Amer Fort Jaipur
Amber is located
at a distance of 11 kilometers from Jaipur and was the old fort of the Kachhwaha
clan of Amber, which used to be the capital, till it was moved to Jaipur. The
walls and the ceiling of the Mahal are covered with a beautiful array of mirrors,
which reflect any streak of light, so as to illuminate the entire room. Located
9 Kms north west of Jaipur, the Amber Fort was once the Capital of the Minas.
construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh
I, but it was finished by his descendant Jai Singh I. The exterior of the Fort
is not in the least like its interiors. The outside is very imposing and rugged
looking whereas the inside is a comforting and warm interior which is influenced
by both Hindu and Muslim style of ornamentation. On the walls, are paintings depicting
various hunting scenes, and there is also a lot of work on walls, which are covered
with intricate carving, mosaic and minute mirror work that make the halls look
very majestic and imperial.
The fort is built with white marble and red
sandstone and look even more attractive because of the Maota Lake in the foreground.
The fort in itself is a beautiful sight to behold but as one looks on the fort
with its clear reflection on the lake in the front, one cannot help but wonder
if it is a dream or a beautiful illusion.
Amber Fort also called the Amer
Fort is a must-see if you are visiting Rajasthan. The tourists to this fort can
either approach the fort by road or take an elephant ride, which though is quite
slow yet is a lot of fun.