Photo of Amber Fort Jaipur
Where is Amber Fort?
At a distance of around 11 kms from the city of Jaipur, on the Aravalli hills is located the famous Amber Fort.
About Amber Fort
The Amer fort is an ideal example of Rajput passion for grandeur and their patriotism. For visiting tourists, the Amber fort holds forth numerous attractions in form of palaces, temples and gardens. Infact, reaching Amber Fort itself is a wonderful experience. Sitting on the back of an elephant, tourists feel themselves like a king or queen of the Rajput clan. It is because of this reason that though walking up the Amer fort is also an option, yet tourists prefer to take a ride on the back of an elephant.
History of Amber Fort
construction of the fort was initiated by Raja Man Singh I, however,
additions and modification were made later by Mirza Raja Jai Singh and
Sawai Raja Jai Singh as well. The Rajput rulers operated from this
very fort till the time the capital was shifted to Jaipur.
Inside the Amber Fort Jaipur
The architecture of the Amber Fort is a wonderful
example of the Rajput and Mughal style. The Amer fort is built in red
sandstone and white marble. The entrance to the fort is through the
Suraj Pol which opens into the Jaleb Chowk, the main
Amongst the most prominent structures inside the Amer fort is the Diwan-i-Aam or the Hall of Public Audience. The hall is adorned with latticed galleries and double row of columns. The top of the columns are each shaped like an elephant. There is also the Ganesh Pol with beautiful painted image of Lord Ganesh and jaliwork.
The Diwan-i-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience was a special place where the king met and discussed important issues with respected dignataries from his court and outside. The grace of the hall is enhanced by the mirrorwork that adorn the ceiling.
The mirror work is extraordinary in the Sheesh Mahal which according to its name glows with thousands of pieces of mirror. The moment a ray of sun or moon falls on these mirrors, the entire palace begins to radiate.
There is another structure, Jai Mandir, which appears brilliant with its exquisite mirror work. The Sukh Niwas stands right infront of the Jai Mandir and has doors made up of sandalwoods. Within the palace are the channels that permit the flow of water. These channels were earlier meant to allow passage of cold water which in turn helped to keep the atmosphere inside the palace cool and pleasant.
There are two temples in the Amer fort complex too. The first one of these, a small Kali temple is the place where Maharaja Man Singh prayed before he left for any war. The temple has huge silver doors which still have the shinning charm intact to a great extent. The second temple, Shila Mata Temple is dedicated to the clan goddess of the Kachhawas rulers. According to beliefs, the deity that is placed in the temple was brought specially by Raja Man Singh from Jessore in East Bengal (now Bangladesh).
There are two worth seeing garden in the Amer fort complex as well. The Dil-i-Aaram Garden is located very close to the entrance while the Kesar Kyari garden is located in the Lake Maota. The Dil-i- Aaram Garden also houses the Archaeological Museum of Amer. The Museum was inaugurated in the year 1949. The museum is divided into three section - archaeological, sculpture and epigraphy. There is also an art gallery in the fort complex.
How to Reach Amber Fort in Jaipur
Once you reach Jaipur, you can hire a taxi or take local buses to reach the Amber fort. The final leg of the journey is worth enjoying on the back of an elephant. Elephant ride to Amber fort in Jaipur is tremendously enjoyable option.