The former capital of the state is at Amber, 11km from the present city. The cream coloured battlements surmount a rugged ridge of the Aravalli hills, overlooking a large lake below.
The fortress was built in the 16th century, and comprises of hundreds of now empty chambers, dungeons, servants quarters, halls of private and public audience, and delightful enclosed gardens with simple but charming water features. A labyrinth of passages connects the various sections of the palaces, leading you along raised passage ways, through glittering halls of mirrors and emerging into stunning belvederes. Near the entrance to the palace is a small temple devoted to the goddess Kali with solid silver doors.
Please note that, although it is possible to take an elephant ride up to the Amber Palace, we would not advise this. The elephants do not have the best facilities and this can feel like tourist parade rather than a genuine experience. If you are unsure about this or would like a more relaxed elephant experience then please ask us as there may be some very good alternatives available during your trip.