Maota Lake Tours

Situated in the town of Amber (Amer) in the outskirts of Jaipur in Rajasthan, Maota Lake was the main water source for the formidable Amber Fort (Amer Fort) back in its heyday. At the center of the lake is an island covered with lush gardens—including a saffron garden—planted by a 15th-century maharaja, Kesar Kyari Bagh.

The Basics
Maota Lake played an integral role in the development of Amber, acting as a primary source of water for Amber Fort and for the common people of the desert community, filling with rainwater from nearby hills during the monsoon. These days its role is more ornamental, though it is still used during the annual Ganesh Chaturthi processions, during which an idol of the elephant-headed deity Ganesh is submerged in the lake’s waters. 

Most tours of Jaipur and the Golden Triangle visit Amber Fort, and many stop at the lake for photos before heading up to explore the fort. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Swimming and bathing are not allowed in the lake.
  • Wear lots of sunscreen and a sun hat.
  • You can get great photos of the lake from the interior of Amber Fort just above it.

How to Get There
Maota Lake is located at the base of Amber Fort, west of Jaigarh Fort and approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) from Jaipur’s Pink City and the City Palace—about a 20-minute drive. Nearly all visitors come here as part of an excursion to Amber Fort or a larger Jaipur sightseeing tour.

When to Get There
You can visit the lake throughout the year, though Jaipur and Amber get very hot during the months of April through June. As such, the lake and its surrounding attractions are best visited early in the day, before it get too balmy, especially if you’re visiting in the warmer season.

Amber Attractions
Although Jaipur is now the capital of Rajasthan, the town of Amber was originally a stronghold of power and the ruling seat of Maharaja Man Singh. While the main attraction here is the Amber Fort, the area is home to a number of historic attractions, including the Jaigarh Fort, the Anokhi Museum, and, of course, Maota Lake.
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Private Tour: Jaipur Sightseeing Including Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort and Jeep Ride

Get a true taste of one of India's most colorful cities on this Jaipur private tour, which includes stops at architectural and cultural destinations such as Amber Fort and City Palace. Along the way, make a stop at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Jantar Mantar, and take a jeep ride up to the fort. Keep hunger at bay with a traditional Indian lunch. Travel in the comfort of your a private, climate-controlled vehicle, enjoy hotel pickup and drop-off, and spend between half an hour to 1.5 hours at each stop.
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Amber Fort Light and Sound Show with Dinner and Private Transport in Jaipur

Enjoy a memorable evening including typical Rajasthani cuisine, folklore entertainment and a dazzling lightshow on this 4-hour evening tour from Jaipur. Experience the landmark Amber Fort (Amer Fort) at its most magical, with its rich history brought to life by a light and sound show. Then, tuck into a delicious meal, while enjoying a traditional puppet show and live folk music. This private tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Amber Fort and Jal Mahal Including Jeep Ride

Get an up close look at one of India’s most striking masterpieces on a private tour of Jaipur’s Amber Fort. Following a jeep ride up to the fort, learn about the Hindu and Mughal traditions that influenced the design of this impressive structure from your expert guide. Take in striking views of the Jal Mahal palace, located at the center of peaceful Man Sagar Lake, as part of this all-day adventure, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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