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    Amer or Amber - Awesome fort complex

    by Herkbert Updated Nov 15, 2014

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    The Amber Fort is a huge complex high upon a rocky crest. The complex is made up of the fort, plus palaces, temples and courtyards. It was originally constructed by Raja Man Singh and was added onto by others through the ages.

    It was principally a fortification and that obvious by its location, high walls, multiple gates and the surrounding fortifications that look like the "great wall of China". Inside, you'll find palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) that are breath-takingly beautiful. There are courtyards and gardens which give it more of a feeling of being a palace then a fortress.

    Upon arrival at the fort you will have the option of making your way up to the gate by way of elephant or walking.

    If you are visiting Jaipur this another must see sight.

    I believe the hours are from 9:30 - 6:30.

    Amber Fort Ganesh Pol Sheesh Mahal Gardens and Maota Lake Moghol gardens
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    Splendor and magic!

    by Radiomom Written Oct 25, 2014

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    Yes, it is a big tourist site. Yes, it is touristy to ride an elephant up. BUT having researched it and been reassured by our wonderful guide that there are strict rules about the elephants -- that they can only make 3 round trips per day and must be done by noon -- we jumped for it. How often in this life will I have a chance to ride an elephant? The Amber (pronounced Amer) Fort is imposing and exquisite. The inside places are as interesting as the outside.

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    All the concepts of India

    by solopes Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    Riding an elephant uphill seems a cliche for tourists. And it is. But it really helps feeling the ambience and plunging deeper in India.

    I had a personal experience in Fort Amber... well... I describe it in a Travelogue. But the visit to the fort, going up by elephant, on foot, or by helicopter, is something no one can miss.

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    Around Amber fort, Jaipur.

    by pfsmalo Written Jul 9, 2014

    The Jaigarh fort sits on the Eagle Hill behind Amber and was built by Jai Singh II to protect the Amber fort below around 1726.
    Around Amber are the dilapidated old houses of the former village of Amer, many falling down around the Hindu temple through erosure and bad upkeep.
    There are many monkeys in the area too due to tourists leaving scraps of food.

    From Amber up to Jaigarh fort. View over Lake Maota. The Hindu temple of Amer. Another view of Jaigarh. Not long born this one!!!!

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    Inside Amber Fort, Jaipur.

    by pfsmalo Written Jul 9, 2014

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    The inside of the palaces are as marvelous as the exterior. The fabulous Sheesh-Mahal is decorated with thousands of pieces of pure glass. The reason for this being that the Queen was not allowed to sleep in the open air, so the Maharaja had her room built in glass so she could still watch the stars at night. The moghol gardens are also nicknamed the Andalusian because of their resemblance to the gardens in southern Spain.

    Magnifecent Sheesh-Mahal, Palace of mirrors Moghol gardens. Arrival of the elephants. Labyrinth of corridors.

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    Amber fort, Jaipur.

    by pfsmalo Written Jul 9, 2014

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    This fort was the building that left me the best impression of my whole tour in Rajasthan. Beautiful and not to be missed. About 10 kms north of the city Amber fort is built on a hill overlooking the Lake Maota and begun in 1592. Many tourists climb the hill on elephant back but if you are in a vehicle you have to go round a different way thus avoiding the climb. You arrive in a vast square where the elephants put down their clients via the Suraj Pol. There are plenty of police about to ensure you don't get walked upon, the elephants always following the same track around the square. After passing the ticket office to the right is the imposing Ganesh Pol, where you enter into the labyrinth of room, courtyards and corridors and the palaces and gardens. Mosaics and splendid decorations abound in every room and it is really a delight. Beautiful gardens are hidden away further into the palace but can easily be seen from the rooftop terraces.

    Entrance is 200 INR for foreigners but a multiple ticket that lasts two days can be bought for 350 INR which also includes the Albert Hall, Nahargarh fort, Hawar Mahal (Palace of winds) and Jantar Mantar, the Observatory. So you get 5 monuments for less than the price of two.

    Across lake Maota. Suraj Pol, entrance of the elephants. Ganesh Pol. Diwan-I-Am.

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    Amber Fort

    by Bernd_L Written Jan 23, 2014

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    Amber Fort is one of the most beautiful and impressive fortresses of India. Located a few kilometers north of Jaipur in a hilly area it was a regional capital before Jai Singh II. decided to build a new residence in Jaipur.

    A lot of tourists use the service of the elefant drivers and ride uphillon the back of these animals. But they say that the animals are not very well treated and that they suffer a lot. So please keep this in mind before you use them.

