Amer Fort Jaipur | Facts, History, Timings and more

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Rajasthan is very well known for it’s majestic forts and palaces. These exhibit the power and grandeur of the era of ruling royal kingdoms. Many such forts have been declared as the UNESCO world heritage sites. One such fort is the Amer Fort located in the town Amer which is just at 11 kms from Jaipur. This magnificent fort overlooks Maota lake and is spread over a very captivating landscape. The Amer Fort is also referred to as Amber Fort by many tourists.

Amer Fort Jaipur

What’s the History behind the Amer Fort :

Amer was originally the capital of Rajasthan until the 18th century. The Amer Fort or Amber Fort was constructed in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh I who was one of the Navratnas (nine gems) of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. It was further expanded and renovated by Raja Singh I and other successive rulers. Amer Fort had served as a royal residence to Rajput rulers until Jaipur was declared as the Capital of Rajasthan.

Architecture of Amer Fort :

The Amer fort is built of red sandstone and marble. It is a perfect blend of the outlooks of the Rajput (Hindu) and Mughal (Islamic) architectures. It has a very grand layout comprising of royal courtyards, temples, palaces, gardens and chambers. This fort’s spectacular architecture will leave you completely spell bound by it’s beauty.

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Sight seeing in Amer Fort:

Once you reach at the parking or the drop off point of Amer fort, you can either climb the stairs to reach to the fort or you can drive up to the fort. I preferred climbing up to the fort because of the perfectly fine weather and the beautifully surrounding views. If you are also keen on climbing up to the fort make sure you are in your comfortable shoes because there are a lot of stairs up till there.

However, you can also reach the fort entrance directly by your car. The main entrance of the fort is through Suraj Pol (Sun Gate).

Now, let’s have a look at the major sight seeing places that you should not miss out on in this palace;

Jaleb Chowk :

The entrance of the fort will lead you into the main courtyard Jaleb Chowk. This is the place which used to be the major assembly area for the soldiers of the royal military force. This courtyard covers a vast area where many important parades and declarations for the military forces took place. From here you can purchase tickets for further viewing of the fort. The main palace starts after you climb the stairway from this courtyard which would lead you to the second courtyard.

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Diwan – e – Aam (Public Audience Hall):

As the name suggests, Diwan-e-Aam is the area where the ruler used to address and hear the petitions from common people. This hall stands on a raised platform having evenly built pillars made of marble and red stone.

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Ganesh Pol:

Ganesh Pol is a very exquisitely decorated entrance gate to the third courtyard which houses the private premises of the ruler. It is named after Lord Ganesha who is a symbol of wisdom and new beginnings. As you pass through Ganesh pol, you will see a beautiful Mughal style garden separating two buildings, one is Sheesh Mahal and the other is Sukh Niwas.

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 Sheesh Mahal:

Sheesh Mahal is the most amazing part of Amer Fort. The walls and ceilings are decorated with intricate mirror works and colored glasses. The women of the palace were not allowed to go outside in the night. The ruler called out for the finest architects to build Sheesh Mahal with mirror work. The women used to lit one candle during the night in Sheesh Mahal, the spark of which reflected on the ceilings making it look like the night sky full of twinkling and sparkling stars.

On top of the Sheesh Mahal is the Jas Mandir which was a place for relaxation for the ladies of the palace. This part of the palace is also very beautifully designed and decorated with floral patterns and mirror works.

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Magic Flower:

The magic flower is a floral pattern designed in one of the pillars of Sheesh Mahal. It has a very unique feature of having seven different designs depictions from a single flower.  It unfolds designs of a lotus, a fish tail, hooded cobra, elephant’s trunk, lion’s tail, a scorpion and a cob of corn each time when partially covered by both hands. The magic flower is one of the rare things you come across while visiting such forts and palaces.

Sukh Niwas:

Sukh Niwas was the place where the ruler used to relax and spend time with his ladies. It is also beautifully decorated with ornate carvings. There is a channel from where a piped supply of water flows into the garden keeping the atmosphere within Sukh Niwas cool and airy. This used to be an ancient technique to maintain the environment within the quarters air conditioned.

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Zenana :

Further is the fourth courtyard comprising of Zenana, which is the area where the women of the palace resided. Zenana had separate rooms for each queen. Each room had a private passage to the king’s room. The king would visit the queen he wished to spent time with through one of those passages.

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Kesar Kyari :

Kesar Kyaari is a very scenic and picturesque garden of saffron built over the Maota Lake. It is said that saffron plants were used to be planted here by the king in 15th century.

