AMBER FORT- JAIPUR
Amber Fort of Jaipur is an example of growing clout of Kachhwaha Rajput kings of erstwhile Jaipur state in Mughal court. Instead of resisting the Mughal, the Kachhwaha Rajput kings of Jaipur established cordial relations with them and hence protected their state from the war related ravages. As a result, Amber Fort displays a blend of Rajput and Mughal architectural styles. Amber Fort has now-a-days emerged as prime tourist attraction of Jaipur and Rajasthan. Maharaja-like caparisoned elephant ride adds charm to the visit of Amber Fort. Well kept fort of Amber plays a vital role in Rajasthan tourism.
Amber, 11 kms from Jaipur, was the erstwhile capital of the state Amber Fort's construction was started by Kachhwaha king Man Singh-I in 1592 but the construction of this rugged-looking and imposing structure was completed by Jai Singh-I. Paintings on walls, intricate carvings, intricately carved latticed windows, marble palace, pillared halls, imposing towers and walls, Sheesh Mahal, exquisitely painted doorways etc are reminiscent of representative Rajput architectural finesse. At the entrance of the fort, adjoining the palace is a temple of the deity of the Kachhwaha ruling clan. The deity is called Shila Devi (Kali). This temple is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory.
This majestic and imperial fort is constructed of red sandstones and marble. It is protected by and embellished with Maota Lake in the foreground. The visit of Amber Fort becomes special when one climbs up to the entrance gateway atop a hillock on richly decorated and caparisoned elephant. This makes one feel like a king. Most of the visitors enjoy this elephant ride at Amber Fort, Jaipur.