Amber Palace

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Overview

Amber Palace features among the most visited forts and top attractions in Rajasthan. The fort is perched on the high hills. Meenas built this fort using redstone and marble in 1592 from the ancient ruins of the 11th century.

The fort was the dwelling place of the royal family of Raja Man Singh. He carved 12 beautifully decorated rooms for his queens. The king had 12 wives, and a staircase connected each room to the king's chamber.

UNESCO inscribed this fort among the world heritage sites as part of six hill forts in Rajasthan.

 

History

Amer was a small town before the Kachwahas’s rule, and a small tribe Meenas inhabited it. The Amer fort was named after Ambikeshwar(another name of Lord Shiva). The locals differ and opine that the name has been derived from Amba, another name of Goddess Durga.

It was named Dundar during the Kachhawahas rule from the 11th century to the 16th century till the center of power was shifted to Jaipur. 

Raja Man Singh built the fort in 1592 AD. His successors carried on the renovation and expansion efforts for the next 150 years. Kadimi Mahal is considered to be the oldest palace in the country. King Man Singh also commissioned a small temple of his patron Goddess Sheela Mata. The Amber fort held out against all attacks with great valor. Over time, old structures gave way to the new structures.

Princely state Jaipur had its capital in Amer, and the fort was the abode of its Rajput rulers. Maharaja Man Singh I led Mughal Emperor Akbar's army. He began construction in 1592 on the remnants of an 11th-century fort. All the successive Rajput kings added value to the Amber Fort until the capital was shifted to Jaipur in 1727.

 

Architecture

Its architecture is a perfect blend of traditional Rajputana and Mughal styles. Red sandstone and marble give it an aesthetically mysterious look. Portraits of majestic Rajput rulers and paintings of old hunting styles give you the glimpses of Rajputana.

Amer Fort has four sections characterized by a separate courtyard and entrance. Suraj Pol or Sun Gate is the main entrance to the fort, leading you to the main courtyard. This gate faces east where the sun rises. Thus, it has derived this name. 

Step to the right on the imposing stairways to reach Siladevi Temple. The same stairways lead you to an impressive courtyard Jaleb Chowk. Back then, women would watch proceedings through the windows, and the army used to flaunt war booty at Jaleb Chowk.

Diwan-e-Aam is the Public Audience Hall on the second level of the Amer Fort. This grand hall opens on three sides. Two columns of pillars with mounted elephants support the hall, which portrays extensive mosaic glassworks.

The royal quarters are around the third courtyard of the Amer Fort. Ganesh Pol is the entry point to get this far. Sheesh Mahal stands as the most impressive attraction in the entire fort complex. Glass paintings and intricate carvings of flowers adorn the ceilings and walls.

If you light two candles inside the Sheesh Mahal hall, thousand glittering stars on the ceilings will give you a pleasant illusion. Sukh Mahal hall is in front of the Sheesh Mahal. It was built using ivory and sandalwood. Its numerous channels run cold water.

Magic flower is a fresco carved out of marble, and Lord Ganesha's carving out of a single piece of coral are other highlights of the complex. Man Singh, I used the main palace in the south of this courtyard. It is the oldest part of the complex. The main palace exits directly to the Amer town.

Royal women used to occupy the final level of the Amer Fort. Here, several rooms surrounded the courtyard. Back in time, Jas Mandir was a hall meant for private audiences. 

Guide

You can avail of the services of a guide in Hindi and English in exchange for a fee.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm
  • Monday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm
  • Tuesday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm
  • Wednesday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm
  • Thursday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm
  • Friday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm
  • Saturday : 08:00 am to 09:15 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Public Bus : From Ajmeri Gate or MI Road, you can board a public bus to reach Amer town. Then, walk to the fort or take an elephant ride.
  • Taxi/auto-rickshaws : Hire a car or taxi to reach the fort, which is 11 kilometers from Jaipur.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Indians : INR 25
  • Foreigners : INR 200 ...

Things to Do

  • Attend the light show after sunset. It is available in Hindi and English.
  • Enjoy an elephant ride inside the fort, which may cost you around 900 INR for two persons. Elephant Ride. It is a popular tourist activity in Amber Fort.
  • In Amer town, you can shop at handicraft shops and stalls and appreciate the artwork.
  • You can also enjoy trekking in the surrounding hills.
  • You can savor Rajasthani cuisines around the fort. Orange blossom, Madhuras Restaurant, Jal Mahal Restaurant, Surabhi Restaurant, 1135 AD, and The Stag Rooftop restaurant are the nearby restaurants.
  • Narshingh temple, Jagat Shiromani Temple, and Panna Mian ki Baodi are the temples in the fort's foothill.
  • Turban Museum and Anokhi Museum of Handprinting are other attractions around the fort to visit.

Address

Amber Palace, Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Saurabh kumar
Saurabh kumar
10/04/2020 07:36
One of the top tourist attractions of Jaipur, the huge Amer Palace Fort sits atop a small hill, and is located at a distance about 11 km from the main city. The magnificent Amer Fort is an extensive palace complex that has been built with pale yellow and pink sandstone, and with white marble. The fort is divided into four main sections that are graced with their own courtyards.
Yogesh S
Yogesh S
09/15/2020 12:26
Well maintained place to visit in Jaipur.. Photo enthusiasts delight About the place: Amer Fort or Amber Fort is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India. Amer is a town with an area of 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi)[1] located 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The town of Amer and the Amber Fort were originally built by the Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I. Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attraction in Jaipur. Amer Fort is known for its artistic style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake, which is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.
Anuj Deshwal
Anuj Deshwal
09/20/2020 22:00
You can visit Jaipur. So please can't miss to visit the Amber palace...
Ajay yadav
Ajay yadav
09/20/2020 09:56
This is the place for visit the wall of Amer fort
ROHIT KUMAR
ROHIT KUMAR
09/11/2020 13:27
I will visit this place again.

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Amer is a town around 11 kilometers from Jaipur. It has an area of 4 square kilometers. Now, Amber Fort or Amer Fort is a fort built in Amer town. The Meenas, a local tribe, developed the Amber town and made the Amber Fort. Later, Raja Man Singh I ruled the city.
The Kachhwahas ruled Dhundar(old name of Amer) from 11th to the 16th century. Later, the capital was moved to Jaipur from Amer. In 1592, Raja Man Singh built this fort and used it as a residence for the royal family. Raja Jai Singh I developed it further. ...
Sandstone/Redstone and marble were used to construct this majestic fort. Maharaja Man Singh, a commander in the Mughal emperor Akbar army, began work in 1592....
To take in the fort's beauty and architecture, you should allocate 3 to 3.5 hours to see Amer Fort. Sunrise view is worth witnessing. ...
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