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05-05-2012, 02:40 AM #1
Amber Fort - Awesome Symbol of the RajputsAmber Fort - Awesome Symbol of the Rajputs
Built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century Amber Fort (also known and pronounced as Amer fort) is located in Amer, a small town 11km from Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is a fascinating merge of Mughal and Hindi architecture, built in marble and red sandstone.
The Amber fort was occupied by the Rajput’s from the 16th century till 1927, when Jaipur was created. They used it both for residential as well as defense purposes. It is a symbol of the valiant lifestyles of Rajput’s. Situated at the forefront of the palace is the Maotha lake.
Situated at the forefront of the palace is the Maotha lake. The reflection of this sprawling palace on the water of the lake is mesmerizing.
Tourists are often deceived by the outer appearance of the fort as it is rocky and rough. However, this is completely different from its interiors which are filled with lush gardens, intricate decoration and exquisite paintings. The majestic halls with the minute mirror work and carvings on the walls and ceilings leave the visitors captivated.
The fort is divided into four subparts. Diwan-I-Aam, also known as the Hall of Public Audiences, is a marquee with double row of columns. At the entrance of the palace is Kali temple or Sila Devi temple which is famous for its heroic past, silver doors and huge silver lions. The Ganesh Pol, another aspect of the fort, leads us to the apartments of the King. Amber fort also has Jai Mandir, a renowned temple which has Sheesh Mahal. This is a magnificent hall of mirrors designed in such an artistic way that even a tiny ray of lights gets reflected.
The fort also houses numerous other halls which have their own special characteristics. Moreover, the grand walls ensure the protection of the Fort against the invasion of enemies.
In addition to all the above, many visitors come here to enjoy the joyful elephant ride. A ramp is designed to take you to the hilltop palace on beautifully decorated elephants so that you can truly take in the flawless beauty of this royal Fort.
All this and much more will definitely make your trip to Amber fort a memorable experience.
Timings- 9:30 am- 4:30 pm (Open on all days)
‘Best time to visit-October to February
Entry fee-The entry fee for Indian nationals is Rs. 25 per head whereas for foreign tourists it is Rs.200 per head. Elephant ride for Rs 450 per person one way....being a human...