The Amber Fort in Rajasthan built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, is one of the finest examples of Rajput architecture. Perched high on a barren ridge, it commands extensive views over a deep narrow valley and the wider plains beyond.
The building was finally completed in the early18th century when the threat of Mughal domination was receding. Amber was once, the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original inhabitants of this region .
Located up on the hills that surround Jaipur, the fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of a massive complex gateways, courts, stairways and pillared pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth, of Amber''s association with the Mughals. This complex was built by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh, over a period of about two centuries.
The front courtyard of the complex, is adorned with the magnificent, pillared hall of the Diwan - i - Am, and the two - tiered painted gateway Ganesh Pol. The palace of mirrors, Sheesh Mahal, is of special interest. It has walls inlaid with exquisite mirrors. The Jas Mandir, perched on the upper floor, is a superb amalgam of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture, as is evident from the exquisitely carved Jali screens, and fine mirror and stucco work.
The fort is entered through the ''Dil-e-Aaram'' Garden, laid out in the traditional Mughal style. An imposing flight of stairs leads to the ''Diwan-E-Am'' (hall of public audience) which has latticed galleries and double row of columns each having a capital in the shape of elephants on the top. To the right are steps that lead to the small Kali Temple. Maharaja Man Singh was a great devotee of Goddess Kali and prayed to the goddess for victory during battles. The temple has huge doors made of silver. The larger white marble Shila Mata temple, has the image of Goddess Kali, brought by Raja Man Singh from Jessore in East Bengal (now Bangladesh).
This fort and palace is located in Amber, a ruined city of Rajasthan state, India. Amber was, formerly, the capital of Jaipur state. The palace of the royal apartments is located in the Amber fort complex with temples, palaces, stairways, pillared pavilions, gateways and gardens. The apartments of the emperors lie on a really great terrace beyond an amazing decorative gateway. It is really well-known since its walls and ceilings are covered by millions of handcrafted mirrors which illuminate and make the whole room sparkle. Could you really imagine it? This is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular attractions of this worldwide known palace. In addition, this palace relies on great well-proportioned gardens, the Kesar Kyari and the Dilaram Bagh, which are able to impress the most demanding expectations by providing a magnificent view of the palaces.
If you have already discovered that the trip of your dreams is called Amber Fort and Palace, then, it is important for you to know that you can also have access to other places if, after Amber, you feel that you are still able to see more. You are connected with those fantastic places by air, rail and road. In addition, you can make use of the broad range of facilities for elephant back ride up to Amber Fort, which is, absolutely, an experience that you will never forget. Get to know Amber Fort and Palace.