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The spectacular Pink City Jaipur boasts of stunning architectures and tourist places and a visit to this beautiful city is not complete unless one explores the grandeur that is Amer Fort. One of the best places to visit in Jaipur, Rajasthan , Amer Fort is a brilliant specimen of the excellent craftsmanship of India and displays a rich history with it.

Sprawling across 4 square kilometers, this fort-cum-palace is a marvelous reminder of the royal era and its grandeur and is nestled on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful cityscape. The fort is known by many names,including Amer ka Kila, Amber Palace, Amber Fort, and Amer Palace and was a residential abode for the royals of Rajasthan. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this majestic building with its maze-like passages and serpentine staircases is an architectural masterpiece with significance to Indian history. Located 11 kilometers from the city center, Amer Fort was constructed by Maharaja Man Singh, a trusted general of Mughal ruler Akbar, in 1592 and has served as a royal residence of the Rajput Rulers.

Amer Fort through its large ramparts, several gateways, and paved paths, overlooks the Maota Lake in Amer town, which was the capital city of the then princely state of Jaipur. To take in all the glory of the palace, one will need at least 2-3 hours which can be tiring because of all the walking but still worth the efforts. One other fascinating tourist activity here is to get an elephant ride up the stairs to the Amber Fort which makes the tour even more memorable. The fort welcomes over five thousand visitors every day from all over the world continues to savor the unbridled attention it gets not just from the local visitors but from famous celebrities who come here for movie shootings and ads.

History

The town of Amer was built by a small tribe named ‘Meenas’ and was rules by the Kachwahas’s during the 11th century to the 16th century before the capital was shifted to Jaipur. According to belief, Amer Fort gets its name after Ambikeshwar, another name for Lord Shiva, however, the locals also believe that the name has been derived from Amba, another name of Goddess Durga.

In the year 1592 AD, Raja Man Singh constructed the fort as a residence of the Rajput Royals and the expansion and renovation of the same continued to be there for the next 150 years by the successors. The older palace built the first, known as Kadimi Palace, is regarded as the oldest palace of the country and makes for an attractive sight. A small temple devoted to his patron goddess ‘Sheela Mata’ was also ordered by Raja Man Singh. With many old constructions destroyed and new ones built in place, the magnificent Amer Fort stood against all the odds with great fervor and keeps its visitors awed every time.

Architecture

The stunning creation is a phenomenal blend of Hindu Rajputana and Mughal architectural style and is made with red and yellow sandstone and marble. From the city, the fort looks like a cherry on top and flaunts its colorful and vibrant design. The first thing that gets noticed once you are in the proximity of the fort are the detailed carvings of Hindu gods and goddesses on the walls and ceilings which looks breathtaking. The fort is segmented into four sections, each of which is known as a courtyard with a separate gate for each. The entry gates of the palace’s courtyards are constructedwith beautiful Rajput structures that add character and charisma to every gate.

The main entrance leading to the courtyard is known as ‘Suraj Pol’ or Sun Gate which is east facing and is named with respect to the rising sun. Grand staircases will lead you to an impressive courtyard known as Jaleb Chowk which was used by the army to display their war swag back in time. Diwan-e-Aam (Public Hall) is on the second floor with three open sides and extensive mosaic glassworks while the third courtyard is around the royal quarters. The final level of the fort was built for the royal women which has a courtyard enclosed by several rooms and a hall known as Jas Mandir which was used foe a private audience back in time.

The palace boasts of stunning features like Sukh Mandir or Mahal, which is made of sandalwood and ivory, Sheesh Mahal, which is the most stunning creation of the fort with flowers and glass painting son the walls, the famous Ganesh Pol, and many more that lure visitors towards this magnificence. Once you step inside the fort, you will be carried back to the golden era of Rajput kingswhere you can glimpse the luxury and royalty, they lived in. The walls of the fort are decorated with several paintings of the Rajput rulers and ancient hunting styles which enhance the heritage touch of the fort and gives it a vibrant look. A deeper look into the paintings reveals the Rajput culture of the ancient times which is a fascinating sight. The palace overlooks Maota Lake which was the main source of water supply of the palace back in the days. The serene view of the lake and the lush green garden add a scintillating and magical charm to the place.

Amer Fort Light and Sound Show

When you are visiting Amer Fort, you cannot afford to miss the light and sun show here. A fifty-minute-long stunning show with vibrant lights and music is held every evening at the Amer Fort showcasing the history of Jaipur and the fort. The show also salutes the local legends, folklore, and folk music with a view and motive to revive the rich history of the state.

The fee is Rs 295

Timings –

October to February: 6:30 pm (English)/7:30 pm (Hindi)

March to April: 7 pm (English)/8 pm (Hindi)

May to September: 7:30 pm (English)/8:30 pm (Hindi)

Timings

Amer Fort is open to the public from 8 AM to 7 PM. The entry to the fort costs about INR 50 per head for Indian national visitors, while it is INR 550 per head for Foreign national visitors. However, for foreign national students the fee is INR 100 and for Indian students the fee is only INR 50 per head.

How to Reach

Amer town is located at about 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) from Jaipur, the capital city of the state of Rajasthan. From Jaipur, it is easy to reach Amer in about 30 minutes by road. Many modes of transport are available in the city such as public buses, auto rickshaws or taxis that can be hired to reach the fort conveniently.

Amer Fort

Nestled atop a hill crest in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the Amer Fort is the epitome of beauty and an architectural marvel of prehistoric India. Built during the reign of the Mughal ruler Akbar by his trusted General Maharaja Man Singh in 1592, this magnificent yellow and pink sandstone building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracting hordes of visitors with its stunning Hindu and Rajputana style of architecture.

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