Location: Amber, Rajasthan
Built In: 1592
Built By: Raja Man Singh
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Exhibiting an excellent blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, Amber Fort, pronounced as ‘Amer’ Fort, is situated on Aravali hills in the north-eastern part of Rajasthan. The fort is 11 kilometres away from Jaipur and is one of the precious jewels of Rajasthan, and has been a hot tourist hub for years. The fort was constructed by Kachhwaha king Raja Man Singh in 1592, alongside river Yamuna which provides an excellent backdrop to the remarkable structure of the fort. It took almost two centuries to complete the construction of the fort. Kachhwahas made it their capital till they shifted to Jaipur in 1727. The fort is made of white marble and red sandstone and has a rugged exterior which contradicts its inner beauty. Located on Delhi-Jaipur National Highway, its stunning beauty continues to mesmerise all those who come to explore it. Read on to know more about the splendid architectural landmark, called the Amber Fort.
History Of Amber Fort
The construction work of Amer Fort or Amber Fort started under the Kachhwaha king, Raja Man Singh I, a military officer in the army of Mughal Emperor, Akbar in 1592 at the top of Aravali Hills. However, it took almost two centuries to complete the construction of Amber Fort and it was finally finished by his descendants Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Raja Jai Singh in 18th century. The glorious fort was constructed on the remnants and ruins of structures passed over by the Meena tribes. The fort remained the capital of Rajputs until Sawai Raja Jai Singh transferred his capital to Jaipur.
Architecture Of The Fort
Amber Fort was built using red and white sandstones, which gives it a rugged appearance. The four sections of the fort are accessible through huge staircases lying in the centre of the court. ‘Surajpol’, the main entrance, takes you to the main courtyard, the ‘Jaleb chowk’ where lies a staircases which leads to the fort. Jaleb Chowk is the place where the victorious armies were given a welcome and the gathered war earnings were displayed. Few sections of the fort are adorned using frescos which portray day to day life and some parts are decorated with mosaic and mirror art. The intricacy and beauty of the carvings and paintings on walls, windows, pillars, doorways and towers serve as the epitome of Rajput architecture. The fort is constructed in the backdrop of Maota Lake which gives an immaculate appearance to the structure. Another attraction here is kali temple which is known for its silver doors and silver lion statues.
The major structures within the premises of Amber Fort are Jaleb Chowk, Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas, Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Sukh Niwas, Kali Temple, Shila Mata Temple, Dil-i-Aaram Garden and Kesar Kyari Garden.
The Amber Fort is maintained by the government of Rajastan and is open to public every day.
Best Time To Visit
If you intend to explore the beauty of Amber Fort, the best time to visit the fort is during the period between October and March. The fort remains open from 9.30 A.M – 4.30 P.M to the public on all days.
How To Reach The Amber Fort
- Amber is 11 kilometres away from Jaipur by road and has a great connectivity with Delhi, Mumbai, and Ahmadabad, Baroda Aurangabad, Calcutta, Jodhpur and other major cities. The fort is located on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway.
- The nearest railway station, Jaipur is connected to some of the major cities in the country like Delhi, Ahmadabad, Indore, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Bikaner and Ajmer etc.
- Frequent flights are available from Jaipur to all the major cities in India such as Ahmadabad, Delhi, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta, Udaipur and Mumbai. The Sanganer airport of Jaipur is located south of Amber.
Around the Fort
The prominent tourist attractions around Amber Fort are Jaigarh Fort, Jaipur, Jal Mahal, Maota Lake, Umid Bhavan Palace, and Nahargarh Fort.
Amer Fort is a perfect fusion of Hindu and Islamic architecture. Go through the article above if you are planning to visit Amber Fort and gather all the necessary information.