Amber Fort, Jaipur
the capital city of Rajasthan, is known the world over for its exquisite
forts and palaces. These imposing structures are a testimony to the
aesthetic sense that the monarchs of yore had and the luxurious lifestyle
they led. One such structure is the Amber Palace which is situated at Amber,
the one-time capital of the Kachhwaha rulers. Apart from feasting your eyes
and experiencing the stunning architecture, you can also indulge in an
elephant safari which is a major draw for tourists here.
Tourists find it really surprising to know that the Amber Palace was built
over a period of two centuries. The palace was constructed by Raja Mansingh
I, who served as a commander in Mughal emperor Akbar army. Though the
construction began in 1592, it took almost 200 years to finish. The efforts
of Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh finally led to the completion of
this grand edifice.
Those who have developed a taste for art and architecture would surely like
their visit to the Amber Palace. Built in red sandstone and white marble,
the palace typifies the blend of the Mughal and the Hindu architectural
styles. Fine mouldings, intricate carvings and the sculptural work inside
are worth seeing for all.
As you enter the palace complex and start exploring, you will come across
numerous gateways, gardens, halls, stairways, pavillions, temples and
palaces. Dil-e-Aram Garden serves as the entrance to the palace. Once you
are inside the garden, climb up a flight of steps to get to the Diwan-i-Am,
the Hall of Public Audience. The latticed galleries and the sculpted columns
are worth noticing. To your right are steps that take you to the Kali
Temple, dedicated to Goddess Kali.
Next, arrive at the embellished Ganesh Pol to view the emperor's
apartments. The Jai Mandir or the Hall of Victory showcases some nice stucco
work and inlaid panelling. The Diwan-e-Khas, the Hall of the Private
Audience, is also known for its extensive ornamentation.
Other must-see sights inside the complex include the Sheesh Mahal, Sukh
Niwas, Shila Mata Temple and the Kesar Kyari.
from the Amber Palace, the city of Jaipur has a number of other sites that
you should not ignore if you wish to truly soak up the historical charm of
the place. The city offers to see such famous sights as the City Palace,
Hawa Mahal (the Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar (Observatory) and the Sawai
Tourists can undertake an air-journey to Jaipur from cities like Delhi,
Kolkata, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad and Varanasi. Rail routes of
the city link it with all the major destinations of the country. You can
also avail of regular bus services to reach Jaipur from different parts of
the state and other places like Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai.
The palace stands at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur. You can take a bus or
a taxi to reach the Gate of Victory, Amer. From here, a 10-minute steep
climb takes you to the Amber Palace.