Amber Fort near Jaipur in Rajasthan
Amber Fort – Royal Architecture of Jaipur
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, the 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.
|Location:||On Delhi-Jaipur Highway, 11 km from Jaipur|
|Built by:||Raja Man Singh I|
|Highlights:||Wonderful carvings and minute mirror work|
|How to reach:||You can reach Amber Fort either by taking local buses from the
city or by hiring Taxis
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 ambiance, 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 mirrorwork 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 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 a 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 mirrorwork and an inlaid panel. The Fort has numerous other halls and pavilions with their own specific attraction.
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 part of Jaipur and its royalty. A trip to Jaipur would be definitely incomplete, without the visit to this imperial Fort of Amber.
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