Situated at a distance of about 11 kilometers from Jaipur, Amer Fort (or Amber Fort) was built 1592 by Raja Mann Singh I. A blend of traditional Hindu and Rajputana architecture, the fort has been aesthetically designed out of marble and red sandstone.
As the sun sets, the refection of the fort in the Maotha Lake that flows in front of the fort looks stunning. The rustic edifice looks rugged and mysterious from outside and is astonishingly gorgeous and serene if its interiors are concerned. Elaborate wall paintings, intricate décor, traditional mirror-work art of Gujarat, its gateways, halls, latticed galleries and pavilions – all validate one fact, i.e., Amer Fort is deeply rooted into ages of history and have experienced an era of invasions, of royalty and struggle.
Key areas to explore:
- Diwan-e-Aam – Public Audience Hall
- Diwan-e-Khaas – Private Audience Hall
- Sukh Niwas – Hall of Pleasure
- Ganesh Pol – A beautifully sculptured royal gateway embellished with mosaics.
- Sheesh Mahal – Mirror palace (do not miss the ‘magic flower’ fresco)
- Kali Temple
- Shila Mata temple – The main gate of the temple is exceptional! Covered with silver sheet, the gateway is beautifully embossed.
- Jas Mandir – Located in the zenana (courtyard for royal women), this hall has beautiful glass inlays.
Hire a guide for a deeper insight into the fort’s history. You will find a few entertainers around the fort, singers and snake charmers.
Be ready for a royal, musical welcome to the fort with Nagadas (huge drums) being played for the visitors. Reaching early is advisable. You may also like to attend the sound and light show in the evening.
Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Visiting Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
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