The construction of Amber Fort began in 1592 under orders of Raja Man Singh. The Raja was a trusted commander in the service of Emperor Akbar. The style of architecture of the fort is typical Rajput, but the palace and apartments show a melding of Islamic and Rajput ornamentation,
Standing on a steep hill, the red and white sandstone fort was modified by successive rulers for the next 150 years. The views of Jaipur from the ramparts are awesome.
Inside the walls of the fort are remains of palace and royal chambers. There is a temple dedicated to Kali just to the right of the main entry gate (Suraj Pol).
The Kali Temple has magnificent doors, decorated with silver raised-relief murals and mirror work. In ancient times goats were sacrificed to the Goddess on an alter inside the temple.
Inside the main courtyard is a beautifully designed herb-garden, with water features (photo3)
Each of the four sections of the fort is accessable by stairs, and houses royal apartments, audience halls and womens quarters.The entrance to the Maharajahs private apartments (Ganesh Pol) is extremely impressive, and is also lavishly decorated with mosaics, carvings and silverwork. The ceilings are very ornate.
There are 3 ways of reaching the fort- by jeep, by elephant or by walking up.
We watched the elephants trundling up the steep hill, some carrying 3 or 4 passengers- and my heart went out to them.They were suffering so much, it was very hot, and they did not look to be in good condition. We chose to walk up, and although it is a 10 minute uphill slog, we never regretted it for one moment. On entering the fort there are refreshment stands to quench the thirst.
The old Amer fort is a delight to watch. It has a big wall of ancient times and sheesh-mahal and so many other beautiful things to watch. One can climb the fort by sitting on the back of an elephant. This place is just wonderful.
If Jaipur is to maintain its tourist base, it should clean up here. My experience all started with the unpleasant elephant ride to the base. The ride was fine but after we tipped the driver, he demanded more! Then there were all the locals hawking their wares at the base. And they were aggressive almost attacking in swarms. Should I mention the locals who were charging a fee at the bathrooms despite the big sign that read "These are FREE bathrooms"? Or how about the photographers taking photos of you riding the elephants up and then tracking you down after and forcing you to buy the photos. The touts really left a poor impression of Jaipur but if you can see past that, then the Fort is a beautiful place to visit - a photographer's paradise if you will. I could have spent the whole day there with my SLR.
It is a good feeling for us Indians to take a sneak peek into a King's way of life is what both AJ and I felt as we walked thru the various chambers of Amber Fort. This fort was built by Raja Man Singh I in 1592. All built in marble and red sand stone this is quite a magnificient sight to behold! The interiors are a stark contrast to the plain exteriors with intricate work and carvings. There is even a temple inside the fort, remember to remove your shoes before entering this place of worship.Even as our driver tried to dissuade us from climbing the fort as he claimed it would take a good three hours for us to do the same, we threatened to relieve him of the tour if he so wished. This quietened him a bit into agreeing to wait for us, we again promised to take as much time as we pleased before we headed off.
Much of the fort was familiar to us after having recently watched a popular Bollywood movie (Jodha Akbar) that was shot extensively in Amer. We decided against any audio guide etc as we truly believe seeing is experiencing; we are not very hungry for facts/history etc. Having done some basic reading up on the same before our visit we spent a couple of hours visiting the various sections of the fort and watching some people take an elephant ride up to the fort. The sheesh (mirror) mahal was very pretty, so was the awesome view from the terrace :D. The Canons at the entrance and the garden in the middle of the lake are also worth seeing.
Once outside we had some spicy masaledar bhel puri from a vendor on the road side before going on to find our rickshaw.
Amber Fort is located a few kilometers from from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. It stands perched atop a cliff beside the Jaipur Delhi Highway. The architecture is a fine blend of the Mughal and Rajput schools of architecture, beautifully combining white marble and redstone.
One if its attraction is the Amber Palace, a magnificent structure built within the Amber Fort. Large, sprawling gardens, grand, chambers and large rooms, a rich decoration and excellent planning mark the construction of the Amber Palace. Built by Man Singh I, a Rajput ruler of Jaipur belonging to the Kachwaha clan and a general in the Mughal army, the Amber Palace boasts of spectacular structures such as the Ganesh Pole, Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas.
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Amber was the ancient capital of Jaipur State and here lies the impressive Amber Fort complex, which was begun by Raja Man Singh in 1600. He was the Rajput Commander of Akbar's army and was followed by Mirza Jaja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh in overseeing the building of the fort over a period of two centuries. One can see the typically Mughal style Dil-e-Aaram Garden and a complex of palaces, halls, pavillions, gardens and temples here at the site as well as a Hall of Public Audience and the Maharaja's residence on a higher level. A goat was sacrificed every day on the steps of the Kali Temple right up to 1980, when the State Government banned the practice. There are also the women's appartments of the Maharaja's concubines which are cleverly designed so that he could enter any of the rooms without the ladies knowing!
The Amber Fort Palace is 11km from Jaipur and a must visit. It is a massive complex with a lot to see. You can hire a guide outside the palace for a small fee. (If you want, you can ride to the entrance of the Fort on an elephant.)
It is a magnificent building well worth a visit for a few hours.
The Amber Fort is just outside of Jaipur high up on a hillside and was built originally in the 16th century.
Within the walls are magnificant entrance gates, gardens, fantastically decorated walls, and amazing carvings. This is such a stunning place, you could spend a whole day there and not got bored. The views of the surrounding area are worth the climb up the step hill.
