Amer Palace (also known as Amer Fort, Amber Fort) is located 11 kilometres from Jaipur in Rajasthan. Located high on a hill, it is the principal tourist attractions in the Jaipur area.
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.
Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. It consists of the Diwan-e-Aam, or “Hall of Public Audience”, the Diwan-e-Khas, or “Hall of Private Audience”, the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Palace, and the Sukh Niwas where a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace.
The palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families. At the entrance to the palace near the fort’s Ganesh Gate, there is a temple dedicated to Sila Devi, a goddess of the Chaitanya cult, which was given to Raja Man Singh when he defeated the Raja of Jessore, Bengal in 1604.
One of the highlights of a visit to the stunning Amer Palace is the chance to ride an elephant up the hill to the main entrance. These wonderful animals are decorated with traditional painted patterns and effortlessly transport visitors up the steep slope to the fort.
Text credit: Jaipur Travel Guide, Wikipedia Photo credits: Beverley Bloxham