Amber Palace in Jaipur
Where is the Amber Palace?
Amber Palace is located at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. It was the former capital of the Kacchwaha Rajputs. The Amber Fort is a major attraction in the city of Jaipur. Tourists can enter the fort by riding an elephant to the splendid Singh Pol gateway.
How will you gain access?
The Sanganer Airport (11 km from the City center) is the closest airport. There are direct flight services to places like Delhi, Mumbai, Udaipur, Jodhpur, and Aurangabad. By rail-route, the city of Jaipur has links with Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad, Agra, Lucknow, Mumbai, Chennai, and Kolkata. The Delhi-Jaipur National Highway is counted among the finest roads in the country. The Rajasthan Roadways runs AC and deluxe coaches from Delhi.
What are the timings and the entry charges?
The Amber Palace remains open from 09-30 to 16-30 hours. For Indians, the entry fee is Rs 10, while for the foreign nationals an amount of Rs 50 is charged.
What does the past say?
The army commander of the Mughal Army, Raja Man Singh I began the construction of the Amber Palace in the year 1592. Later Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh finished the construction of the palace.
What goes behind the architecture?
The Amber Palace is built in red sandstone and white marble, symbolizing a wonderful combination of the Hindu and the Mughal architecture. The fort complex constitutes gateways, gardens, halls, stairways, pillared pavilions, temples, and palaces. Some of the monuments inside the complex include Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, and Kali Temple. The gigantic battlements, exquisite towers, and the defensive structures of the fort are worth exploring. The Ganesha Pol is a massive gateway, decorated with paintings of the elephant-headed god Ganesha. There is the formal garden of Charbagh that is worth a visit. The Sukh Niwas and the Jagmandir Apartments are beautiful examples of the fusion of the Rajput and the Mughal architecture.
What are the nearby attractions?
The Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is a five-story structure, consisting of tiny windows, arched roofs and balconies. It was erected for the royal ladies to watch the processions and other numerous activities in the streets.
The City Palace is a wonderful combination of the Rajasthani and the Mughal architecture. The complex has a number of buildings, gardens, and courtyards inside.
The Jantar Mantar or the observatory was built by Sawai Jai Singh in the year 1728. The scientific instruments or the Yantras were built to measure the local time, the sun’s declination, azimuth and altitude, the declination of fixed stars and planets and to determine eclipses.
Gaitor lies at a distance of 8 km from Jaipur. There are a number of cenotaphs of the members of the royal family. These cenotaphs or Chhatris stand in a garden at the base of the Nahargarh Hills. The white-marble cenotaph of Sawai Jai Singh II is one of the most beautiful.