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No Elephant rides and Night tourism at Amber during Navratri festival

February 1, 2018, 1:45 pm

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Jaipur: Elephant rides and night tourism will be suspended at Amber Fort during the upcoming festival of Navratri. These rides at the massive courtyard of Jaleb Chowk, the site of several parades, and the popular Shila Mata temple attract a lot of tourists, however, will be suspended from September 20 until the end of the month and so will the night tourism. From October 1 to March 31, 2018, there will be 5 rounds per elephant in the morning from 7.30 am to 11.30 am and then again from 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm in the evening. Night tourism will be operational from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm during this period. On the occasion of World Tourism Day (September 27), the entry to this historic fort will be free. For the convenience of tourists during the festival period, ticket booking arrangements will be made at Singh Pole (Lion Gate) as well as Tripolia Gate. People can also take the exit route via the latter. People who wish to stay back and pray at the temple can also enjoy the light and sound show in English at 8.30 pm. Night tourism at the fort was officially launched on February 21, 2015, after putting the lights and fixtures in place. ‘Amber by Night,’ was initiated by the Department of Art and Culture, presenting a spectacular view of the fort with lights illuminating it and lending a new perspective to its ambiance. It has been a remarkably popular concept as low temperatures at night are a perfect way to explore the fort and witness the city from a great height. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to this magnificent fort is on the itinerary of every tourist visiting Jaipur. Thus, this historic fort, located 11 kilometers from the capital city, is one of the most visited tourist places in Rajasthan. It was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and has retained its old world charm. Its majestic grandeur has attracted many travel experts aswell who have written several articles about its history and opulence. In a recently conducted international survey, Amer fort was ranked number one out of 100 historical places in India.

First published: September 15, 2017