Fort in Jaipur is a major tourist attraction in Rajasthan. Located at a distance
of 11 kilometers from Jaipur, the Amber Fort in Rajasthan is a classic example
of the Architectural style of the Rajputs. One finds a smooth amalgamation of
Hindu and Mughal architecture in the construction of the Amber Fort. Raja Man
Singh-I built the imposing fort on the remains of an earlier construction. It
was completed by Raja Sawai Jai Singh-II. The Amber Fort of Rajasthan was
constructed in the year 1592 and was modified over a period of 150 years by
successive rulers. The fort contained all the necessities and luxuries required
by the royalty as well as the other people living inside.
Made up of red sand stone and white marble, the Jaipur
Amber fort palace presents a picturesque site. Covering the interior walls of
the palace are painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror
settings. The Maota Lake, in the foreground of the court, offers an amazing
sight. There are four sections in the Amber fort. Leading up to the palace is
the main stairway situated in Jaleb Chowk, the main courtyard. Jaleb Chowk also
served as the area for welcoming the armies returning after winning. The main
gate that leads to the Jaleb Chowk is known as Surajpol.
Reasons to Visit
Shila Devi Temple
Just before the entrance to the fort, on the right side, is a staircase leading up to the Shila
Devi Temple. It is dedicated to Goddess Kali. The temple is very famous for its
huge silver loins and silver doors. On the doorway of the temple, is an image of
Lord Ganesha, carved from a single piece of coral.
In the second courtyard of the fort, is situated the
Diwan-e-aam, hall of public audience. In this hall, the king received his
subjects and listened to their problems. The hall has a lattice gallery and
pavilion having elephant shaped columns.
Behind the exquisite Ganesh Pol, a gate, are the residential apartments of the Maharaja.
Amongst them, is the Jai Mandir, the hall of victory. It is known for its inlaid
panel and dazzling mirror ceiling.
Sukh Niwas was the pleasurable residence of the Maharaja. For the purpose of cooling the
palace, a channel for water flow was laid in the palace. The palace also has an
ivory inlaid sandalwood door.
The fourth courtyard houses Zenana, the palace of the women. A common corridor connects all the
rooms of the palace. This was done to provide privacy to the Maharaja while
visiting his Queens.