Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is one of the most popular tourist destination in India. Not only there are a lot of beautiful tourist attractions in Jaipur but there are also some very popular shopping markets in Jaipur. Most of the tourists who come to visit Jaipur also try to visit the wonderful Golden Triangle(Agra-Delhi-Jaipur). Today, we will tell you about the beautiful Amber Fort which is the most visited tourist place in Jaipur.
Amber Fort or Amer Fort is situated in a small town Amer(with an area of 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi) at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan. It is known to be one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jaipur. Amber fort is located on a high hill and was built by Raja Man Singh I. Amber for is quite popular for its artistic style, which exhibits both Hindu and Rajput elements. Having large ramparts and a series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks the Maota Lake, at its forefront.
Amber Fort was constructed by ‘Raja Shri Maan Singh JI Saheb’ (Maan Singh I) in 16th Century. Man Singh was known to be one of the trusted general of the great Emperor Akbar. Man Singh was included among the ‘Navaratnas’, or the 9 (nava) gems (ratna) of the royal court by Akbar. Man Singh started with the construction of a fortress-palace of white and red sandstone i.e. Amber Fort in 1592. He was known as the Kacchwaha (Rajput) of King of Amber, a state which was later known as Jaipur. Near Amber Fort he set a small temple devoted to ‘Sheela Mata’, his patron goddess.
Diwaan-e-Aam and Diwaan-e-Khaas
Diwan-e-Aam or the ‘Hall of Public Audience’ is a beautiful hall which is standing on 2 rows of ornamented pillars that opens up on 3 sides. People say that king used to hear about needs and complaints of General public from Diwan-e-Aam.
‘Diwan e-Khaas’ or the ‘Hall of Private Audience’ has beautiful and delicate mosaic work in glass. This hall was used by the king to meet special guests from other states, ministers, and his friends.
Sukh Niwaas (Sukh Mandir)
Sukh Niwaas, which is located just opposite to ‘Diwaan-e-Khaas’ has doors made of sandal wood and ivory. There is a channel running through the hall, which which used to carry cool water that worked as an air cooler, with the aid of breeze. In this lovely and artistic hall cool climate was artificially created. For Sukh Niwas, it is said that the kings used to spend time here with their queens and sometimes with their mistresses and for this reason it is known as the residence of pleasure or pleasurable residence in English.
The Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) is undoubtedly the most famous and beautiful portion of Amber Fort. The song of the famous bollywood Classic Film ‘Mughal-E-Azam’ i.e. “pyaar kiya toh darna kya” was shot in Sheesh Mahal. That song was filmed beautifully but all the credit goes to the beauty of Sheesh mahal. The Walls and ceiling of Sheesh Mahal is carved with beautiful paintings and flowers and that too made with pure glass.
The reason why this hall was made up of glass was that in ancient days the queen was not allowed to sleep in open air but she used to love to see the stars shining. For this reason the king ordered his architects to make something which could solve the purpose. The most amazing fact about this hall is that if someone burns two candles, then the reflection converts that small light into thousand of stars. Do not miss the ‘magic flower’ fresco in Sheesh Mahal.
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Light and Sound Show
Now you can Witness the history of famous Amber Fort (Amer Fort) which is brought to life during an amazing cultural performance – the Amber Fort Light and Sound Show. To reach the Amber Light and Sound Show venue, From Jaipur, head to nearby Amber Fort to watch a mind blowing spectacle mixing music, sound, light and folklore narratives to paint the unique story of the 600-year-old royal fort. Know about the history of the town of Amer, its traditions and the grand lifestyle of the royal family. After the show, enjoy a delectable dinner at a popular restaurant in Jaipur that serves traditional Indian, Chinese and local Rajasthani cuisine.
|Sound & Light Show at Jantar Mantar (The Observatory), Near City Palace, Jaipur|
|Sound & Light Show, Akbari Quiila, Ajmer|
How to Reach ?
By Jeep (Up and Down)
Rs.350(Jeep Tickets) + Rs.30(Parking) = Rs.380 full jeep
By Elephant Ride
Rs.800 Up(Only One Side)
For Indian Tourists : Rs.100 per person
For Foreign Tourists : Rs.200 per person
For Indian Students : Rs.10 per person
For Foreign Students : Rs.100 per person
Audio Guide Ticket Price
- Guide : Rs.200 per person
- Audio Guide Hindi/other : Rs.100/Rs.150 per person
Light and Sound Show : Rs.100(Hindi), Rs.200(English)
Opening hours : 8 am – 6 pm
Last Entry : 5.30 pm
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