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Sila Devi Temple :

It is said the king found the deity from a seabed after being instructed by the Goddess Kali in his dream. After the king won a war against Bengal, his belief became strong and he then installed the deity in the temple and called it Sila Devi. During a hindu festival Navratri, the royal family used to sacrifice a goat’s life and offer prayers for the goodwill of their kingdom. However this practice was stopped under a law in 1975. This temple has an entrance through a double door made of silver and can be reached through a flight of stairs from Jaleb Chowk. The Sila Devi temple is the most visited part of the fort and remains crowded due to a large number of devotees visiting it to offer their prayers.

Light and Sound Show :

The Amer Fort illuminates beautifully during the evening hours. It has an amazing light and sound show near Kesar Kyari showcasing the history of Amer Fort and the culture of the people of Amer. There are two shows every night, Hindi and English. The Hindi version starts at 8 PM and the English version starts at 7:30 PM.

Best Time To Visit Amer Fort:

The best time to visit Amer Fort is during the winter season which falls between October and February. Weather during the monsoon time during Mid July till September is also good and bearable. The summer season which falls between March and June must be avoided because they are very hot and extreme.

How to Reach Amer Fort:

Amer fort is located at a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur. You can easily hire a cab from Jaipur city to reach Amer fort. The cost of the cab depends from where you are picking it minimum being Rs. 150. However, if you are visiting Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, you can catch a bus from there that will take you to Amer in just Rs. 18.

Opening Time Of Amer Fort :

Amer Fort is open for visitors everyday from 8 AM to 5:30 PM. It re opens at 7 PM for the light and sound show.

Ticket Prices for Amer Fort :

The ticket prices for Amer Fort is Rs 100 for Indians while Rs. 500 for foreigners. There are also composite tickets available here costing Rs. 300 for Indians and Rs. 1000 for foreigners. This ticket is valid for two days and you can visit any forts including Amer Fort, Jantar Mantar,  City Palace, Nahargarh Fort, Albert Hall and Hawa Mahal.

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64 thoughts on “Amer Fort Jaipur | Facts, History, Timings and more

  • September 28, 2018 at 2:13 pm
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    These images are gorgeous. This is going on my bucket list. What a beautiful place and thorough explanation of the fort.

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    • September 28, 2018 at 3:05 pm
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      I am glad you found it resourceful 😀

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  • September 28, 2018 at 3:01 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this, I love finding out about places I wouldn’t know about otherwise. I’ll be sure to add this to my list for a visit!

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    • September 28, 2018 at 3:06 pm
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      Welcome:)

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  • September 28, 2018 at 11:33 pm
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    Very informative blog, the pictures are absolutely beautiful. It’s been very long I have visited Jaipur, have to go again soon.

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    • September 29, 2018 at 6:18 am
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      Thank you! Jaipur has lots of places to explore, you must definitely make a visit there.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 10:21 am
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    I thought that the Sheesh Mahal was stunning. I loved the coloured glass and the the way the light reflected off it. I can imagine that it must have been really beautiful in candle light.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 11:06 am
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    I absolutely loved the Lights and Sound show at Amer Fort. Your post bought back memories. Also learned a thing or two from it!

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  • September 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm
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    Loved the article and all the details about amer fort.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 1:22 pm
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    What an impressive place, I hadn’t even heard of it before. The courtyards are lovely and the architectural details are beautiful. It looks so huge too.

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  • September 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm
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    oh my god, this place is breathtaking. so beautiful, I hope to visit one day <3

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  • September 29, 2018 at 8:38 pm
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    Hi Anjali, love your description and details, especially the history, palace layout and architecture, along with the pictures. It’s such a charming palace. The sheesh mahal and the gardens looks so pretty. What was your favorite part?

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    • September 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm
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      Thanks a lot 🙂 I loved the sheesh mahal, kesar kyari and the surrounding views from the fort!

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  • September 29, 2018 at 11:11 pm
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    This fort looks amazing. I love seeing the history of places I visit. Military history is my favorite and love how prestine the fort is kept.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 10:16 am
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    Amer is one of the most beautiful and well maintained forts I have seen in India.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 11:50 am
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    I am planning to visit Jaipur in October this year. Amer fort would be in the must visit list. I just have one question. I heard about elephant safari at the fort. Is this ethical there?

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    • September 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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      I was at Amer Fort last month and didn’t find any elephant rides going on there. I am not sure if it’s still allowed.

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  • September 30, 2018 at 12:19 pm
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    I missed the light and sound show last time. Your post is very precise and informative too.

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    • September 30, 2018 at 12:44 pm
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      Thank you 🙂

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  • September 30, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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    What a fabulous informative post! I would love to visit India someday and visit the Amber Fort, your pictures are really beautiful, the place looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

    Louise | http://www.loudoestravel.com

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    • September 30, 2018 at 1:49 pm
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      You are welcome 😀

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  • September 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm
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    Thank you for an informative and very detailed guide! Amer Fort keeps appearing on Instagram feeds lately and it has really made us want to visit some day!

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  • September 30, 2018 at 4:40 pm
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    That architecture is amazing, I can’t imagine how long that took to create. Thank you for providing the history too!

