|Built on the hilltop outside Jaipur, Amber Fort is another famous tourist attraction in Jaipur. The Amber Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. The fort offers magnificent views of the surrounding area. The fort is a mix of Mughal and Rajput architecture and is built in red stone and white marble.
About Amber Fort
The fort is entered through the ‘Dil-e-Aaram’ Garden, laid out in the traditional Mughal style. An imposing flight of stairs leads to the ‘Diwan-E-Am’ (hall of public audience) which has latticed galleries and double row of columns each having a capital in the shape of elephants on the top. To the right are steps that lead to the small Kali Temple. Maharaja Man Singh was a great devotee of Goddess Kali and prayed to the goddess for victory during battles. The temple has huge doors made of silver. The larger white marble Shila Mata temple, has the image of Goddess Kali, brought by Raja Man Singh from Jessore in East Bengal (now Bangladesh).
The emperors apartments lies on a higher terrace beyond a two tiered decorative gateway, ‘Ganesh Pol, covered with elegant frescoes and pavilions having fascinating jali (Lattice worked) screens. The ‘Jai Mandir’ (hall of victory) has a glittering ceiling with mirror pieces on stucco and elegant inlaid panels. The ‘Diwan- E- Khas’, hall of private audience is similar in ornamentation to Jai Mandir and the ‘Seesh Mahal’, hall of Mirrors known for its craftsmanship in mirrors, is the most spectacular of the lot. Thousands of mirror pieces adorn the walls and the ceiling that, any streak of light makes them sparkle and illuminates the entire room. In front of the Jai Mandir is the ‘Sukh Niwas’ (hall of pleasure) with a door made of sandalwood, inlaid with ivory with a channel running through, which formerly carried cool water acting as an air cooler.
The zenana or the women’s apartments and frescoes depicting Krishna Leela scenes surround a spectacular courtyard. There are private chambers from where the royal women could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy. The well-proportioned garden, Kesar Kyari in the center of Maotha lake and the Dilaram Bagh at its north end provide a spectacular view of the palaces.
How to get there
Amber fort and palace is a 10 minute steep climb through Jai pol (Gate of Victory) from Amber/ Ambar / Amer, 11 km from Jaipur on the Delhi- Jaipur road. Facilities available for elephant back ride up to Amber fort.