Amer Fort in  Jaipur

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Amer Fort in Jaipur

Amer fort Jaipur: Jaipur, Rajasthan has three famous forts Amer Fort, Nahargarh Fort and Jaigarh Fort Located 11km from Jaipur, Amer fort is one of the most important tourist’s attraction in Jaipur. It is located in Amer town. Amer Fort was built on a hill with red sandstone and marble. The architecture of the Amer Fort is a blend of Mughals and Hindu Rajputs. The main water source for this fort is Moata Lake which can be viewed from the fort. This fort was built in the year 1592 by Raja Mansingh.  It was declared as UNSECO world heritage site in 2013. The huge and magnificent fort consists of Diwan E Aam, Diwan E khas, Sheesh Mahal and Sukh Niwas. The Moata lake enhances the beauty of the fort. After the sunsets the reflection of the fort in the lake is just magnificent.

Interiors of the Amer Fort Jaipur

The fort has beautiful intricate designs on the walls. The Amer fort has four sections which has its own entry gate and courtyard. The main entry is at Suraj Pol which further leads to Jalebi Chowk. Here usually the army people celebrated their victory after the war. Whatever won in the war was displaced here to have a look at it by the royal women and locals.  Sila Devi temple is located to the right of Jalebi Chowk.  From the Jalebi Chowk one can also directly go to the main palace, but it is recommended to first visit the Sila Devi temple before going to main palace. The main door of the temple is gorgeously covered with silver. There is also a carving of Lord Ganesha which is made from single piece of coral.  Hiring a guide is always recommended otherwise one would miss many intricate details.

Aerial view of Amer Fort

The second courtyard in the Amer Fort  leads to Diwan I Aam or public audience hall where the Maharaja would hear the grievances of the public. As further one proceeds in the  Amer fort  in Jaipur they head to third courtyard which is maharaja’s private quarters and other royal members resided here. This courtyard which is beautiful has two buildings which is separated by Mughal style garden. To the left of the entrance is the Jai Mandir or the sheesh Mahal. The Sheesh Mahal is fully covered with convex mirrors. It was built by Raja Mansingh in 16th century for the royal women. The construction is in such a way that even a single light ray light up the whole Mahal. To the opposite of Jai Mandir is the Sukh Niwas, also known as Hall of Pleasure. The entrance door to this is of the huge sandal wood with ivory inlaid work. The last and the fourth courtyard consisted of living rooms for royal womens mainly Queens and Rajmatha. The rooms in Amer Fort were designed in such a way that Maharaja could visit any queen of his choice without being noticed by other queens.  The tripolia gate means three gates to the palace. One opens at Jalebi Niwas, another at ManSingh Palace and the last one at Zeona Deorhi.

Timings and reaching the Amer Fort-Jaipur

One should wait till evening to see the sound and the light show that takes place at the palace even today. The timings of the fort are from 9:30-4:30. Best time to visit Jaipur is from October- March. Since the fort is very huge, one may spend half a day in Amer fort. Tourists need to keep hydrating themselves. Jaipur can be reached by road from Delhi and nearby places. Travelling in Jaipur is convenient and easy. Some other important tourist destination places in Jaipur are Hawa Mahal, city palace, Jantar Mantar.

Amer Fort entrance