Amber Fort

Amber Fort is located at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur and was the old capital of the Kachhwaha clan of Amer, till it was moved to Jaipur, the current capital of Rajasthan state in India. It is also pronounced as Amer Fort.

Overview

Built Year 1592 AD
Built By Jai Singh I
Visiting Hours 8:00am to 6:00pm
Fee for Indian Nationals Indian =Rs.10,Indian Student=Rs 5
Fee for Foreign Nationals Foreigner=Rs.200, Foreign Student=Rs. 100
Closed on Holidays Holid (Dhulendi)
Nearby Attractions Jaigarh Fort, Aravalli Hills, Vijay Garh
Sound and Light Show Hindi(7pm-8pm) = Rs. 100, English (8pm-9pm) = Rs. 200

History

Amber Fort is located at Amber, which was the capital of The Kachhwaha clan for more than 6 centuries before it was shifted to Jaipur. Locals say that the town name was originally Ambikishwara after the name of Lord Shiva, which later on got abridged to Ambiner and futher to Amber. Some others say, the origin of the name from Amba Mata, the goddess of earth and fertility, whose temple is located inside the fort.

Architecture

The mighty fort stands on craggy Aravalli hills. The Maota Lake at the bottom of the hill extends the beauty of the fort. In center of lake, there lies Mhan Bari which is a garden with geometric designs. Dala Ram ka Bag, another garden near to lake, was built by Raja Jai Singh. This garden is also a museum, which expresses the feeling of bygone era. Adjacent to Singh Pol is the famous temple of Shila Mata. Amber Palaces were oginally buitl by Raja Bharmal in 1558 and his successor Raja Man Singh. The complex was further extended by their descendents. Since construction in 16th century, when Sawai Jai Singh I built with glorious fort, palaces were well maintained. The environment of the fort and its premises was lively place to live which includes elegatn court life, gardens around the fort.

Attractions

On the entrance of palace area, there lies DIwan-i-aam which is a fourty pillared platform made of mable and red stone for public hearings. It was built by Raja Jai Singh and famous for beautiful design on pillars. Right to the Diwan-i-aam is the Ganesh Pole, dedicated to Lord Ganesha with the statue. Suhag Mandir is on the top of the gate, used by the royal ladies to watch the public hearings and proceedings at diwan-i-aam. There is also Diwan-i-khas which is the hall of private audience decorated with superior mirror works and have great designs carved on the walls and the ceiling. Next to the Diwan-i-khas is the Sukh Niwas, also known as Hall of Pleasure. Next to Sukh Niwas is Jai Mandir or Vicotry Temple which depicts the great fusion of hindu and muslim architecutre at its best. Sheesh Mahal or the palace of mirrors is fully carved the beautifull glass work. Above the Sheesh Mahal is the Jas Mandir which is a hall of glory. Behind the fort, there are well maintained gardens, where lies the women area. Queens of Sawai Man Singh lived here, each queen have separate apartments which are greatly designed with pictures of Radha and Krishna. Overall this is a great place to visit in Jaipur.