Amber Fort, Jaipur
Noted for its arty Hindu flair features, Amer Fort of Jaipur is also the main source of water for Amer Palace. Built from red sandstone and marble, the palace and fort, both have an appealing setting. The palace is arranged on four levels, each with a courtyard. The fort was built during the time in power of Raja Man Singh, which later on was expanded by his descendant, Jai Singh I.
The layout of the palace with fort is allocated in 4 main sections wherein each section has its entry gate and courtyard. The main entrance is through the Suraj Poe also known as the Sun Gate which leads to Jalebi Chowk, the initial integral courtyard. A significant flight of steps from Jalebi Chowk open into the main palace grounds which also comprises of Sila Devi Temple. Ganesh Pol or the Ganesh Gate gives us the access to private palaces of the Maharajas. Above which there is Suhag Mandir where the ladies of the royal family attended gatherings held in the palace.
The second courtyard is the place which houses the Public Audience Hall or Deewan-E-Aam where the major public gatherings were held.
The private lodgings of the people from the royal family is what the third courtyard unwraps to us. Arriving from the Ganesh Pol, this is where we settle into which is all embroidered with assortments and beautiful carvings and sculptures. This courtyard consists of 2 buildings standing opposite to each other parted by a beautiful garden.
The forth courtyard is the abode where the ladies of the royal family lived including the concubines and mistresses. It had numerous living rooms all of which open to a common corridor.
Over all, it’s stands out to be a majestic symbol of strength and beauty in the capital city of Rajasthan. And the views from the fort are magnificent, and the architecture and decor of the fort itself is stunning.
The opening hours are 8am-6pm seven days a week.