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A Complete Guide for Visiting Amber Fort in Jaipur, India

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You may have heard about the Amber Fort in Jaipur, the Amber Palace, and the Amer Fort. But, did you know they are not all different places? This incredible fort is referred to by a number of names, and we're going to clarify the answers for any questions you may have.


As one of the most spectacular forts in India, the Amber Fort in Jaipur is a must-visit during your Golden Triangle itinerary.


In this guide we're going to share all of the details for visiting the Amber Fort, the different areas you can explore (and some you can't), and tips for having the perfect visit.

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Where is Amber Fort in Jaipur?

The Amber Fort in Jaipur is located north east of the city center. It's 7 km away from Hawa Mahal, and takes about 15 minutes driving, depending on traffic.

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How to Get to Amber Fort in Jaipur

There are a number of ways that you can get to the Amber fort in Jaipur.


We found the easiest option to be Uber, as you can pay with card and you don't have to worry too much about trying to haggle with the price. Another option is to take a tuk tuk, but this does take longer, and as we were visiting when it was still dark out, we felt much more comfortable in a private, closed vehicle.


Some people opt for tours, which include transportation, and you could also get a local bus. However, with prices as low as they are in India, it's not really worth sacrificing your comfort or the headache of looking for a bus in our opinion.


Here are a few tours that you can sign up for in order to enjoy the Amber Fort with a guide:

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Amber Fort vs Amber Palace

When we first saw pictures on Instagram, we were under the impression that all of the places we saw were in the same place. However, this is NOT the case!


The Amber Fort (also known as Amer Fort) consists of the fort itself, the Amber Fort Palace, which is inside the main fort premises, and the Amber Fort walls, which is 12 km (7 miles) long, and goes up and down stairs surrounding the city.


Amber Fort in Jaipur city walls
Amber Fort palace in Jaipur

The city walls and palace are two different parts of the Amber Fort in Jaipur.


Both the Amber Fort and the city walls are worth a visit, and we're going to share the details of both experiences.


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Amber Fort in Jaipur

The main entrance to the Amber Fort in Jaipur is open to the public, free of charge. This area has several sets of stairs that lead up to the main fort area. Here you'll find locals selling coffee, snacks, flowers, and some souvenirs.

maint entrance of the Amber Fort in Jaipur

You'll also notice that this area is full of elephants, and many tourists ride the elephants around the fortress, rather than walking and taking the stairs.


elephants at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India
elephants at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India
elephants at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India
elephants at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India

This is ANIMAL CRUELTY! Please DO NOT participate in riding the elephants, as it is extremly damaging to their spines.


Instead, take your lazy butt up the stairs. We promise, there really aren't that many! It's also a pretty scenic walk up, and you'll get beautiful views along the way.


amber fort in Jaipur, India
ambert fort in Jaipur, India
amber fort in Jaipur, India
amber fort in Jaipur, India
stairs at the Amber Fort in Jaipur, India

Now, the fortress area has some beautiful views, and you can walk around the area, as well as get your tickets to the Amber Fort Palace.

 

ambert for in Jaipur, India
amber fort in Jaipur, India
amber fort in Jaipur, India

Amber Fort Palace 

The Amber Fort Palace is simply stunning, and has some really amazing views, as well as some great photo spots! This place gets crowded though, and does require a ticket to enter.

entrance to the amber fort palace in Jaipur, India

The first area of the fort has a grand entrance, and is the most popular place for people to take pictures. 


amber fort palace in Jaipur, India
amber fort palace in Jaipur, India
amber fort palace in Jaipur, India

On the side, you'll see that there are some beautiful arches, and this is also a popular photo spot, as well as an area with a long balcony to enjoy the views below.


amber fort palace in Jaipur, India
amber fort palace in Jaipur, India


As soon as you enter the fort, you'll have a small hallway to the courtyard, and there will be several stairwells.


You'll find a series of rooms, viewpoints, and unique architecture around the Palace. It's actually pretty easy to get lost, so explore slowly, and you can always ask security for help if you need it.

amber fort palace in Jaipur, India

The Secret Room at the Amber Fort Palace

We've seen this photo all over Instagram, and had to know where it was! Honestly, the room is kind of tucked away, making it a bit of a maze to get to.


The secret room is on the left side of the fort, and can be found by entering through the back left side of the fort, but walking through several passageways through the left from there. We got there early and asked a security guard to help us, and he happily walked us there.

amber fort palace in Jaipur, India

Amber Fort Walls

The Amber Fort Walls are 7 miles of stairs that wind around the city, and are dotted with several towers. 


There are some of these towers that are actually not open to the public anymore, due to past storms. but luckily there are still some really cool areas that you can reach.


Amber fort city walls in Jaipur, India
Amber fort city walls in Jaipur, India
Amber fort city walls in Jaipur, India


We ended up getting completely lost, and climbing through the woods to get up to the stairs of one of the towers which was open, and right by the round platform you see below.

Amber fort city walls in Jaipur, India

The best thing to do is ask a local the day before you plan on going to the city walls, so that you can safely make it to the areas of the city walls that are open to the public.


Monkeys at the Amber Fort City Walls

There are tons of monkeys that hang around the Amber Fort city walls. They're really adorable, but also can be very territorial. Make sure to keep your distance, keep your bags closed securely, and don't tease or taunt them.

monkeys at the Amber Fort city walls in Jaipur, India
monkeys at the Amber Fort city walls in Jaipur, India
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