The Amber Palace and Fort are the premier attractions when visiting Jaipur. They are located in the town of Amer, which is 11 kilometres from Jaipur within the state of Rajasthan.
Tourists can wait in long lines to ride an elephant to the hilltop entrance, which yields a colourful and majestic view from the parapets.
According to the sign, the palace was completed by 1599 over a period of 25 years.
Buildings within the complex include living spaces, meeting rooms, and a mirror palace.
The gardens are constantly maintained.
The hilly region adds to the sense of grandeur.
A short video clip provides an overview of the Fort from the street level and includes the music of a snake charmer.
There is a fee to enter the Fort.
There is a fee to ride the elephants; however, our tour group informed us they did not support this use of the elephants so we rode up in jeeps.
There is a small gift shop near the entrance.
Vendors are everywhere.