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Rajasthan Tours Travel » Architectural Treasures » Fort Amber - Former
Capital of the Jaipur Region
Amber Fort - Former Capital of the Jaipur Region
The imposing structure that is the Amber Fort dominates the skyline of
Jaipur. This mammoth walled fortress took over 200 years to build. In 1952
Raja Man Singh I commenced the construction of the Amber Palace which was
later completed by Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh. Built mainly for
the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could
defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort. Though the primary
aim of this refuge was to protect its residents, not a single stone was
left unturned to make it a luxurious haven for the monarchs.
Magic of Architecture
Situated 11 km from the town of Jaipur, the Amber Fort sits in a
picturesque setting amidst the rugged Aravali hills. Built atop a ridge
and sprawled along the Maotha lake, the fort was once a protection for the
city resplendent with its many palaces and temples. Every nook and cranny
of this magnificent structure offers bird's eye views of the fascinating
landscape. But do not get taken in by its rugged and forbidding exterior
because within its mammoth stone walls it contains a beautiful fusion of
art and architecture.
Awe inspiring in proportion, the Amber Fort built of red sandstone and
white marble is an aesthetic amalgamation of Hindu and Mughal
architecture. The palace or the royal apartments that lie inside the
massive Amber Fort complex are laden with gateways, gardens, arches,
stairways, pillared pavilions, temples and magnificent durbars and halls.
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-i-Aam' (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
The front courtyard of the complex, is adorned with the magnificent,
pillared hall of the Diwan - i - Am, and the two - tiered painted gateway
Ganesh Pol. The palace of mirrors, Sheesh Mahal, is of special interest.
It has walls inlaid with exquisite mirrors. The Jas Mandir, perched on the
upper floor, has exquisitely carved jali work and intricate mirror and
stucco creations. Important facts
Jaipur has an extreme climate, with the summers being hot and humid and
winters chilly. The summer months (April to July) can see temperature rise
upto 45 degree celsius. The winter months (October to March) are the best
time to visit and experience the splendor of this majestic city.
Soak in the Surroundings
the Amber Fort is one of the most imposing and fascinating structures in
the Pink City. However this town has many more attractions, take your pick
from the exquisite palaces, temples and memorials dotting its landscape.
The list includes the Rambhag Palace, The City Palace, Bissau Palace,
Samode, Sanganer, Gaitor, Jaigarh Fort, Jaimahal Palace, Jantar Mantar,
Hawa Mahal Nahargarh Fort, Narain Niwas, Rajmahal palace and the Birla
Air : For those who would like to fly down, Indian
Airlines, Jet Airways and Alliance Air keep Jaipur connected to all the
major metros of India.
Rail : Railway connectivity is also abundant with The
Jaipur, Bikaner and Aravalli Express' ferrying people from most parts of
Road : Jaipur is well connected by good motorable roads
to all the major towns and cities.
The bazaars of Jaipur will enthrall you with their old world charm. It is
one of the best markets for jewelery. Here silver is fashioned in
authentic traditional designs reflecting the creativity and culture of the
people. Gold jewelery inlaid with precious stones and emblazoned with
intricate Meenakari work can be found at bargain prices. Handicrafts that
the locals from surrounding villages bring in will also make memorable
mementos. The main markets are along Jauhari Bazar, Bapu bazaar, Nehru
bazaar, Chaura Rasta, Tripolia bazaar and M.I. Road. Shops specialising in
precious and semi precious stones, ornaments and jewellery are to be found
on and along Jauhari bazaar.