Guest Blog Post by Traveler Emily Briceno:
The moment we stepped into the entrance of the Amer Fort, we were instantly greeted by a group of elephants with colorful fabrics and “seats” on their backs. Our tour guide ushered us up to a platform that would make it easier for us to mount the elephants.
We then climbed onto the backs of the elephants two by two, once people were settled on top, we started up the mountain to the top of the amber fortress. As we looked to the horizon, we were face to face with a breathtaking view of the world below us, the bustling streets, the honking of cars, and the shouts of people living lives as different and complex as our own. As we were making our way to the top, street vendors called out to us trying to sell us things like patterned umbrellas, jewelry, and other nicknacks to which we responded with a polite “no, thank you”.
When we made our way to the top, the elephants stopped at a similar platform for us to get off. We then started to the grandeur entrance of the fort. Before I describe the fort in modern day time, let’s go back and look at the history of this fort. Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and was completed in the 18th century by Sawai Jai Singh. Talk about “standing the test of time”- I think this accurately defines Amer Fort. Amer was once called Dhundar and was ruled by the Kachhwahas for over five centuries until the 16th century when the capital was moved to Jaipur.
The Amer Fort has influences from Hindu and Muslim architecture. Not only is it a fort, but it has a temple and the “Ganesh Pol” which is a gate that leads to the private palaces of the kings. Additionally, Amer Fort has many pavilions and halls which makes it a fantastic attraction popular among tourists and locals alike.