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Intricate details and patterns clad the façade of Amer Fort in Rajasthan, India. Located 11 kilometers from Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, the magnificent Fort is located on a high hill. The hill creates an atmosphere of importance while providing the fort with a better vantage point of its surrounding.
The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas and was the capital of the state before it was relocated to Jaipur. It was later ruled by Raja Man Singh who ordered the construction of the fort in 1592. The fort was home to the Rajput Maharajas and their families over the centuries and is commonly referred to as the Amer Palace. Throughout the years, turmoil or age had led to the destruction or replacement of some portions of the Fort, but for the most part, it has withstood the test of time.
Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the opulent palace boasts four levels, each with its own courtyard. The Fort is specifically revered for its artistically styled Hindu and Muslim elements. Large ramparts and a series of gates and cobbled paths overlook Maota Lake, which is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.
Among the rooms are the magnificent Diwan-i-Aam, or “”Hall of Public Audience””, the Diwan-i-Khas, or “”Hall of Private Audience””, the Sheesh Mahal “mirror palace”, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that are directed to blow over a water cascade within the palace.
Nearby is another famous fort referred to as the Jaigarh Fort. The Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort are considered as one complex because the two buildings are connected by a subterranean passage. This passage was utilized as an escape route in times of war to enable the royal family members and others in the Amer Fort to shift to the more influential and fortified Jaigarh Fort.
At the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 2013, Amer Fort, along with five other forts of Rajasthan, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. Today it hosts up to 5,000 visitors every day and is noted as the main attraction in the area.Know more? Share with us!
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