About Amber or Amer Fort Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.

Amber Fort, Amber Fort History and their timings, fare, maps and direction

The Amer Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. The Amber Fort is a huge complex high upon a rocky crest. The complex is made up of the fort, palaces, temples and courtyards. Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amer Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort. Though the fort is quite old and may even look so from the outside, it is beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings of prominence like the 'Diwan-i-Aam', the 'Sheesh Mahal' and even the 'Sukh Mahal'. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. This fort also has the 'Shila Devi' Temple and the 'Ganesh Pol' which is a gate that leads to the private palaces of the kings. The Amer Fort has many pavilions and halls of great interest and other popular attractions.

History of Amber Fort :

Amer was once known as Dhundar and was ruled by the Kachhwahas from the 11th to the 16th century, until the capital was moved from here to Jaipur. Raja Man Singh built this fort in 1592 AD and Raja Jai Sigh I expanded and renovated it later. While many such old structures have been either destroyed or replaced by other things, this fort has stood against all the tests of time and invasions.

Architectural Layout of Amer Fort:

The structure has four different parts, each with a separate entrance. The main entry to the fort is through the 'Suraj Pol' or Sun Gate which opens up into the main courtyard. This east-facing gate is also the main entrance to the palace and its position with respect to the rising sun is the source of its name. The 'Jaleb Chowk' is one of the four courtyards of the Amer Palace. The 'Sila Devi' Temple is right at the entrance to the main palace grounds. The second courtyard is famous for its 'Diwan-i-Aam' (Public Audience Hall), the 'Sheesh Mahal' and the 'Sukh Mahal'. A very famous attraction here is the 'Magic Flower', a fresco carved out of marble. It was principally a fortification and that obvious by its location, high walls, multiple gates and the surrounding fortifications that look like the "great wall of China". Inside, you will find places such as the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) that are breath taking beautiful. There are courtyards and gardens which give it more of a feeling of being a palace then a fortress.

Upon arrival at the fort you will have the option of making your way up to the gate by way of elephant or walking.

Inside the fort - You should not miss :-

The inside of the palaces are as marvelous as the exterior. The fabulous Sheesh-Mahal is decorated with thousands of pieces of pure glass. The reason for this being that the Queen was not allowed to sleep in the open air, so the Maharaja had her room built in glass so she could still watch the stars at night. The moghol gardens are also nicknamed the Andalusian because of their resemblance to the gardens in southern Spain.

MAOTA LAKE FROM TOP:-

The Fort was built over the Maota Lake. The view from the top of the fort is fantastic! The lake is not a very big one but big enough for Rajasthan, where water is always a scarce commodity! This must have also served as major water supply source for King Man Singh and his family! Enjoy the beautiful lake.

The Light & Sound Show:-

The Night Illumination of of Amer Fort is just fantastic. You are going to love the place in the night as the illumination keeps you mesmerized! Please buy your tickets in advance if you wish to experience the Light & Sound show followed by dinner in nearby Surabhi Restaurant. We also organized Pagdi ceremony for our group at the show! During the 50-minute show, admire the colorful lights that illuminate the structure and reflect beautifully on Maota Lake, and gain an understanding of Amber Fort’s legendary past, dating back more than 600 years. Learn about the 28 kings of the Kachwaha Dynasty who ruled a number of kingdoms in the area and see how they played a part in changing the destiny of medieval India. You’ll leave the show with a deeper understanding of how the Indian state of Rajasthan has developed its unique identity.

Best Time to Visit Amber Fort:-

The best time to visit Amber Fort is from September to March. In winters, the temperature touches maximum of 28.3 degree Celsius and minimum of 11.6 degree Celsius. With such temperature, Amber experiences a pleasant climate in winters. Months from September to March make the ideal time to visit this region.

How To Reach Amer, Jaipur

Amer palace Jaipur, is located 11-kilometer from center of Jaipur - ajmeri gate, on the Jaipur - Delhi Highway.. There are frequent buses plying between Amber palace and Jaipur that can be availed. The nearest airport to Amer fort is Sanganer airport Jaipur. Amber Fort is well connected by rail as Jaipur railway station, and Gandhi nagar railway stationn.

Nearby Tourist attraction to Amber Fort, Jaipur :-

Hawa-Mahal
Jantar-Mantar

The tourist who visit the Amber place usually visit these places.