You have 3 options on methods of travel. 1, walk up. It takes about 15 minutes but the path is step. 2, jeep some of the way then walk, or 3, take an Elephant taxi! These are extremely popular but sometimes the queue for one will be more than an hour long. The elephants are very well looked after and only do a specified number of trips before returning to the elephant stables for a well earned rest.
More photos of the lovely inside of the fort are on my Amber Fort page!
The Amber Fort at Amber, 11 kilometers away from Jaipur and within its municipal locality, was a palace that was built during the rule of Raja Man Singh, the Commander in Chief of Akbar’s army (and his brother in law) and the construction began in 1592. The fort was modified for one and a half century next until the capital of the kings was moved to Jaipur. The fort is situated on top of a small hill which people can walk up or in a more touristy way, may also take an elephant and ride on its back upto the palace. The Fort is a beautiful treasurehouse, quite well preserved. It is made of marble and sandstone. The interiors are beautiful, well decorated with exquisite mirror work and sculpture at some places. The idea behind the mirrorwork originally was that when at night somebody passed by the rooms with a single candle on hand, the thousand reflection on the mirrors would lit up the whole room. Photos (www.tropicalisland.de)
Amber is located at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur
The fort is built with white marble and red sandstone and look even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground. The fort in itself is a beautiful sight to behold but as one looks on the fort with its clear reflection on the lake in the front, one cannot help but wonder if it is a dream or a beautiful illusion.
Amber Fort also called the Amer Fort is a must-see if you are visiting Rajasthan. The tourists to this fort can either approach the fort by road or take an elephant ride, which though is quite slow yet is a lot of fun.
My greatest disappointment was not being able to visit this fort, and especially to experience riding up to it on elephant back.
I had to be satisfied with seeing it from a distance. It is huge, stretching across a ridge of hills. As mentioned above, the road to it is steep.
It is the typical red colour and from what i could see when zooming in, not unlike other Moghul forts in basic design.
There are many other VT ers who have written full and detailed descriptions.
Amber fort is the most beautiful of all the forts,you can enjoy the elephant ride ......uphill to the fort....
The sprawling Amber Fort is a typical example of what the lives of our gallant Rajputs were like – militant, adventurous, temperamental and also self-indulgent. It is among the best hilltop forts in India. Within the stern exteriors that seem to grow out of the rugged hills are mighty gates, temples, huge ornate halls, palaces, pavilions, gardens and even a ramp to take you to the hilltop palace! and guess who climbs the ramp? Elephants.Just 11 kms from Jaipur, Amber fort is a splendid fort constructed in a scenic locale. Being a perfect blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture, Jaipur attracts travellers from around the globe. Built in 16 the century by Raja Man Singh, the fort stands as a proud reminder of the exotic building skills of the artisans of the yesteryears. This fort from yore days unfurls the legacies of the time when the august rulers imagined the unmatched craftmanship.
Diwan-i-Am or Hall of Public Audience :This is a delicate palace which you would come across on your travel to Amber fort. This forty pillared pavillion is perfect example of intricate craftmanship and was constructed by Mirza Raja Jai Singh. The pavilion worked as a place where Maharajahs used to recieve its general public and used to hear their pertaining problems.Diwan-i-Khas (Hall of Private Audience), Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir & Jas Mandir : Diwan-i-Khas show cases a rich amalgam of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The architecture is showcased in the fascinating Diwan-i-khas, Sukh Niwas, Jai Mandir and Jas Mandir. Decorated with beautiful mirror work, Diwan -I - Khas has wonderful carvings on the walls and the ceilings. The major attractions of these halls are miniature murals made of coloured glasses which depicts Radha and Krishna.
This was a fabulous matrix of towers and rooms and pavilions that was truly dizzying. From the hall of mirrors - incredible - to the murals to the endless halls of rooms this is a casual explorer's funhouse. We didn't go with children but it made me feel like a kid again to wander endlessly around in circles getting lost and finding interesting things (like the ancient version of a hot tub) around every corner.
We did without the elephant trip up the hill and I didn't feel like I missed anything...but then again, I've never been on an elephant.
The Amber Fort on top of the hill, built in 1600, was the powerbase of the pro-Mogul Kuchwaha Rajputs. This Rajput - Mogul alliance ensured a peaceful existence for the Amber Fort with few battles. Things were peaceful enough to ensure that the Amber Fort's main cannon, the largest in Asia and able to file a cannonball 35 km, never got used in anger.
The palace (lower building - second photo) is a complex of halls and audience areas with a big splash of Mogul and a huge dollop of Hindu (flowers, elephants and other animals included in the architecture show it isn't Muslim - Islam theoretically does not allow the depiction on living things in architecture). The oldest part, the Palace of Man Singh I, consists of a pillared platform which acted as a meeting place for the Maharajas concubines, shrouded from man's eyes by curtains. I herd it mentioned that the design of the area was such that the Maharaja could keep an eye on the girls, basically stopping them plotting with or against each other and scratching each other's eyes out. The Maharaja had more girls to do battle with than the Mogul Emperor - even more nagging!!!
For the first time since Tibet, I found myself wondering if the sight of the fort and palace together came lose to matching the sight of the Potala Palace in 1998. I still have to give the edge to the Potala Palace, but it has taken until now to find something at least comparable in scale to it (though as I said on the Agra page, I prefer the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa and the Golden Temple in Amritsar due to the life about the two places).
The zenana or the women's apartments located behind the palace depicts erotic Krishna Leela scenes and surrounds a spectacular courtyard. In the earlier times, they were the private chambers from where the royal women could watch the proceedings of the royal court in privacy.