Fort Location: 11 km from Jaipur (Rajasthan), on Delhi-Jaipur Highway
Constructed by: Raja Maan Singh
Attractions: Elephant ride, Diwan-e-am, Diwan-e-Khas, Shila Devi Temple, Surajpol, Jaleb Chowk
Visiting Time: 07: 00 AM To 07: 00 PM
Best time to Visit: October to March
Entry Fee: Rs.100 for Indians, Rs.150 for Foreigners & Rs. 150 for camera and video.
Designed in white marbles and red sandstones, Amber Fort is one of its kind in the entire Jaipur. It is located at a distance of approximately 11 km from Jaipur. The construction of the fort began in 1592 by Man Singh I and was completed, later, by his descendant Jai Singh I. Mautha Lake borders the fort and visitors can view a crystal-clear reflection of the royal building. An unforgivable overview of this colossal fort can be achieved with visiting the Nahargarh Fort, located 8 kms from Jaipur, atop a hill.
Amber Fort Architecture:
Also known as Amer Fort, the edifice presents the brilliant fusion of Rajput and Islmaic architecture.
Both its exterior and interior are constructed in an elegant style. The walls are beautified with paintings, depicting the scenes of royal life, hunting etc. Some portions are furnished with intricate carvings, mosaic, murals and frescoes. The red sandstone forts has four sections and each can be accessed by means of central staircases.
Tourist Attraction in Amber Fort:
A joyous elephant ride to Amber Fort is a must-to-do activity. The huge animal is decorated with glitzy clothes and garlands and it cost Rs. 400 / – per ride. The royal cum adventure safari takes visitors through the main entrance and offers the attraction of Surajpol, Jaleb Chowk, which is the main courtyard of the Fort and the staircases to the Kali Temple and Shila Devi Mandir. The later shimmers with holding the massive silver images of Lions. The huge idol of Lord Ganesha also adds up to the attractions.
Apart from the open-air ground, temples and lake, the halls of Amber Fort are must-visit centers. Diwan-i-am or the hall for public highlights the royal court of law, where the issues relating to the subjects were listened and resolved. The higher terrace of the fort has a Jai Mandir (the hall of victory), which, now houses the collections of sculptures and artifacts of mosaic works. Opposite to it is the majestic Sukh Niwas (the hall of pleasures). Its intricate sandalwood door made of ivory draws major attention of the visitors.
Last but not the least is the Zenana Apartment, the Hall of Mirrors .
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Source by Mithi Dey