Amber Fort is located in Amber
(Jaipur), which used to be the capital of
the Kachhwaha clan, till Jaipur was made
the official capital in 1727. The Amber
Fort looks stunning,
all-built in white marble and red sandstone.
To add to its charm, Maotha Lake makes its
foreground. The crystal mirror image of
the Fort, on the still waters of the lake,
seems to be a beautiful illusion. Amber
Fort is usually pronounced as Amer Fort.
In 1592, construction of the Fort was started
by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber
Fort took its present form during the reign
of Raja Jai Singh I.
The outer appearance of the Fort, being
rough and craggy is totally different from
its core. The interior of the Fort provides
a soothing and warm ambience, which is least
expected from its outer appearance. The
marvelous decoration of the Amer Fort is
influenced by both, the Hindu and Muslim
manner of ornamentation. Exquisite paintings
of hunting scenes on the walls depict the
temperament of the Rajputs, who were adventurous,
revolutionary and self-indulgent.
The intricate carvings on the walls and
ceilings simply astonish the visitors. The
minute mirror work adds to the grand appearance
and royalty of the halls. The Amer Fort
undoubtedly captivates the tourists with
its artistic quality of delicate work. The
mighty walls guarantee the protection of
the Fort against the invasion of the enemies.
The Fort is divided into four subparts.
Kali Temple, which is also known as Shila
Devi Temple, forms the part of the Fort.
It is renowned for its glorious past, huge
silver lions and silver doors. The Hall
of Public Audiences, Diwan-I-Aam is a pavilion
with double row of columns. Ganesh Pol,
another feature of the Fort, directs the
way to the inhabited apartments of the King.
The Hall of Victory, Jai Mandir has a stunning
ceiling comprised of mirror work and an
inlaid panel. The Fort has numerous other
halls and pavilions with their own specific
The best part of this tourist attraction
situated on a crafty hill, is the royal
elephant ride. The flawless beauty of the
Fort can be enjoyed royally with an elephant
ride. Amber/Amer Fort is the part of Jaipur
and its royalty. A trip to Jaipur would
be definitely incomplete, without the visit
to this imperial Fort of Amber.
An elegant temple of Shila Mata is situated
inside the palace complex, whose image was
brought from Jessore in Lower Bengal (Now
in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh. It draws
thousands of devotees who come here for
Mother Goddess? blessings. The front courtyard
of the complex, is adorned with the magnificent,
pillared hall of the Diwan - i - Aam, and
the two - tiered painted gateway Ganesh
Pol. The Jas Mandir, perched on the upper
floor, is a superb amalgam of Mughal and
Rajput style of architecture. It has exquisite
carved Jali screens, and fine mirror and