Come to Jaipur and visit the ancient and medival
forts and palaces to experience the real Rajasthan.
Safari Amber Fort
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Attractions » Elephant Safari in
Elephant Safari in Amber Fort
The Amer fort of Jaipur is also referred to
as Amber, a name which matches its golden-brown colour. This stunning fort
built of white marble and red sandstone sits atop a hill with the blue
waters of the Maota Lake framing its reflection. Located at a distance of
11 kilometres from Jaipur and it was once the old fort of the Kachhwaha
clan and was once the capital of their kingdom, which was later moved to
Jaipur. The imposing exteriors of the fort belie its ornate interiors,
which are influenced by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. The
outside is very imposing and rugged looking whereas the inside is richly
decorated with paintings on the the walls depicting various hunting
scenes, intricate carvings, mosaic and minute mirror work that make the
halls look majestic and imperial.
The fort has 4 sections, each within the premises and one has to climb up
through the imposing stairway or else the broad aisle, where one can ride
up on elephant back for a royal feel. In fact in the olden days when the
Elephant was the royal carrier, the dignitaries and other guests of the
royalty always rode up the winding path to the fort on Elephant back. The
same experience has been recreated for tourists.
The pachyderms are painted in beautiful colours of shocking pinks, blues
and yellows, their heads are decorated with vibrant designs and heavy
silver jewellery, they are richly draped with colourful cloths and howdhas
with comfortable cushions and canopies harnessed on to their backs. The
female elephants sport anklets with silver bells. Decked up in regal style
the Elephants wait with their handlers for passengers at the foot of the
climb. Here charming little platforms have been especially constructed to
enable you to mount the elephant with ease. Each elephant carries four
people and the handler who maneuvers the elephant's climb up the steep
zig-zag path. As you ascend the slope you can look down and see a steep
drop of a sheer few hundred feet, one of the advantages of being atop an
elephant is the magnificent views that this journey offers, the dips and
curves of the surrounding hills and valleys of the Aravali range, the
clear and still waters of the Maota Lake and the sheer size and magnitude
of the fort up above. The elephant sways past shops with brightly coloured
scarves and carpets hung down the walls as a display, you could almost
reach out and touch them. The mahout skillfully manages to bring elephant
to a stop at the entrance to the fort where the journey ends. It truly is
a thrilling experience.
Facts and Figures
The Elephant ride costs only Indian Rs 450 per elephant and each elephant
accommodates upto four people. The entry fee for the Amer Fort is Rs 10
for Indian citizens and Rs 50 for foreign nationals. The fort is open
between 9 AM and 4.30 PM.
The Amber fort and palace is a 10-minute steep climb through Jai pol
(Gate of Victory), 11 km from Jaipur on the Delhi-Jaipur road. Taxis can
easily be hired from Jaipur to bring you to the fort, the city also runs a
bus service to Amer.
Air : Jaipur is well connected to Delhi, Mumbai,
Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi.
Rail : The train service to Jaipur is available from
all the major parts of the country.
Road : Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places
in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.