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Amber Palace - Jaipur
The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1592 and completed by Mirja Raja Jai Singh the fort was made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort-palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking vista. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort.
All means of survival and luxuries for the royal families and the people who were concerned with the functioning of this small kingdom of the Kachhawas were well provided. The Rajputs who had apparently won a small structure passed on by Meena tribes, later on renovated it into the grand Amber Fort. Holding a history as old as seven centuries, this place vibrates with its legendary past. Although many of the early structures have been literally ruined but at the same time, those dating from 16th century onwards are remarkably well preserved by sincere efforts.
he fort has four sections; each within the premises, and one has to climb up the imposing stairway or else the broad aisle, where one can ride the elephant for a royal feel. The main gate Surajpol leads to Jaleb chowk, which is the main courtyard from where one can walk up the stairway that leads to the palace. Jaleb Chowk was also the area where returning armies were welcomed and they would display their war prize to the population at large.
Before you enter the palace just towards the right is a steep aisle and a narrow staircase reaching up to Kali Temple also called Shila Devi Temple, famous for its mysterious history and the huge silver lions. It is a gorgeous temple featuring silver doors with raised relief. According to a legend, Raja Man Singh I had worshiped the Goddess for a victory over the rulers of Bengal. The Goddess appeared in the Raja's dream and ordered him to recover her statue lying under sea near Jessore (now in Bangladesh) and install it in a befitting temple. True enough, after subjugating the enemies the Raja recovered the statute from the bed of the sea. The temple is called after Shila Devi, "shila" meaning stone slab. Like all temples this too has an image of Ganesha on the doorway, carved from a single piece of coral.
Getting back from the temple the main stairways lead to the second courtyard of the fort. Here situated is the imposing Diwan-I-Aam, the hall of public audiences where the Maharaja received the populace and their petitions. This is a pavilion of double row of columns each capped by an elephant shape. There is a lattice gallery also.Diwan-I-Aam,
Behind the exquisite and fabulous Ganesh Pol, "pol" meaning gate, residential apartments of the Maharaja are located. The Jai Mandir, the Hall of Victory is famous for its inlaid panel and dazzling mirror ceiling. Much of it had deteriorated with time and is under restoration.
On the other side is Sukh Niwas, the residence of pleasure. The palace has an ivory inlaid sandalwood door. A channel laid for flow of water is an inventive system of cooling. The water flowing from the channel wasn't wasted but allowed to flow into the garden. From there you can also enjoy viewing the fort rampart and its reflection in the Moata Lake.
The Zenana or the palace of the women is on the fourth courtyard. The rooms are connected through a common corridor, but are ingeniously designed to ensure privacy to each room.
Duration of Openings (Hrs.): 8.00-17.30
Entry Fee (In Indian Rupees):
Indian : 25 Student : 10
Foreigner : 200 Student : 100
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Elephant Ride at Amber Palace for two persons Rs. 900/-.
Ride is available for one way only. (as per availability)
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