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Amber Fort , An Awesome Fort Complex in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Amber Fort, also known as Amber Palace11 kilometers from Jaipur, is one of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. This fort depicts true royal lifestyle of the Rajputs, who are known for their decadent, radical and volatile behaviour. The Amber Palace is a perfect fusion of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is one of best place to visit but you need a good guide otherwise you will not get to know stories and meanings of different things, their history, legacy the architecture, concepts etc. It is clean and full of tourists in all seasons of the year

History

It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. Establishment of this fort was done in 16th century and was initiated during the reign of Raja Man SinghMaharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, the founder and the ruler of Jaipur city under his resign the fort was personalized. Construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I in the year 1592. The Amber fort was built by Raja Man Singh in the 16th century and was completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th Century. Amber Fort was completed within two centuries by consistence efforts of three consequent kings following Raja Man Singh.
Major attractions of Amer are : Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khaas, Ganesh Pol, Jaleb Chowk, Singh Pol, Jai Mandir, Yash Mandir, Sukh Mandir, Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors), Suhag Mandir, Shila Devi Temple, Bhool Bhulaiya, and Zanana Dyodhi .

Architecture

This magnificent fort is largely made up of a royal palace, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, and divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard. Upon arrival at the fort you will have the option of making your way up to the gate by way of elephant or walking. To make your trip more spectacular and memorable one, elephant safari will be the best and it provides a royal feeling as well. The main entry to the fort is through the 'Suraj Pol' or Sun Gate which opens up into the main courtyard. This east-facing gate is also the main entrance to the palace and its position with respect to the rising sun is the source of its name. Inside, you'll find palaces such as the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors) that are breath-takingly beautiful. The fabulous Sheesh-Mahal is decorated with thousands of pieces of pure glass. The reason for this being that the Queen was not allowed to sleep in the open air, so the Maharaja had her room built in glass so she could still watch the stars at night. There are courtyards and gardens which give it more of a feeling of being a palace then a fortress.

The fort's architecture is very interesting and you spend hours exploring rooms and galleries across the fort. There are shops towards exit where you can buy souvenirs on your way back.