India is the land of diversity, where you can see the glimpses of history and the technical hubs, the mighty mountains and the deep and endless oceans. It depends absolutely on your own fancies, to plan a trip in India. But if you plan to visit the historical places of India, on a holiday, you ought to look at some of the best options on your way.
For this particular category you must not miss out on Rajasthan, a princely state in the western region of the subcontinent, whose deserts, forts, palaces, crafts, culture, everything is extremely unique. The state has many palatial buildings and structures that will take you on a journey to the history when the Rajput kings used to rule the state in their full pomp and splendor. The Amber Fort or the Amer Fort, is a living example of this splendor, which is one of the top 10 forts and palaces of the country.
The beautiful fort, located 11 kilometers away from Jaipur, on a hill top, in the town of Amer, is a Rajput fort, where the Rajput kings used to live once. The fort provides views of the Maota lake. It has been a property of the Kachwaha rulers of Rajasthan.
Beginning in late 16th century, the Fort has been built by many kings, as time and again it has been renovated and added upon, by the coming kings, so Mirja Raja Jai Singh I, Raja Man Singh and Sawai Jai Singh, all have contributed into the building that we now know as Amber Fort or Amber Palace.
The building is a grand structure built on a hill top, in red sandstone and white marble, and with exquisite work of interior designing . The walls, ceilings, wooden gates, the pillars, the panels, the domes, all contribute to the aesthetic value of the Palace. It has been constructed in a Hindu Rajput design. The various sections of the Palace are intricately designed and patterned, while gardens, balconies, courtyards make a huge part of the fort.
The Palace has huge courtyards, divided into four differently numbered courtyards for tourists' ease. First courtyard leads to the private areas of the palace through the Ganesh Pol or Ganesh Gate, Second courtyard leads to the Diwan- i -Aam, third leads to the private chambers of the kings and their family members, while fourth courtyard is in the zenana area of the palace, where women folk of the household used to live.
The Flower Fresco
One very beautiful and important element of the design on the royal walls of the palace is a flower pattern of the fresco, which has been constructed on the marble of one of the pillars. The fresco is very artistic and shows many figures, when seen from various angles.
Palace of Man Singh
One of the oldest part of the palace, this lies in the third courtyard area. It has a pillared pavilion, frescoes, colorful tiles decorating various rooms, and the best part of this palace is that the exit from here leads straight to the Amer village where you can have an Eco tour.
There is a huge sprawling garden in the palace, between Jai Mandir and Sukh Niwas from the east and West respectively, and is a beautiful Mughal styled garden. Its hexagonal design is well connected to water sources and also has a beautiful fountain.
The Majestic Gates
One of the gates in the palace, Tripolia Gate is quite a unique asset in its own, as it opens ways to three directions, towards Jaleb Chawk, Man Singh Palace and towards zenana. This gate provides an access from the west of the town, though the Lion Gate is the main gate, which leads to the private and internal parts of the palace. These two gates guarded the palace during historical times, and now welcome the tourists to behold a majestic piece of art.
Important facts about the Fort:
· The etymology of the fort could be traced from the name of the Mother Goddess, Amba.
· The entire town of Amer has been acknowledged as a heritage town.
· The palace has been declared as one of the 100 endangered sites of the world, by the World Monument Fund.
· During a film shoot, the unit made several damages to the fort, including 500 year old canopy, the old lime stone roof of the section Chand Mahal, and dug huge holes in the Jaleb Chawk area.
· Before the Kachwahas, the fort was believed to be a property of Meenas of Rajasthan.