Where to I have been to Jaipur a couple of times, and every time I visit the city, Amer Fort is a must stop. The palace has such grandeur, it almost immediately takes you to another era altogether. Not to mention all you Jodha Akbar fans out there, this is the palace where they shot most of the movie. Its a drop dead gorgeous location.
I was browsing through my blog posts the other day, and I realized that while I have written so much about pre-wedding photoshoot locations in Delhi, I have not done any posts on pre-wedding photoshoot locations a little distance away from Delhi.
If you’re done to death looking at prewedding photos shot in Humayun’s Tomb, or Qutub Minar, Lodhi Gardens, and the usual places…then listen up. Amer Fort might just be the one for you. I have combed the internet to search for prewedding photoshoots done in this palace, and let me tell you…only a handful of couples have picked this place.
So if you’re interested in going to a hatke location…then this post is just the one for you.
How far is it from Delhi?
About 250 kms roughly 5 hours drive.
Plan it on a weekend or take a two day break during the weekday and head over for a long drive with your hubby to be. The drive is pretty fantastic and you will reach the place before you even realize it.
How to commute?
A private car, or a volvo bus. I recommend a volvo bus as they are pretty comfortable and affordable. Buses go from Delhi, Gurgaon almost everyday and you have different time slots to choose from. Its pretty easy to get a ticket even at the last minute.
A little history about the fort
The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614). It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace.
Can I change outfits?
I don’t think so. I am not sure if you even have a washroom in the complex anywhere…so be prepared for a one outfit pre-wedding photoshoot. What you can do instead is, jugaad. Meaning…wear like jeans under your skirt, if you want to…and get another set of shots clicked.
My recommendation would be to stick to one outfit…a traditional outfit…a saree, a lehenga or an anarkali…something which is colorful just like the city…and go click click click. Don’t use up your energy on changing outfits.
An audience is inevitable in this fort. Its super famous, so even on the dullest of the days…you will see the palace packed. So if you’re ok with an audience, go ahead and get mushy mushy…but I think it might not work out that well. While foreigners really don’t care what you do…but desi crowd might. And in populated tourist places such as the Amer Fort…you might have one or two creepsters lurking around.
It is going to be tough for my photographer…Hell, Yes!
He has to capture your moments keeping a clean/clear background devoid of humans surrounding. Its a herculean task, let me tell you. You better go prepared with poses in mind where and what kind of shots…just to make life easy for him and you.
Charges & Timings
- Open from: 8.00 am to 6:00 pm
- Indian : Rs. 25.00 Student : 10
- Foreigner : Rs. 200.00 Student : 100
Best time to shoot the PreWedding Photoshoot
Mid October and November.
Summer is scorching heat in Rajasthan and given that the fort is up on a hill, you might not have the best time shooting. Onset of winters is the best time to visit this place, as the tourist season is about to begin, and you can get done with your photoshoot before all the tourist mania catches up.
Indian, Indian and only Indian.
No its not a rule…but forts and palaces are meant for dream like royal pictures…so why ruin it with western outfits. Go for colorful, florals, bright eye catchy colors in anarkalis, poofy lehengas and skirts. Get your man to don a sherwani or a Indo-fusion outfit for the photoshoot. Its going to be a hot day out…but the end result is going to be priceless !
What do you think of this pre-wedding photoshoot destination? Do you have any other locations bookmarked for your photoshoot?