Cycling My Way Through The Pink City Jaipur To Amer Fort
Today I somehow got up at 5 AM. I’ve been trying and after my Manali Trip, my cycling schedule got a bit disturbing. It’s like the feeling when you don’t cycle for a day or two and then you suddenly fall into that abyss of lethargy. I decided to break this lazy schedule with a cycle ride to Amer Fort.
Also, I have decided to include few fitness challenges in my daily schedule. I would be putting together a video that will show that change after 30 days of these challenges.
“Today is the first day of my 30 days challenges. 100 Pushups a day, 100 squats, 1000 rope jumps (Skipping) and 100 situps a day”
Waking Up Early
Jaipur is too hot these days. You can read my article on how to cycle in extreme temperatures. Since the pink city is literally burning the best time of cycling is early in the morning. So I woke up after 5 unsuccessful attempts of snoozing my alarms. I had literally set 5 alarms starting from 4 AM till 5 AM. So got up and got ready. Took out my bike, had an apple. (Never go out cycling empty stomach) Started pedaling my Merida, the idea was to reach Sanganeri gate at 6 AM. I know it’s pretty late as per Jaipur temperature standards, however, buddies are more important than time.
Meeting My Ride Buddies
I reached the point of meet roughly around 6:05 AM. Four more prominent rides were waiting for me, oops I waited for them. However, I thought of not waiting at Sanganeri gate, but head to Jal Mahal. Jalmahal is one of the most iconic tourist places in Jaipur. A fort, floating amidst man Sagar lake.
6:30 AM At Jalmahal
Mornings are humid as a result of rain that’s been hitting the city from past two days. A temporary relief from scorching heat. However, the place is still majestic. I have a special connection with Jalmahal because this place has been my favorite since my childhood. Those numerous trips to Nahargarh and Kanak Ghati and Jalmahal was supposed to be our stop for sure. A popular place which is been filled with tons of waste and garbage by ever building tourist population. So coming back to our ride. I met Ajay, Pranav, Another Varun, & Yuvraaj. Dr. Ajay Jain is the same person who helped me out in my article about acute mountain sickness if you guys remember. Read the article on Acute Mountain sickness here
“Let’s roll then, towards Amer Fort”
Route To Amer Fort
Mostly it’s the tarmac till the entry of Amer Fort via Sagar or either a turn before Sagar. An incline to the Amer Road gate and then the road is mostly downhill till Amer Fort. Once you reach the end of decline take a left turn or look for a turn to Sagar. This road will take you to a cobbled pathway which takes you to Amer Fort. Now, this is incline and that too cobbled, so MTB is good to have here. Even Hybrid works fine, as one of the rider, was riding a hybrid. However not too sure if a road bike is a good idea.
“Ride road bike at your own risk”
Amer Fort – A Living Heritage
The first thing that speaks about Jaipur history is Amer fort. The principal tourist attraction, Amer Fort, is situated 11 kilometers away from the center of the pink city. Amber is a small town with four square kilometers area under Jaipur. Even though we loved spending time at this historical place, however, the mercury was pushing us to go back home. I am enclosing the necessary details about Amer Fort for my fellow riders and travelers.
Visiting Hours : 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Contact No : 0141 253 0293
Entry Fee (In Indian Rupees):
- Indian: Rs. 25.00 Student: 10
- Foreigner: Rs. 200.00 Student: 100
Light Shows Timing (Onwards)
- In English: 7.30 pm
Entry Fee: Rs. 200.00
- In Hindi : 8:00 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 100.00
Elephant Ride at Amber Palace for two person Rs. 900/-
Let’s Dig Some History, Shall We!
The Amber Fort was built by ‘Raja Shri Maan Singh JI Saheb’ (Maan Singh I) (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614) in 16th century. Man Singh, one of the first war chiefs or the trusted general of Emperor Akbar. Akbar included him among the ‘Navaratnas’, or the 9 (nava) gems (ratna) of the royal court. Man Singh began the construction of a fortress-palace of white and red sandstone i.e. Amber Fort in 1592. He was the Kacchwaha (Rajput) of King of Amber, a state later known as Jaipur. Nearby he ordered to set a small temple devoted to ‘Sheela Mata’, his patron goddess.
Once you enter the fort area, there are three prominent places to visit within the fort premises. Do check out these places.
Diwaan-e-Aam and Diwaan-e-Khaas
Diwan-e-Aam or better known as the ‘Hall of Public Audience’ is a beautiful hall stands on two rows of ornamented pillars and opens on three sides. It is said that king used to listen about needs and complaints of the General public like the way our current leaders listens to our issues. What a joke! Reference: Amer Fort Guide!
Sukh Niwaas (Sukh Mandir)
Sukh Niwaas, (Name is orgasmic enough) which is opposite to ‘Diwaan-e-Khaas’ having doors made of sandalwood and ivory. There is a channel running through the hall, which carries cold water that worked as an air cooler. This system is better than our modern age airconditioning. In this artistic hall, the cold climate was artificially created. It is said that the kings used to spend time in this Sukh Niwaas with their queens and sometimes with their mistresses that is why it is known as the residence of pleasure or pleasurable residence in English. See, I am already beginning to like this dude. And here, we are on a troublesome search of OYO rooms. (To all unmarried couples)
Well, the name explains the whole concept. A room made of glass. Why and for what purpose? Here is the answer.
“The reason behind why this hall was made by the glass because in ancient days the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars shining”
So the king ordered his architects to make something which could solve the purpose. The most stunning thing about this hall is that if someone burns two candles, then the reflection converts that small light into thousands of stars. Phew! What a masterpiece.
ok, so this was about my ride to Amer Fort today. I am gonna go to work, make a vlog and also since I am starting all the three challenges today, it’s going to be a tough day. The evening I am going to run and do all the fitness challenges for today. I made a vlog for the entire day today, hope you guys like it. mentioning the video link below.
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