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  • October 1, 2018 at 6:14 am
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    Rajasthan and it’s architecture! Always so appealing! You’ve shared some great facts here which I didn’t know about. Thank you 🙂

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  • October 1, 2018 at 7:11 am
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    I have never been to India but these Forts are so grand and majestic. I wold love to visit here one day 🙂

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  • October 1, 2018 at 7:49 am
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    It’s good to see that the palaces of Jaipur have been well preserved. They are magnificent, aren’t they? We’re visiting this winter and will definitely use your guide.

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    • October 1, 2018 at 7:54 am
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      Yes, they are magnificent, well preserved and very beautiful! I am sure you are gonna enjoy your trip.

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  • October 1, 2018 at 7:52 am
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    These images are absolutely stunning and your writing brought back a lot of great memories from my time in Jaipur. Thank you for sharing

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    • October 1, 2018 at 7:54 am
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      Welcome 🙂

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  • October 1, 2018 at 9:07 am
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    Anjali loved the detailed blog post with such stunning images. We have been to Amer before but the kids hardly remember anything. I guess it’s time to head back to Amer 🙂

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  • October 1, 2018 at 1:35 pm
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    Wow looks like a beautiful site to visit. I didn’t know much about this place before reading your post, thanks for sharing. The photos looks incredible by the way!

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    • October 1, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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      You are welcome!

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  • October 1, 2018 at 6:30 pm
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    I haven’t been yet but it’s on my list for whenever I get to visit India! I bet the sound & light show would be really cool.

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  • October 4, 2018 at 12:36 am
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  • October 5, 2018 at 9:38 am
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    I visited Amer Fort a couple of years ago,. I absolutely loved it. Such beautiful architecture, it was great to learn more about the history from thsi article.

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  • October 7, 2018 at 10:18 am
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    Ive never heard about Amer Fort but it looks stunning! I love places with a wonderful architecture and history!

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  • October 12, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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    Incredible Indian architecture, visited this place last year itself with my family and experience was just incredible.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 9:36 am
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    I have been in Rajasthan, visited Ajmer Fort but I never knew all these with so much details.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 10:58 am
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    Wow. This place is beautiful. I have been to India, but I did not visit there. That might just have to be added to my bucket list.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 12:22 pm
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    What a beautiful area! I need to get here one day. I always like exploring new parts of the world.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 3:48 pm
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    These locations are grand! I would love to visit the forts and historical locations while traveling the world.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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    Your images are beautiful I love how detailed and intricate the architecture is, I wish to be able to visit one day.

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    • October 25, 2018 at 4:21 pm
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      Thank you 🙂

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  • October 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm
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    I have never been to this part of the world. It looks so beautiful and very rich in history. Thanks for sharing.

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  • October 25, 2018 at 5:04 pm
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    Thank you so much for the info. This gives me an idea of what to do when next I visit.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 6:32 am
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    Last year we went Rajasthan and cover almost every place which you mentioned above. But there are few places which we missed like Kesar Kyari Garden, Sukh Niwas, Zenana etc. These places looks quiet amazing. We need to cover the remaining places asap. Thanks for the article. This is beautifully written.

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    • October 26, 2018 at 11:21 am
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      You are welcome and thank you so much for appreciating 🙂

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  • October 26, 2018 at 4:22 pm
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    I have never heard of this place but love to live through gorgeous photos that others share. This looks like a great place to visit.

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  • October 26, 2018 at 6:31 pm
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    I always love getting to know the history and some extra information standing behind the place I’m going to visit. I’ve never heard of Amer Fort Jaipur, but thanks to you I’d definitely love to visit it! 🙂

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  • October 26, 2018 at 7:56 pm
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    I love your photos, they are so beautiful and capture the real beauty of the place as if they are telling a story. I’ve never been here, but I may need to add it to my travel bucket list.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 6:04 am
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    Been reading a lot about Jaipur and honestly I didn’t know much about this and good thing I head over your site too. It has so many good places to explore.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 3:29 pm
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    Rajasthan is my absolute favorite! We are planning to visit again next year when we go to India. Your pictures are breathtaking.

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  • October 27, 2018 at 11:36 pm
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    It all looks so beautiful out there. They have some amazing architectural wonders out in India I would love to see, and now this one would be added to the list. So amazing.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 2:58 am
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    Beautiful fort, next time if we visit India sure we will go the Jaipur . Love to see fort and hawa mahal.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 1:20 pm
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    Amer-Font is an amazing place to visit. I love to visit these types of places and know new cultures. It’s good that you let us know what is the best time and route to reach so whoever want to visit this place can reach easily on right time.

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  • October 28, 2018 at 8:20 pm
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    These are all so gorgeous! Thank you for all the information you shared. Now I really want to see these places!

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