    Amber Fort Amber fort in the morning mist Elefant rides - a dubious pleasure
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    Diwan-i-aam - Amer Fort

    by al2401 Written Sep 4, 2013

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    The Diwan-i-aam or the Hall of Public Audience is exactly as it is called. It is where the Raja would meet with representatives of the people for the purpose of discussion or justice. This building is an open structure with a series of double colums with carved elephants on their capitals

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    Ganesh Pol - Amer Fort

    by al2401 Written Sep 4, 2013

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    Ganesh Pol is a large three storied gate in the south wall of the first courtyard. It was built between 1611 and1667 and is a mixture of Mughal and Rajput architecture. It depicts a profile of the elephant God Ganesh in the centre arch. Painted by vegetable dyes the colours are still vibrant. The gate is the entry to the third courtyard and the private realm of the royal family. On the third level are three intricately latticed windows used by the royal women to watch the goings on outside their world.

    Ganesh Pol - Amer Fort, Jaipur Ladies Viewing - Ganesh Pol - Amer Fort, Jaipur Ganesh Pol - Amer Fort, Jaipur
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    Jai Mandir - Amer Fort

    by al2401 Written Sep 4, 2013

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    Jai Mandir, also known as “The Hall of Victory”.

    Jai Mandir was constructed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I. It is a two storied building overlooking the third courtyard garden, the Aram Bagh. It has several parts. The Diwan-i-khas (Hall of Private Audience) is inside surrounded by mirrored galleries called the Sheesh Mahal. The Jas Mandir (Hall of Glory) is located on the floor above the Diwan-i-khas. All of the Jai Mandir is decorated with mirror pieces and glass inlay in the white marble. The smallest light is magnified many times. The glass and mirrors were imported from Belgium in 1623.

    There are many marble frescoes and reliefs of flowers and insects particularly butterflies. From inside there are views of the Maota Lake and lake garden.

    Jai Mandir and Aram Bagh - Amer Fort, Jaipur Ceiling of Jai Mandir - Amer Fort, Jaipur Jai Mandir - Amer Fort, Jaipur Jai Mandir - Amer Fort, Jaipur Moata Lake and garden - Amer Fort, Jaipur
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    Amer Fort

    by al2401 Updated Sep 4, 2013

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    Amer Fort is located in Amer 11 kilometres from Jaipur. It is also known as Amber Fort It was built by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and sits on a hill over looking Maota Lake. Raja Jai Singh I made impressive extensions and successive rulers added their own improvements until Sawai Jai Singh II removed to Jaipur. The remains of the old wall are still clearly visible.

    The palaces and gardens were built around a series of 4 courtyards. After the main gate you enter a large open space or Jaleb Chowk which served as a meeting ground for soldiers. From here steps lead up to the first courtyard of the palace proper. There is the Silla Devi temple here and the magnificent Ganesh Pol - the three story gate that leads into the royal apartments.

    The Diwan-i-aam or Hall of Public Audience is in the second courtyard - up some stairs from the first. It boasts of rows of double columns each with an elephant carved into its capitol.

    The third courtyard is accessed through the Ganesh Pol. There is a central garden built in the Mughal style with the Jai Mandir or Sheesh Mahal (called the Mirror Palace) on the left. This building is decorated with mirrors and glass inlaid panels on the walls and ceilings. It also has some beautiful carved marble frescoes. From here you can get a great view over Maota Lake and the lake garden. On the other side of the garden is the Sukh Niwas or Sukh Mahal (Hall of Pleasure) which features an early form of air conditioning. Water flowed in a channel through the building cooling the air before passing out into the garden.

    The fourth courtyard is home to the royal women.

    Amer Fort and Maota Lake, Jaipur Jaleb Chowk - Amer Fort, Jaipur The Great Wall of India? - Amer Fort, Jaipur Amer Fort, Jaipur Amer Fort, Jaipur
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    Must Do/See in Jaipur!

    by Donna_in_India Updated May 27, 2013

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    We had a guide for the city and our first stop was Amber (pronounced Amer) fort. A steep ramp led to the entrance, at which point you could walk up or take an elephant ride up. There is some controversy about the treatment of those elephants so we walked up to the fort.

    The fort was built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh I. It was built in white marble and red sandstone and is really stunning, the outside being a stark contrast to the inside. It was more a palace then a fort with a huge (magnificent) courtyard, small temple - the Kali or Shila Mata Temple - with gorgeous silver doors, various residence areas including that of the maharaja, and mosaics, hand paintings, marble columns, sculptures, and some great doors. The highlights included wonderful carvings and minute mirror work.

    There were long views of the surrounding watchtowers and loverlooking Maota Lake. There was room for the king, queen, and the king’s 300 concubines.

