Amber Fort - Jaipur
Amber derives its name from Ambikashwar, a title of Shiva or from Ambarisha. The oldest inscription found here dates back from 954 A.D. The place was once under the hold of the Mina tribe from whom it was wrested by the Kachhawaha Rajputs in the 11th century.
The sprawling Amber Fort is a typical example of what the lives of our gallant Rajputs were like militant, adventurous, temperamental and also self-indulgent.
Amber set in picturesque location, Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside.
Location and Architecture of Amber Fort
Amber fort is surrounded by chaotic masses of hills of various heights. The adjoining hilly terrain is full of forest and provides ample opportunity of defense. The ascent to the fort leads to the first gate thrown across this way.
After crossing the second gate the way is bifurcated, one is leading upward on the right side with a slight ascent. The other goes direct to the small fortified castle called Jaigarh. At some distance from the bifurcation of the path, there stands a gate through which the ascending path leads to jaigarh.
Amber Fort Attractions
Amber fort was built in red sandstone and white marble. The palace complex has some very interesting apartments, the likes of which are not to be found anywhere else in the country. Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal, Sukh Niwas, Ganesh Pol are some of the prominent areas of interest.
On one bastion of this fort called Deewa Burj a high tower stands which was previously used as search light house, indicating location of the Fort.
The Entrance to the great courtyard on the lower terrace of the palace is through an imposing archway. Both sides are covered with the bases of Palaces and barracks. The royal Palace on the left extremity of the enclosure is approached by a long flight of steps through a double gate-way, called Singh Pol, which opens in to Court of Diwan-i-Am. The kali temple is situated behind this pol. The silver plate studded doors of the temple built of white marble is an admirable piece of great beauty.
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