This is your chance to ride an elephant up to the Amber Fort like the royalty of Rajasthan once did. Mount the animal from a raised platform and sit comfortably in a specially designed, secure seat as the majestic animal winds its way up the ramparts of the fort. The elephant is a gentle creature and the mahout (a person who drives the elephant) uses an ankush (a sharp hook used to guide a tamed elephant by prodding it on the back of its head) to guide the animal up the ramparts. The animals look beautiful as the mahouts decorate them, especially the trunk, with floral and geometric patterns using coloured chalk and powders.
Amber Fort is a classic Rajasthani fort-palace on the outskirts of Jaipur. Built on top of a hill with a lake at its feet, its construction was started by King Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. The rugged exterior of the fort hides an aesthetic interior where a harmonious fusion of the Mughal and Rajput style of architecture can be seen. The intricate carvings on the walls and ceilings simply astonish the visitors.
An elephant ride to the top of this fort is one of the most popular activities in Jaipur. A colourfully decorated elephant making his way up to the Fort makes for a quintessentially Indian photograph!
You will be picked up from your hotel in Jaipur and travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to Amber, a small township 11 kilometres away.
At Amber, you will mount an elephant to go up to the hill-top Fort. You will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide.
Wind your way up the ramparts and appreciate the beauty of the rugged hills in the background and the lake below. Listen to your guide regale you with stories of the history of the fort and the valour of the Rajputs. Every turn of the rampart will give you a different – and breathtaking - view of the fort and the hills. Marvel at how comfortable the elephant is walking up the ramp, often jostling for space with pedestrians who continue to walk along with the elephant unmindful of its lumbering presence.
Once you reach the top, you will enter the Fort through the grand Singh Pol (Lion Gate) gateway and continue to Jaleb Chowk, the courtyard where you will disembark from the pachyderm.
Within the Fort complex, see Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with images of the elephant-headed Hindu God, Ganesh. Marvel at the architecture of the Diwan-e-Aam or the ‘Hall of Public Audience’, the Diwan-e-Khas or the ‘Hall of Private Audience’ and the Sukh Niwas where a cool breeze blows across channels of water cooling the place. Don’t miss the Sheesh Mahal, the hall of mirrors and the Charbagh, gardens in a geometric design.
After the tour of Amber Fort, you will travel back to Jaipur in an air-conditioned vehicle and be dropped at your hotel where the tour concludes.
We got picked up from our hotel and driven in a nice car with AC to Amber Fort, where we had an elephant ride and a guided tour around the Fort. The Fort was absolutely beautiful... Miss C F Cohen Ennis
Easy to book online from the US. The company was very flexible in accommodating our travel needs. Our guide, Mr. Piyush, was totally excellent. Not only was he a... Lynne Wiseman
3 - 4 hours
Start time: 0900h (09:00 am)
Duration: 3 - 4 hours
Your hotel in Jaipur. (Please advise your hotel at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Your hotel in Jaipur
Do carry a hat, and a camera as there will be many photo opportunities on this tour
Please call the local activity operator at least 24 hours prior to the start of the tour to reconfirm the departure details
Elephant Ride is subject to availability of Elephants, If Elephant is not available due to any cause then we take the clients to Amber Fort by Jeep.
See the Cancellation policy for this product