Before there was Jaipur there was Amber (pronounced Amer). Amber Fort is located about six miles from Jaipur. Begun in 1592, moguls ruled from here until the capital was moved to Jaipur in 1727. The Fort underwent improvements and additions by successive rulers over the next 150 years.
Amber Fort looks over Maota Lake and it is stunning!
You can arrive at the Fort by elephant!
But our guide explained “there have been serious accidents when the elephants revolted”. Our tour arrived in jeeps.
The first courtyard is immense. Moving deeper into the fort brings you through 3 more courtyards, each smaller than the last and more private.
Over 4000 tourists a day visit Amber Fort during the peak season.
Across the street from our hotel in Jaipur was a lakeside park. In the middle of the lake is the Jal Mahal (Water Palace). Four of its five stories are under water when the lake is full!
The park is a busy meeting place with families out for a stroll and people selling all sorts of trinkets and food.