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amer fort

INTRODUCTION

Amer Fort is an ancient fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India. Amer is a town with an area of 4 square kilometres, located very near to Jaipur, the capital city of the west Indian state of Rajasthan .

History

The Amer Fort, as it stands now, was erected over the remnants of an earlier structure that was built during the reign of Raja Man Singh who was the King of Amer; and was established by Raja Alan Singh Meena who was a ruler belonging to Meenas - a tribe found in Rajasthan,  in 967 CE.

The fort was further expanded by his descendant, Jai Singh I, and in the next around 150 years underwent various additions by successive rulers, up until 1727.

The older part of the palace, known as Kadimi Mahal (which is Persian for “ancient fort”) is known to be the oldest surviving palace in India.

Architecture/Structure

Amer Palace is situated on a hill within forests, that extends up to a lake called Maota Lake near the town of Amer. The palace is located near National Highway leading to Delhi.

The Palace is divided into six separate but significant sections each having its own entry gate and courtyard. The six courtyards of the palaces are the most beautiful parts of each palace, with lots of intricate architectural detailing.

The main entry to the palace is through a gate called Suraj Pol (translating to Sun Gate) which leads to the first main courtyard.

Additional Information for Visitors

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.

Amer town is located at about 11 kilometres (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.