Amer Fort Quick Facts
|Jaipur, Rajasthan (India)
|Raja Man Singh I and Sawai Jai Singh
|Fort and Palace
Amer Fort Overview
The Amber Fort is located on the high mountains of the Amer region in Jaipur, the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. This fort is famous all over the world for its artistic style, Sheesh Mahal, and beautiful carvings.
This fort is considered a masterpiece of high quality Mughal architecture and Rajput architectural style. This fort is one of the main tourist places in Jaipur, every year thousands of people come to Rajasthan to see its beauty.
Amer Fort History
Amer Fort fundamentally established in 967 AD by Raja Elaan Singh of Chanda dynasty in Meenas of Rajasthan. The fort you see today was built on the basis of the remains of the old fort in 1592 during the reign of Raja Man Singh I, general of the Mughal army and Kachwaha of Amer. This fort, built by Mansingh by his descendant Jai Singh I, was well expanded.
In the next 150 years, many improvements and expansions were done in the fort by the Kachwaha Rajput kings. In 1727, during the reign of Sawai Jai Singh II, he shifted his capital to the newly built Jaipur city. Before Jaipur, Amber was the capital of the Kachwaha (Maurya) dynasty.
Amer Fort Interesting Facts
- The construction work of this fort started in 1558 by Raja Man Singh I and was completed in 1592.
- This fort has been constructed by mixing red and white marble stones.
- It was named Amerka Fort because of the Ambikeshwar temple built on the hill called the nearby Cheel Ka Tila here.
- The town of Amer is an integral part of this fort and palace and is also its gateway.
- The Town covered 4 sq. km. (4,30,00,000 sq ft) area and has 18 Temples, 3 Jain temples, and 2 Mosques.
- There is also a temple of Shila Mata or Kali Mata, the family deity of the Kachwaha Rajput royal family, on the premises of the fort.
- The Sheesh Mahal built in the Amber Fort is known for its amazing carvings, and it is considered to be the best glass house in the world.
- About 40 pillars have been used to build this palace. Lighting a matchstick inside it lit up the whole palace.
- There is also a Doli Mahal within this fort, which is shaped like a doli (palanquin), which Rajput women used to visit in ancient times.
- There is also a 2 km secret route between Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, through which tourists can go from one fort to another.
- There is also a building named 27 Kachehri inside the fort, which is one of the places of interest here.
- There is also a beautiful lake named Maota in front of this fort, which adds to its glory.
- According to the annual Tourism data given by the Superintendent of the Department of Archeology and Museums, about 5000 tourists visit this fort every day. According to the data received in the year 2007, 14 Lakh tourists had come to visit that year.
- This fort was included in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in June 2013.
- There is a market inside the palace, from where you can buy things made of colorful stones and pearls, apart from handicrafts.
- Many Bollywood movies have also been shot in this fort, including Bajirao Mastani, Mughle Azam, Jodha Akbar, Shuddh Desi Romance, Bhool Bhulaiya, etc. Apart from this some Hollywood movies like North West Frontier, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, etc. The shooting has also been done here.
- The opening time of this fort is from 9 am to 5:00 pm.
- To enter this fort, ordinary Indian citizens have to pay Rs 100 and foreign citizens have to pay Rs 500 as an entry fee. Apart from this, Indian students have to pay Rs 10 and foreign students have to pay Rs 100 as an admission fee.