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Amer Fort

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A strikingly beautiful city - Jaipur, historic and interesting is dominated by the imposing 16th century Amer Fort, a brooding bastion of pavilions and palaces, looking down over and watching over Jaipur. The citadel rises above the waters of the Maotha Lake, and although a motorable road leads to the main gate of Amer, the touristier alternative is to ride an elephant up to the gate.

Amer or Amber was once the capital of the Kachhwaha rulers of the state of Dundhar, all of seven hundred years before the city of Jaipur came into existence. The fort was built in the 16th and early 17th centuries by Raja Man Singh and his successor Jai Singh I. The fort-palace Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is made up of white marble and red sandstone. Once inside, you’ll get the chance to see one of India’s best-preserved medieval citadels, a stunning complex of gardens, temples, pavilions and courtyards.

The fort’s first courtyard is a wide expanse, dominated by two buildings- the pillared red sandstone Diwan-e-Aam (the Hall of Public Audience) and the intricately painted double-storeyed Ganesh Pol gate. Beyond these lies a series of pillared corridors, centering around a typical Mughal `charbagh’ garden, bounded on one side by Sukh Niwas and on the other by Jas Mandir, a lovely piece of architecture which combines Rajput and Mughal features: delicate mirror work, stucco, paint and carving - look out, especially, for the exquisitely carved jaalis or screens.

The Amer Fort’s pièce de resistance, though, is the exquisite Sheesh Mahal- the Mirror Palace- which is, as you’d imagine, liberally mirrored. Patterned mosaics, coloured glass and mirror decorate the Sheesh Mahal from floor to ceiling, creating a palace of almost unbelievable beauty.

Fountains and waterways, gardens and courtyards spread out across the rest of the fort, the ramparts of which actually weave their way into the mountains for miles around.

The Amer Fort is, in roughly equal proportions, a pleasure-palace, a former centre of administration and a military stronghold- all worth seeing.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit the place is between October and March. During this period, the heat of the desert sun is less intense, the weather is cool and it is the best season for going sightseeing.

Trivia

For a truly royal experience ride on elephant back up the hill. The elephants are caparisoned and decked up to the hilt and for a brief moment in time you can transport yourself back in time!

Timing

The fort can be visited any time between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.


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