The Amer Fort is one of the main attractions around Jaipur, so we decided to visit it.
It is a huge place, spreading across several hills and the stone walls go around the main village for kilometres – but it is also very popular with tourists.
We arrived in the late morning, after looking over the water palace Jal Mahal, and found the place to be very crowded. The light was already very harsh so we did not really want to go out to take pictures. We had a break for some chai masala tea and then decided to leisurely walk around.
To get up to the fort, you can hire an elephant for a ride – we thought this would be fun, and it was a very bouncy but entertaining ride on the back of a 35 year old elephant lady.
Here are Jonathan and Monica riding on an elephant:
We entered through the Suraj Pole Gate (Sun Gate), which leads to Jaleb Chowk, which is the first main courtyard. That’s where you then can purchase the tickets to go inside. We did not decide to go inside (but if you want to find out how it looks inside, check out the pictures here).
Once inside the first courtyard, we strolled around looking for interesting picture opportunities. The courtyard was too crowded with tourists, the lighting was harsh and it was getting very hot. So we were strolling around, looking at different areas for photo shoots.
That was when walked over to the other side, to see the views over Amer – can you see the big wall surrounding the fort? That’s very impressive! Just a shame about all the cars parked here, that ruins the photo.
But still, no good photo opp. So we continued our search until we saw some arches and walkways – that’s where we set up to capture people walking past. Unfortunately not many were wearing the beautiful traditional clothes, so I only got one shot of a girl in a sari – everything else was just tourists walking past.
We then asked one of the cleaning ladies, who was wearing a beautiful yellow sari, if we could take a few pictures of her – and she was more than willing. That’s when we got some nice shots.
But then it got really hot, so we decided to walk back downhill and search for a tea shop to sit and rest. We followed the path along and through the beautiful gardens until we were back in Amer again.