AMBER FORT, JAIPUR
Amber was once,
the capital of the Mina tribes, believed to be the original
inhabitants of this region. Located up on the hills that surround
Jaipur, the fort, sprawled along the Maotha Lake, boasts of
a massive complex gateways, courts, stairways and pillared
pavilions, and palaces that recall the glory and wealth, of
Amber's association with the Mughals. This complex was built
by Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh,
over a period of about two centuries.
The front courtyard of the complex, is adorned with the magnificent,
pillared hall of the Diwan - i - Am, and the two - tiered
painted gateway Ganesh Pol. The palace of mirrors, Sheesh
Mahal, is of special interest. It has walls inlaid with exquisite
mirrors. The Jas Mandir, perched on the upper floor, is a
superb amalgam of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture,
as is evident from the exquisitely carved Jali screens, and
fine mirror and stucco work.
There are a lot of attractions near Jaipur, and on the Jaipur
- Amber road. About 11 kilometres out of Jaipur, Amber was
once the ancient capital of Rajasthan. The Amber Fort is a
stunning piece of Rajput architecture.
The Cenotaphs of the royal family are at Gaitore, 6.5 kilometres
from Jaipur, on the road to Amber. Opposite the Cenotaphs,
is the Jal Mahal Palace, in the middle of a lake, and reached
by a causeway. Nahargarh Fort is 6.5 km away, and is floodlit
at night. Jaigarh Fort, built in 1726, is within walking distance
About 50 km north of Jaipur, is the small village of Samode.
The beautiful Samode palace, located in the village, is worth
a visit. Other places of interest to the tourist are, the
Temple of Sun God at Galta, Sisodia Rani palace and gardens,
Vidyadhar's garden, Balaji and Sanganer.
How to Get There
Air: Jaipur is connected to Delhi,
Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Aurangabad, Calcutta and Varanasi
by domestic flights.
Bus: Jaipur can be accessed from all the major places
in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi and Mumbai by bus.
Train: The train service to Jaipur
is available from all the major parts of the country. The
train services to Jaipur are slower, because of the metre