Situated on a small hillock, the imposing Amber Fort overlooks the 'Pink City' of Jaipur. Its construction was started by Raja Man Singh in 1592 AD, but was finally completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. Formerly the ancient capital of the state of Jaipur, this architectural marvel is a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal forms of architecture. Massive gateways, pavilions and archways adorn the Amber Fort, thus making it one of the most sought after forts in Jaipur. In fact you should not let the tough exterior of the fort deceive you because the Amber Fort houses some of the most beautiful palaces and gardens, the beautiful Sheesh Mahal being one such example. Beautiful painting scenes with carvings and exquisite mirror work adorn the walls of the palaces within the Amber Fort. Some of the old temples are also worth having a look at.
The aura of bravery and romance pervade the entire Amber Fort Palace, which reverberates with tales of its heroic past. Visiting this fort not only answers many questions about Jaipur's history but also makes an ever-lasting impression on our minds.
History of Amber Fort
Amber or Amer used to be the erstwhile capital of Jaipur State. It was ruled by the Kachhwaha Rajputs who belonged to Gwalior. Foundation stone of this fort was laid by Maharaja Man Singh in the 16th century. He was the Rajput commander of Emperor Akbar. The later structures were erected by the Jai Singhs who brought it to its present state.
The fort complex is divided into four parts. A visitor would enter 'Suraj Pol' or the Sun Gate, which is the main entry point to the grand palace. Once inside, you would be flabbergasted by the grandeur of the palace. Walk through the pathways that take you to 'Jaleb Chowk' Amber palace complex mainly includes Jaleb Chowk, Singh Pol, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, Ganesh Pol, Yash Mandir, Sukh Mandir, Suhag Mandir, Baradari, Bhool Bhulaiya, and Zanana Dyodi (women’s apartments). Each and every part of the fort is a perfect blend of Rajput and Hindu architecture, with Islamic ornamentation.
The Temple of Shila Devi
Inside the palatial complex, a long flight of stairs take one to the temple of Goddess Durga worshipped as Shila Devi. The idol here was brought by Maharajah Mansingh from Jessore Bangladesh. During Navaratri, the temple is elaborately decorated and special pooja and prayers are performed. This occasion draws people from all over Jaipur and other parts of Rajasthan.
Light and Sound Show
Witness the legendary stories of the Rajput Kings of Amber Fort in its evening Light and Sound show. The rocky walls of Amber Fort and the rising Jaigarh Fort act as a backdrop. An attractive narration is supported by the light effects and folk music.
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