normal plants.

view from amber fort jaipur
view from amber fort jaipur

That’s the stair case I used to reach the fort. It was quite a good exercise. 😉

view from king's bathroom at amber fort jaipur
view from king’s bathroom at amber fort jaipur

I loved the view from the bathroom. Really 😛

saffron garden at amber fort jaipur
saffron garden at amber fort jaipur

Isn’t the whole place beautiful?

bath tub at amber fort jaipur
bath tub at amber fort jaipur

This is the bathtub used 200 years ago. There is a very nicely planned heating system which was used as a water heater. And we think we are smart to use geysers etc. If you ever visit Amber Fort Jaipur, don’t forget to ask how the whole water system worked. The engineering plan is awesome.

sheesh mahal amber fort jaipur
sheesh mahal amber fort jaipur

This is one of the most famous attractions of this fort. The glass used in this area was imported from Belgium 200 years ago and it took 3 years just to import the glass. The place is amazing. And you can click some really cool pictures here. Ask your guide for the photography tricks in this place.

place where queens used to sit during court hearings
place where queens used to sit during court hearings

This is a view from a place where queens used to sit to see the court’s hearing or attend any functions. They were not allowed to go in the public. This was done after the king Allaudin Khilji fell in love with a queen and declared a war with her husband. From then onwards, queens had to follow such rules.

big window facing king's court at amber fort, jaipur
big window facing king’s court at amber fort, jaipur

The unique part of this place is while queens could clearly see outside as you saw from the previous picture, no one could see the queens from the ground floor. Engineering 😛

me at amber fort jaipur
me at amber fort jaipur

This is the garden besides Sheesh Mahal. Don’t look at me but look just beside me on left side in the back. That place was where the old air conditioning system was installed. The place had a water passage which flowed through the hall. There were curtain installed so that when water flowed, some of it fell on the curtains and cooled the entire hall. The water was not let wasted and the garden is actually  a system designed to reuse the water by restoring it after it went through the fountains. Can you wonder how much thought they gave into each thing?

king man singh's haveli behind amber fort jaipur
king man singh’s haveli behind amber fort jaipur

This might seem to be  a shabby place but those degrading buildings at the back were a part of the actual palace of king Man Singh. When he became a chief commander in Akbar’s army, he made a deal of conquering the west in name of Akbar while he got to keep all the money. Then he used that money to build Amber Fort Jaipur.

utensils at amber fort jaipur
utensils at amber fort jaipur

These are the big utensils used in kitchens of the king. These are the same ones where Jodha cooks food for Akbar in bollywood movie Jodha Akbar and then magically gets transported to fort at Fatehpur Sikri for the next scene of making Akbar taste the food. 😛

air conditioned hall at amber fort jaipur
air conditioned hall at amber fort jaipur

A close look at the entire air conditioned hall.

air conditioned hall at amber fort jaipur
air conditioned hall at amber fort jaipur

Behind Amber Fort, there is the India’s only Krishna Meera Temple.

vehicle of lord vishnu - garuda at amber fort jaipur
vehicle of lord vishnu – garuda

This is placed at the entrance of the temple. In center, you can see the vehicle used by Lord Vishnu – Garuda.

Krishna Meera temple at amber fort jaipur
Krishna Meera temple at amber fort jaipur

Krishna Meera temple from inside.

Krishna Meera temple at amber fort jaipur
Krishna Meera temple at amber fort jaipur

The temple looks great from outside. Doesn’t it?

finix post at Krishna Meera temple at amber fort jaipur
finix post at Krishna Meera temple at amber fort jaipur

I loved how the guide told me about the best places to take pictures O:)

This is almost the end of the Amber fort visit. Once I was out of the fort, the guide took me to a nearby shop run by government where I was explained all the rich arts of Jaipur like different types of quilts, different types of saree embroideries and prints, different types of suits, kurtas, different types of traditional Rajasthani jewellery and shoes and a demo to prove the property of Vegetable paints that they don’t fade away even after being washed when they’re wet.

unique traditional saree at amber fort  jaipur
unique traditional saree at amber fort jaipur

Trip to Amber For Jaipur was one of the best experience I had on my trip to Jaipur. But there are many things I did before visiting Jaipur and many tips which I have for you if you’re planning a trip to Jaipur. Check out my new posts for more tips. And do share this if you like it.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information about Pink city Jaipur …Visiting in Jaipur is amazing experience. This is amazing place with historical monuments and rich traditional culture…nice blog……..

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