I am learning day by day about Indian history. Our families always talk about castles and royal palaces. I have been to some of them. I didn’t have a chance to visit see some of the enchanted Palaces. I love to hear about and learn new things about India.
According to the Wiki,” Amber Fort or Amer Fort, in Jaipur Rajasthan, India. The town of Amer was originally built by Meenas, and later it was ruled by Raja Man Singh I (December 21, 1550 – July 6, 1614). Amer Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements. With its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths, the fort overlooks Maota Lake, which is the main source of water for the Amer Palace.
Amber is derived from Ambarisha, the king of Ayodhya; its full name was Ambarikhanera, but that was later contracted to Ambiner or Amber. The official name is Amer.
Amer Fort is in Amer town of Jaipur district. Amer fort is 11 km away from the walled city of Jaipur in the valley of Aravali hills.
Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-i-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-i-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), or Jai Mandir, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace. Hence, the Amer Fort is also popularly known as the Amer Palace. The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families”.
The entire structure took over 120 years to be built, with succeeding emperors Raja Jai Singh I and Jaipur’s founder, Sawai Jai Singh II, taking over the construction efforts. The newly formed Jaipur replaced Amber as the capital of the Rajput kingdom, but Amber and its namesake fort would continue to dominate the landscape.
It is said that the palace’s mirrors would reflect the natural light from outside and illuminate everything inside. Even after centuries, this place is still as breathtakingly beautiful as it was before. The Hall of Mirrors in this palace, another incredible place to observe, could be illuminated entirely with just one candle.
A particular attraction here is the “magic flower” fresco carved in marble which has seven unique designs of fish tail, a lotus, a hooded cobra, an elephant trunk, a lion’s tail, a cob of corn and a scorpion.
The Amber Fort crowns a rocky hill amidst picturesque surroundings. Approached through a narrow cleft in the rocky Aravalli Hills, it surmounts a steep cliff, its towers and white walls reflected in a small lake, its long, russet-gold ramparts snaking up the cliff and along the summit. Its terrace and embattled ramparts are reflected in the pretty Maota Lake, making it look like a magic castle in a fairyland:)