Overlooking the beautiful Maota Lake is the- Palace complex, Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort. Located at the outskirts of the city (11 km away), Amber Fort is well-known for the grandeur it features and is an integral part of the city. Featuring an amalgam of Hindu and Muslim architectural styles, Amber Fort leaves every visitor mesmerized. When you are in Jaipur, you really can’t miss visiting this magnificent Fort. Also, the fort offers spectacular views of the city from the top.
While the attractions of this fort are many, the most alluring attraction is the elephant ride up to the fort’s entrance. Sitting on an elephant’s back, you will surely take back a unique royal experience. If you opt for an elephant ride or if you cover the path by walking, you enter the complex from Suraj Pol or Sun Gate that leads you to the Main courtyard or Jaleb Chowk. This was the place where the army of the ruler used to showcase the war booty to the public. You can find the ticket office across Suraj Pol. The other option to cover this area is on a jeep. In case you enter the complex in a car, you enter through Moon Gate or Chand Pal, opposite Main Courtyard. Light and sound show organized every evening in the fort complex is a major crowd puller.
Timing: open all days between 9:30 AM- 4:30 PM
- INR 25 per person (Indians)
- INR 50 per person (foreigners)
- INR 50 per camera still camera (Indians)
- INR 100 per person video camera fee (Indians)
- INR 70 per person still camera fee (foreigners)
- INR 150 per person for video camera (foreigners)
Amer Fort was constructed by Raja Shri Maan Singh Ji in the 16th century. He started the construction of the fort in the 1592. Maan Singh was Kacchwaha of Ruler of Amber, which is now known as Jaipur. During the construction of the temples, he also commissioned the construction of a small temple dedicated to Sheela Mata, his patron goddess. The fort clearly depicts the magnificent lifestyle of the Rajputs of those times. Additions and renovations were made in the fort complex later on.Maan Singh was one of the trustworthy generals and first war chiefs of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. The Emperor also included him in his list of the ‘Navaratnas’ of his court.
On Delhi- jaipur highway, 11 km from the city center.
Built in the year 1592, the fort is one of the most popular forts in Rajasthan, known for its massive architecture. Famed for its artistic architectural style, it comprises of a blend of both Hindu and Rajput features. Overlooking Lake Maota that is right in its front, the fort consists of cobbled pathways, various gates and huge fortifications.
The star attraction of the fort is the Mughal style gardens, known as Dil-e-Aaram and Diwan-e- Aam. As you enter the fort through the ‘Dil-e-Aaram’ Garden, you would get awestruck by with traditional Mughal style of gardens. A beautiful flight of stairs takes you to Diwan-e-Aam, which is known for its intricately decorated galleries.
The third courtyard had the apartments of the Maharaja. Make an entry from Ganesh Pol that is festooned with attractive frescoed arches. Hall of Victory or Jai Mandir has Multi-mirrored ceiling and in-laid panels with marble carvings. Opposite this hall is Sukh Niwas or Hall of Pleasure.The women’s quarters or Zenana were surroundings of the 4th courtyard. The rooms of the queens were built in such a manner that the king could visit any queen without the knowledge of the other queens.
Diwan-e-Aam and Diwan-e-Khas
Diwan-e-Khas or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in Glass. In this hall, king used to meet special guests from other states, ministers and his friends. Diwan-e-Aam or the Hall of Public Audience is a beautiful hall stands on two rows of ornamented pillars and opens on three sides. It is said that king used to listen about needs and complaints of General public.
Sukh Mandir, which is opposite to Diwan-e-Khaas having doors made of sandal wood and ivory. There is a channel running through the hall, which carried cool water that worked as an air cooler, with the aid of breeze. In this artistic hall cool climate was artificially created.
The Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) is the most famous and beautiful part of Amber Fort. You must remember the song of the famous bollywood classic Film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ i.e. “pyaar kiya toh darna kya”, yes, it was shot in Sheesh Mahal. The walls and ceiling of this hall is carved with beautiful paintings and flowers and that too made with pure Glass. The reason behind why this hall was made by glass because in ancient days the queens was not allowed to sleep in open air but she loved to see the stars shinning.
Mughal Garden or Kesar Kyaari
Mughal Garden is a beautiful Garden of Amer Fort. This beautiful garden has flower beds in shape of stars that had saffron flowers. The English translation of the garden’s name is “Saffron Garden”