Amber Fort
December 2, 2016
INDIA

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Amber Fort is 11 km from Jaipur and served as the capital of the Kachhwaha dynasty for almost six centuries before the creation of Jaipur. Various rulers like Raja Man Singh, Raja Jai Singh I and Raja Jai Singh II constructed the buildings within the fort. The architecture of Amber Fort is a classic blend of Mughal and Hindu architectural styles. The buildings within the fort are the Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Aaram, Kali Temple, Jai Mandir, Diwan-I-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas.

If you are interested in visiting amber fort then you can take our Rajasthan Royal Tour where you can serve as ” Maraja “.

FAST FACTS

Location- on Delhi-Jaipur Highway, 11 km away from Jaipur

Built by-Raja Man Singh I

Built in-1592

Highlights-Wonderful carvings and minute mirror work

How to reach-You can reach Amber Fort either by taking local buses from the city or by hiring taxis.

Best time to visit-Open on all days except holi

Preferred Timings-9.30a.m.-4.30 a.m.

Admission-Citizen INR 10/, Foreigner INR 50/

Major Attractions-Old Amber Palace, Diwan-I-Aam, Diwan-I-Aaram,Shila Mata Temple,Ganesh Pol, Suhag Mandir , Diwan-I-Khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas.

FORT ATTRACTIONS

Old Amber Palace : The Old Palace lies at the base of the Jaigarh Fort. This area was the original Amber before Man Singh I came along and went on a building spree. The early 13th-century palace here is not very interesting as compared to the grand Amber Fort-palace, yet you could do with a visit. This Old Palace can be reached from the Amber Palace too – there’s a stone path leading from the Chand Pol to these ruins at the base of the hill. The road is currently being restored. Here lie the remains of ancient Amber which include temples and crumbling palaces and patches of walls. The cobbled streets and broken down Havelis (mansions) give it the aura of a medieval town. But these mute remnants of a bygone golden era seem to speak volumes.

Diwan-i-Am or Hall of Public Audience : T his is a delicate palace which you would come across on your travel to Amber fort. This forty pillared pavilion is the perfect example of intricate craftsmanship and was constructed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh. The pavilion worked as a place where Maharajahs used to receive its general public and used to hear their pertaining problems. The southern area of this palace was kept clear so that the royal ladies could watch the proceedings of Diwan-I-Am from the Zenana house ( Women’s quarters).

Shila Mata Temple : Entry into Shila Mata Temple is through Singh Pol. The temple is devoted to Shila Mata ( Goddess Kali), the goddess of victory and houses a black marble idol of the goddess which was brought here from Jessore by Raja Man Sigh in 1604. You would find nine images of Goddess Durga (strength) and ten forms of Goddess Saraswati ( knowledge) which are carved on the silver gates of the temple. The mandap of this temple is made up of white marble contrasting the colors of the idols.

Ganesh Pol & Suhaag Mandir : Ganesh Pol forms another attraction in Amber fort and is an imposing gateway which lies south of Diwan -i-am. The gateway has been painted beautifully and endorse typical Rajasthani motifs. From Ganesh Pol, you can move to beautiful garden or Charbagh, which is based on the Mughal pattern of gardens.

Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir & Jas Mandir : Diwan-i-Khas showcases a rich amalgam of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The architecture is showcased in the fascinating Diwan-i-khas, Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir and Jas Mandir. Decorated with beautiful mirror work, Diwan -I – Khas has wonderful carvings on the walls and the ceilings. The major attractions of these halls are miniature murals made of colored glasses which depicts Radha and Krishna.

 

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