Amer Fort is also known as Amber Fort which is located 11 kilometres away from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Raja Man Singh I constructed this fort in 1592. Red sandstone was used to construct this fort. Rajput and Mughal Styles can be seen here. This is popularly known as Amer Palace. It was lived in by Rajput Maharajas and their families. Major attractions of this fort are ceilings of the fort, precious stone works on the walls and intricate carvings.
What to see in Amer Fort:
Sila Devi Temple: This temple is dedicated to Goddess kali. Idol of Goddess Kali was installed by Maharaja Man Singh. This was constructed after winning the battle against Raja of Jessore in Bengal. Goddess Kali instructed him in the dreams to bring the statue from the sea and kept in the temple.
Sheesh Mahal: This was constructed with the inspiration of Mughal architecture. Mirror work can be seen inside the Mahal. These mirrors are in convex shape. During the night times mahal will glitter bright under candle lights.
Diwan-e-Aam: King used to address people from this hall. Hall is having 27 porches. Each is mounted with elephant shaped capital with galleries above it.
Palace of Raja Man Singh I: It is the part of the fort. During the reign of Raja Man Singh I construction of this fort completed. It has taken 25 years to complete the fort. This Palace consists of Pavilion. This Pavilion is the meeting place for the royal ladies.
Diwaan-e-Khas: Private meetings held at this place. In the fort complex this is one of the major attractions. Other name of this place is Jas Mandir as this consists of most attractive mirror glass work. This was constructed between 1621- 67 AD by Mirza Raja Jai Singh.
What to see around Amer Fort:
Albert Hall Museum: Best collection of crystal works, metal sculptures, ivory goods, natural stones, pottery, chiselled brassware, exquisite jewellery, rare paintings can be seen here. It is located 10kms away from the Fort.
Jantar Mantar: This is the huge collection of astronomical instruments. It is one of the 5 observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh in 1718. Jantar Mantar is located 8kms away from the fort.
Hawa Mahal: In 1747, this was built by Sawai Pratap Singh. This is known as Palace of Winds. Royal ladies can see the market place from this mahal. It is located 8kms away from the fort.
Jaigarh Fort: It is located 7kms away from the fort. In Asia this is the largest canon. This was built by Raja Maan Singh.
Nahargarh Fort: It is located on Aravalli Hills which are located 8kms away from the fort. For the protection of Amber this was built by Jai Singh.
Jal Mahal: It is located in the middle of Man Sagar Lake which is 7kms away from the fort. This was built in 1799 by Maharaja Madho Singh.
Getting to Amer Fort: As this palace is very close to Jaipur visitors of this place need to come to Jaipur. Jaipur is well connected with road and railways. From Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Ajmer etc buses come to Jaipur. From Ajmer, Alwar, Kota, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Agra, Ahmedabad etc trains come to this place. Jaipur is having both domestic and international airports. From Sharjah, Muscat, London, Dubai flights come to this place.
Getting around Amer Fort: Fort can see on foot. Taxis, buses and Private vehicles are available to visit the surrounding places of Amer Fort.
Best time to visit Amer Fort: Amer fort can be seen throughout the years.
Where to stay in Amer Fort: Inside the fort accommodation is not available to stay. Plenty of accommodations available in Jaipur.
Where to eat in Amer Fort: Only cool drinks and snacks are available inside the fort. Cafes can also be seen inside the fort. Plenty of restaurants available in Jaipur.