In 16th-century, Amer fortress was built by the Meena’s and in the long run whole Amer state was controlled by Raja Man Singh. In addition, the castle has been recorded by the WMF as one of the 100 endangered locales on the planet. Hence, this Fort was on my sightseeing list for quite a while! The fortress is situated high on a slope, around 11 kilometres from Jaipur and is an essential point of interest of the city. The Palace invites you to the excellent residence of the previous lords and rulers! The huge palisades, plentiful perspective of the Maota Lake, arrangement of doors, cobbled pathways and the fine art is entrancing. This lavish castle is formed in red sandstone and marble, and stands tall on four levels, with each level flaunting its own particular patio.
Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas at Amer Fort
This Fort was at one time the living arrangement of the Rajput Maharajas and royal families. This royal residence, alongside Jaigarh Fort, is situated over the Hill of Eagles of the Aravalli range. Also, both the fortifications are associated by a subterranean passage. The palace represents an excellent blend of the antiquated Rajput styled Indian engineering and muslim styled ornamentation. The carvings on the roof, pictures of rulers, remarkable dividers, old hunting related works of art are all spectacular. The main entry to the fort is through the east-bound Sun Gate which opens up into the principle courtyard.
There are many buildings inside the fort, however the most essential ones are the ‘Diwan-e-Aam’, Sukh Mandir, Jai Mandir, Sheesh Mahal and Diwan-i-Khas. Diwan-i-Aam is the hall of public Audience and Diwan-i-Khas is the hall of private audience. The Sheesh Mahal is the mirror palace, where the mirror mosaics and coloured glass appear like a glittering jewel box in the daytime. While the Jai Mandir and the Sukh Niwas flaunt an architecture supported by artificial climate control. A cool weather is artificially created by winds, that blow over a water cascade inside the palace. Fascinating huh? Well the architects in ancient times did think their architecture well ahead in time.
I always wonder how did they even conclude this kind of accuracy without attending engineering schools. In fact, the architects also placed the ‘Magic Flower’, in one of these beautiful courtyards. It’s a fresco carved out of marble and a famous spot for pictures.
What is the Best Time to Visit the Amer Fort
The doors of the Fort remain opened between 8 AM – 6 PM for visitation. (office contact: 0141-2530293) The light show begins at 7.30 PM in english, followed by a hindi version at 8PM. Moreover, if you are visiting during day time, you can enjoy the Elephant ride from 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Indians can visit the palace for INR 25, although NRI’s pay INR 550 for the same experience. International students get a discount, and they only have to pay INR 100 to get inside. Indian students on the contrary pay INR 10. Likewise, the light show in english will cost you INR 200 and the same in hindi is for INR 100. The Elephant ride comes for a fixed price of INR 1100 whether you choose to ride single or with your partner.
Almost 2 million tourists visit this palace annually. Not to mention, Amer Fort is an UNESCO World Heritage site as well! Therefore, I recommend all of you to come and visit this unique world of heritage. Also, try the authentic Rajasthani thali at one of the restaurants post your palace visit. For bizarre reasons, that completes the trip in the utmost authentic Rajasthani style. I wouldn’t stop you from purchasing bangles from local vendors and ‘chunari’ from candid stores.