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Amber Fort

About Amber Fort
Vital Information for Visitors
Address:

Amber Fort, Devisinghpura, Amer, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days : 08:00 AM to 05:30 PM

Entry Fees:

INR100 – for Indians

INR 500 – for Foreigners

Duration:

Approx 3 hours

Sound and Light Show:

Daily - 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM @ INR 295

Elephant Ride:

Daily - 07:30 AM to 12:30 PM

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Amber, pronounced as Amer, on the hills, 11 km from Jaipur, was the capital of the state for centuries, before the city of Jaipur was founded. The Amber Fort, one of the major attractions of Rajasthan, was built over generations. Amber derives its name from Amba, the Mother Goddess. According to another version, it is from Ambikeshwar, a king of Ayodhya. The Kachhawaha rulers of Jaipur traced their origin to Kush, younger of the twin sons of Lord Rama.

Built upon the dry, wrinkled rose-coloured granite hills, the fort has many charms. Its massive serpentine walls enclose an exquisite marble palace—pillared and carved, glimmering with thousands of tiny mirrors. The Dilaram Gardens that bear the name of Sawai Jai Singh's chief architect, lead to the Amber Palace. One can go on foot or on an elephant which is always available.

Up way, a garden called Mohan Bari overlooks the Maota Lake. There are three gateways to the palace. In a corner there is a flight of steps and a ramp, culminating in the shrine of Sila Devi, or the Kali Mata temple. We then see the Diwan-i-Arn with its fine vaulted roof, centrally supported by white marble pillars, commanding a splendid view of the city and the country.

The imposing gateway at the south is, according to Ferguson, one of the finest portals in the world. There is then Jai Mandir, built of pure white marble. Its walls are adorned with beautiful arabesque carved panels. The floor above Jai Mandir is ornamented with cypress designs.

The -visit to Amber Fort is an unforgettable experience. The surrounding ruins speak volumes about the bygone ages of valour and ambition—now shrouded in desolation.

To complete the tour of Jaipur, you have to push as far as Amber Fort, which rises imperiously above the small lake Maota Sagar, a few kilometers from the Pink City. Amber was once the capital of the state of Jaipur. Man Singh I was built in the late 16th Century. The palace-fortress was enlarged and embellished by Jai Singh II. Here you will find a succession of courses, palaces (Jai Mandir, Jas Mahal) and pavilions (Diwan-i -Am), displaying a mix of Mughal and Rajput architectural styles, in a refreshing garden (Dilaram Bagh) setting. On seeing Amber Fort from the road, one is impressed by the extraordinary dimensions of this fortress, strategically perched on a hill overlooking Lake Maota and a narrow gorge on the road to Delhi. Here lived and reigned the Maharajas of Jaipur from 16th to 18th century. This place of power was then doubly protected by miles of crenellated walls running on the mountain, still visible today. Entering the fort, after crossing the Sun Gate (Suraj Pol) and climbing a large staircase, the atmosphere changes radically, and one is dazzled by the refinement of the art & architecture.

In Diwan-i-Am , the public hearing room, the high columns are surmounted by capitals representing elephants, the red sandstone bordering the marble. Opposite, magnificent floral motifs decorate the monumental gate of Ganesh Pol, giving access to the private apartments of the palace. There is the Women's Garden (Zenana Bagh), where vegetation draws geometric shapes, surrounding a large fountain. Further, the Palace of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal) is a marvel. One can easily imagine the magical effect that the brilliance of the oil lamps produce on the thousands of small pieces of glass covering the walls and the ceiling, highlighting floral motifs of extreme finesse. Finally, the Man Singh Palace, meant for twelve queens of the then Maharaja. This palace was guarded by the eunuchs

You can reach the fort on foot from the village or by car or may enjoy an elephant ride to reach to the gate.

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