The Amer Fort Introduction
The Amer fort also known as Amber Fort is one of the most fascinating tourist attractions of Jaipur (The Pink City). It is a place that must be visited by every Indian and every art lover as it is full of artistic marvels, be it paintings, carvings, architecture and so on. It is one of the wonderful sites which associates you with culture and history. Amer Fort is also a part of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Fort was constructed by the Raja Man Singh, one of the Navratans of Emperor Akbar and further constructions were taken by successive rulers. The magnificent Amer Fort is an extensive palace complex that has been built with red sandstone and with white marble. The fort is divided into four main sections that are graced with their courtyards. And the splendid view of Maota lake adds more delightful experiences for all its visitors.
Devsinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001 – The Amer Palace is expanded in the area of 4 square kilometres which is located on Cheel ka Teela on Aravalli Hills. The Fort is 11 km away from the main city Jaipur.
Timings and Tickets
The visiting hours of Amer Fort are from 10 am to 5 pm daily. It takes at least 2-3 hours to visit the whole palace. Walking, watching and wandering its majestic artwork is the only way to enjoy so devote your time as much as you want. Sometimes the sun can be unbearable in desserts so you should visit the place in winter.
Ticket Prices are as followed:
It was named as the sun gate or the Suraj Pol because its gateway faces east and therefore, witnesses the sunrise in the morning. Entering from the Suraj Pol, one reaches the Jaleb Chowk. Rulers along with the soldiers entered through here with their procession after the war.
On the right of the Jaleb Chowk is the Sila Devi temple. The legend attributed to the installation of this idol is that the Maharaja Mansingh sought blessings from Kali for victory in the battle against the Raja of Jessore in Bengal. In a dream of Maharaja Mansingh, the goddess instructed to retrieve her image from the sea bed and install and worship it.
A stairway from the first courtyard led to the second courtyard which housed the Diwan-e-Am and the Diwan-e-Khas, i.e., the House of the Commons and the House of the Officials respectively.
In the Diwan-e-Am, the rulers listened to and addressed the problems faced by the common people, whereas, the Diwan-e-Khas was restricted for official state policy matters only and concerns regarding taxes, revenue, security, etc. were discussed here with a very select audience, restricted only to the ministers of the concerned subjects.
The Third Courtyard – where the private quarters of the Maharaja, his family and attendants were located. A beautiful Ganesh Pol (Ganesh Gate) is the entrance to this courtyard. And the courtyard has two buildings, opposite to each other, separated by a beautiful garden laid in the fashion of the Mughal Gardens.
Sheesh Mahal: The Sheesh Mahal was built in the 16th century and completed in 1727 by king Man Singh. Jaipur state was also founded in 1727. It has mirror mosaics and coloured glasses all over. Even if a single candle is lit its reflection in thousands of mirrors looks like a thousand twinkling stars. It is also known as Jai Mandir.
Sukh Mahal or Sukh Niwas: The other building opposite Jai Mandir is The Sukh Niwas or Sukh Mahal (Hall of Pleasure). The Sukh Mahal is approached through a sandalwood door with marble inlay work with perforations. A piped water supply flows through an open channel that runs through this edifice keeping the Sukh Niwas cool, a natural air-conditioning. The water through the channel flows into the garden.
Palace of Man Singh I – Baradari Pavilion
The Palace of Man Singh I also have known as Baradari Pavilion, which is the oldest part of Amber Fort or Amber Palace. It took 25 years to build and was completed in 1599 during the reign of Raja Man Singh I (1589 – 1614). This is the main palace and in the middle of the courtyard is the pillared baradari or pavilion. This pavilion, (was used to be curtained for privacy) was used as the meeting venue by the Maharanis (queens of the royal family).
Tripolia Gate: The Tripolia Gate is access to the palace from the west. This gate opens in three directions, one towards Jaleb Chowk, another to the Man Singh Palace and the Third one towards the Zenana Deorhi on the south.
Lion Gate: The Lion Gate – the premier gate, was once a guarded gate that leads to the private quarters in the palace premises and is titled Lion Gate to suggest strength. This gate was built during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh (1699-1743 AD).
The Fourth Courtyard – where the Zenana (Royal family women including concubines or mistresses) lived. Having many living rooms where queens resided and who were visited by the king at his choice without being found out as to which queen he was visiting, as all the rooms open into a common corridor.
- Every visitor must enjoy the elephant ride inside the fort.
- Must attend the sound and light shows in the evening which presents the glorious history of the fort beautifully. The show is available in both Hindi (₹100 per person) and English (₹200 per person) languages.
- Shop some handicrafts and artwork as a token of memory.
- There’s so much to walk so try to wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
- The place is often crowded so try planning out for any weekday to avoid the crowd.
- Carry water bottles, caps, hats, shades, etc for your ease.
- The facility of Rest Rooms and Cafes is available inside the premises.
- Both English and Hindi Guides are available for a fee.
The Amer Fort even today looks elegant and majestic as ever. Visit the place, explore the beauty, know the Indian culture and cherish the golden memories forever.
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AMER (AMBER) FORT IMAGES