Rajasthan is a place of Vibrant culture and royal heritage. Amber fort holds the top position in one of the best places to visit in Jaipur. Located in Amber, 11 km from the Pink City, the famous Amber fort is one of the best forts in Jaipur. The beauty of the place lies in the fact that the fort has been built with the beautiful red sandstone and white marble which clearly indicates why the trip of Jaipur will remain incomplete if you haven’t visited Amber fort yet. Amber Fort Jaipur one of the prime attractions of the state. The fort has achieved a unique position in the survey of UNESCO World Heritage Sites of India.
Address – Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001
History– During ancient times, Amer was popular as thunder. Kachhwahas were the founder of Amer from the 11th to the 16th C after which the capital was moved from here to Jaipur. This beautiful magnificent fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD while later on, Raja Jai Sigh I expanded and redesigned it. Raja Man Singh was one of the most trusted general of the Emperor Akbar. He was included among the ‘Navaratnas’, or the 9 (Nava) gems (Ratna) of the royal court By Akbar.
Building design – Beautiful Red sandstone and white marble has been used to construct Amber fort. The fort holds some grand eye catching structures like royal residence, corridors, temples, and much more. The beautiful Maota Lake adds charm to the place. There are four different entrance to the fort which are associated with four different paths. ‘Suraj Pol’ which is also known as Sun Gate is the prime entry to the fort which takes the tourists to the prime courtyard. The fact behind this path is that it faces towards east. To visit palace, this gate is the prime entry. Diwan-e-Aam is another popular hall of Amber fort. According to popular belief, this hall was used by the king to listen and solve the queries of general people. Another hall ‘Diwan e-Khaas’ was used by the king for meeting with special guests from other places. Opposite to ‘Diwan e-Khaas’ lies another hall, Sukh Niwaas. The king used to spend some quality time with the queens and mistresses here.
Another famous courtyard is ‘Jalebi Chowk’. The most magnificant part of the fort is ‘Sheesh Mehel’ which is also known as Mirror Palace. The famous song ‘Jab Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya’ of the Bollywood film ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ was shot here. The reason behind making this place with mirror is that the during ancient times, the queens were not permitted to sleep in open air but the queen’s desire to see shining stars made the king build this palace with mirrors. The beauty of this palace lies in the fact that if somebody burns two candles here, this small light will be converted into a million stars due to the mirror reflection. A fresco carved out of marble, Magic Flower is also popular attraction of the place. The shade of the place changes after the sun set which makes it more eye catching. In the night also the fort lightens up with cute embellishing lights.
Adjacent Tourist Attractions- Jaigarh Fort
How To Reach – Autos, taxis, tempos will transport you here from any point in the city.
The place expresses the true shades of the rich culture and glory of Rajasthan. A 10 minutes walk in Amber fort will bring you close to the history. If you are not very busy, don’t forget to have the fun of elephant riding..