Located at a distance of 11 kms from Jaipur, 300 kms from national capital
Delhi and 293 kms from Agra.
Situated on the Jaipur-Delhi highway the Amber Fort or the Amer Fort,
belongs to the Kachwaha clan. Amber was once the ancient capital of Jaipur
state. The Kachwahas ruled from Amber for seven centuries. The construction
of the Amber fort was started by Raja Man Singh I, in the year 1592, and was
completed by his descendants Jai Singh I and Jai Singh II. The fort located
on a hillside overlooking the Maota lake reflects its terraces and ramparts.
The fort boasts of a massive complex gateway, courts, stairways, pillared
pavilions and palaces.An excellent example of Rajput architecture, the fort
is made of white marble and red sandstone. The exterior of the fort is very
imposing, while the interior is influenced by Hindu and Muslim style of
ornamentation. The walls of the fort have painting depicting numerous scenes
from hunting expeditions. The intricate carving, mosaic and delicate mirror
work make the halls magnificent and imperial. The Amber Fort can be entered
through the 'Dil-e-Aaram' Garden, built in the traditional Mughal style.
The fort complex houses the Ganesh Pol, a magnificent
gateway, which is painted with images of the Ganesh, the elephant-headed
god. The front courtyard of the complex has Diwan-i-Am or hall of the public
audience, which has latticed galleries and double row of columns, each
having a capital in the shape of elephants on the top. The Sheesh Mahal or
the palace of mirrors has wall inlaid with beautiful mirrors. The Jas Mandir
is another attraction, the building is a blend of the Mughal and the Rajput
style of architecture, that is evident from the nicely carved Jali screens,
fine mirror and stucco work. The fort also has a small Kali Temple, adorned
with huge doors made of silver. The larger white marble Shila Mata temple,
has the idol of Goddess Kali. Today many of the early structures have
disappeared or ruined and many of them are in a state of preservation.
How to Reach Amber Fort
Jaipur airport is connected to major cities of India. Trains are available
from all major cities and towns of India. A good network of road connects
Jaipur with towns of Rajasthan and other nearby states.