Amber Fort, Jaipur

1 - Fort Reflected in Tank

The Amber Fort, reflected in Maota Lake. The entrance to the fort – the Suraj Pol, or “Sun Gate” – is to the right.

The Amber Fort, also known as the Amer Fort, is the ancestral seat of the Maharajas of Jaipur. The fort is not named for its colour, but for the town it sits in, called Amer.

Perched impossibly on a hill-top, it presents a stunning vista when juxtaposed against the azure-blue skies of Rajasthan.  The historic and most evocative way to reach it is by elephant, though certainly, visitors arriving by car can also access the fort today.

The fort as it stands was first built in the late 1500s, in the reign of Raja Man Singh I. It would be occupied for just under 200 years. By 1727, under the reign of Sawai Jai Singh II, the capital of the region was moved to the city of Jaipur (“Jai’s City”). A shortage of water and a difficulty of access made it necessary for the move.

The Fort is primarily made of sandstone. It is laid out in a series of four courtyards that become increasingly private. While it is no longer occupied, it continues to remain immaculately restored and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with five other hill forts of Rajasthan.

This gallery takes one through the key sights.

2 - Rest of Fort

View of the ramparts of the Amber Fort. To the right is a viewing platform that is part of the Diwan-e-am, or Hall of Public Audience.

3 - View Diwan e Am

Elephants winding up the path to the Fort. In the background is Maota Lake with the Kesar Kyari Bagh – a man-made island that houses a spice garden.

4 - Elephant at the Entrance

The Suraj Pol (“Sun Gate”) is the Eastern gate into the Fort. Through the gate can be seen the Jaleb Chowk, the First Courtyard, which was a courtyard for public events.

5 - First Courtyard

Overview of the Jaleb Chowk.

6 - Heading Up

View towards Singh Pol, the gates to the second courtyard.

7 - HEading Up

Singh Pol.

8 - Back of Entrance

The back of Singh Pol. Note the Mughal style decoration.

9 - Diwan e Am Inside

The Diwan-e-Am, or Hall of Public Audience, where the Raja held audiences with the public.

10 - Diwan e Am Elephant

Close-up of the elephant head capitals of one of the pillars, Diwan-e-Am.

11 - Diwan e Am Other

Viewing gallery, Diwan-e-Am. The archway is in Rajput-style architecture, fusing elements of Mughal with local Hindu.

12 - Ganesh Pol

The stunning Ganesh Pol takes one into the third courtyard.

13 - Ganesh Pol Details

The Ganesh Gate is so-called because of this exquisite portrait of Ganesh. The gate itself is an eclectic mix of Mughal and Hindu, with muqarnas as well as lotus flowers.

14 - Jaigarh Fort

View of Jaigarh Fort from the top of Ganesh Pol.

15 - Third Courtyard

The third courtyard consists of the private quarters of the Maharaja and his family. In the foreground is the Aram Bagh or pleasure gardens, to the right is the Sukh Niwas. In the background is Jaigarh Fort.

16 - Sukh Niwas

The Sukh Niwas, or Hall of Pleasure. Note the Rajput-style arches.

17 - Sukh Niwas detail

Detail of Sukh Niwas interior walls, decorated in marble with inlay work, demonstrating eclectic Rajput style which fused elements of Indo-Persian (Mughal) style with local elements.

18 - Sheesh MAhal view

The Sheesh Mahal (“Palace of Mirrors”) sits across from the Sukh Niwas. It is exquisitely ornamented with glass inlaid panels.

19 - Sheesh Mahal Conservation

Restoration works in progress, Sheesh Mahal.

20 - Sheesh Mahal Detail

Detail of one glass-inlaid panel, Sheesh Mahal.

21 - Sheesh Mahal Ceiling

The stunning ceiling, Sheesh Mahal.

22 - Fourth Courtyard

The fourth courtyard holds the zenana, or harem, where the Maharani, concubines and other women lived. To the left is the Baradari pavilion, used for meetings with the Maharanis.

23 - Zenana Detail

Close-up for the living quarters of the zenana.

24 - Ganesh Pol I

And finally, a backward glance at the Ganesh Pol.

About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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