    This is definitely a must see in Jaipur. I would allow a couple of hours to explore.

    You can make a day out of visiting Amber, Jaigarth, and Nahargarh Forts, starting at the bottom with Amber. I think Amber rates as #1, Nahargarh as #2, and Jaigarh as #3.

    Admission is Rs 10 for Indian citizens, and Rs 200 for foreigners.

    Camera fees Rs 40 for Indian citizens, Rs 25 for foreigners.

    The fort is open daily except Holi from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Amber Fort Donna inside Amber Fort Magnificent Inner Courtyard of Amber Fort Colorful Mosaics inside Amber Fort Archways inside Amber Fort
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    AMER FORT IV : The Light & Sound Show!

    by goutammitra Updated Dec 16, 2012

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    The Night Illumination of of Amer Fort is just fantastic! You are going to love the place in the night as the illumination keeps you mesmerised! Please have a closer look of the pictures to realise that! Please buy your tickets in advance if you wish to experience the Light & Sound show followed by dinner in near by Surabhi Restaurant. We also organised Pagdi ceremony for our group at the show!
    During the 50-minute show, admire the colorful lights that illuminate the structure and reflect beautifully on Maota Lake, and gain an understanding of Amber Fort’s legendary past, dating back more than 600 years. Learn about the 28 kings of the Kachwaha Dynasty who ruled a number of kingdoms in the area and see how they played a part in changing the destiny of medieval India. You’ll leave the show with a deeper understanding of how the Indian state of Rajasthan has developed its unique identity.

    The Pagdi Ceremony! Me with the Rajasthani Pagri( head gear) The Amer Fort The Amer Fort Illumination!
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    AMER FORT II , MAOTA LAKE FROM TOP

    by goutammitra Updated Dec 15, 2012

    The Fort was built over the Maota Lake. The view from the top of the fort is fantastic! The lake is not a very big one but big enough for Rajasthan , where water is always a scarce commodity! This must have also served as major water supply source for King Man Singh and his family! Enjoy the beautiful lake!

    Maota Lake Maota Lake from another angle! Maota Lake from the Top!
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    AMER FORT OR AMBAR FORT

    by goutammitra Written Dec 14, 2012

    Last time we missed this place in May'12 but on 16th november' 12 during our revisit we compensated this to the hilt! We visited this place twice in a day! During the day we had a visit and in the evening we had Light & Sound show and a grand party at their garden!
    Amer Fort ( Amber Fort) is located in Amer 16 kilometers from Jaipur, Rajasthan state, India. It is one of the principal tourist attractions in the Jaipur area, located high on a hill.Amer Fort was built by Raja Man Singh I. Amer Fort is known for its artistic style, blending both Hindu and Rajput elements. With its large ramparts, series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.

    The aesthetic ambiance of this formidable fort is seen within its walls on a four level layout plan (each with a courtyard) in a well turned out opulent palace complex built with red sandstone and marble consisting of the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience", the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience", the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace) or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over the water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace. The palace was lived in by the Rajput Maharajas and their families. At the entrance to the palace near the fort’s Ganesh Gate, there is also a temple dedicated to Sila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult which was given to Raja Man Singh when he had defeated the Raja of Jessore, Bengal in 1604. (Jessore is now in Bangladesh).

    This fort, along with Jaigarh Fort, located immediately above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills, is considered as one complex, as the two are well connected by a subterranean passage. This passage was meant as an escape route in times of war for the royal family members and others in the Amer Fort to shift to the more redoubtable Jaigarh Fort.
    Amer was known in the medieval period as Dhundar (meaning attributed to a sacrificial mount in the western frontiers) and ruled by the Kachwahas from the 11th century onward – between 1037 and 1727 AD, till the capital was moved from Amer to Jaipur. The history of Amer is indelibly linked to these rulers as they founded their empire at Amer.

    Earlier to the Kachwahas, Amer was a small place built by the Meenas in the town they consecrated to Amba, the Mother Goddess, whom they knew as `Gatta Rani' or `Queen of the Pass'.[6] The Amer Fort, as it stands now, was built over the remnants of this earlier structure during the reign of Raja Man Singh, Commander in Chief of Akbar’s army and a member of the Emperor's inner circle of nine courtiers, in 1592.The structure was fully expanded by his descendant, Jai Singh I. Even later, Amer Fort underwent improvements and additions by successive rulers over the next 150 years, until the Kachwahas shifted their capital to Jaipur during the time of Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727.

    Many of the ancient structures of the medieval period of the Meenas have been either destroyed or replaced. However, the 16th century impressive edifice of the Amer Fort and the palace complex within it built by the Rajput Maharajas are very well preserved.

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