Amber, was the capital of kachhwaha’s of the old state of dhundhar, for over six centuries, before the birth of jaipur. The mighty amber fort stands atop a range of craggy hills, about 11 kms. From jaipur city, overlooking the jaipur-delhi highway. The fort also noted for its sturdy battlements and beautiful palaces is a fine blend of rajput and mughal architectural stytles. He original palace was built by raja man singh, while the successive rulers contributed to the development of the place in their own way. Most of their contribution of works has with time eroded off or remains in ruins. The entrance to the fort is very steep and leads to the grand singh pol (Lion Gate) gateway and the jaleb chowk. Within the jaleb chowk are two flight of steps, one leading to the shilxa mata temple and the other to the main palace complex. The beautiful amber palace complex is approached through an imposing gateway called as ‘Ganesh Pol’. The palace has magnificent halls, pavilions, gardens and temples built by raja man singh, mirza raja jai singh and sawai jai singh, built over a span of about two centuries. The main sites here includes, diwan-i-am or the ‘Hall for the Public Audiences’, sukh niwas or the ‘Hall of Pleasure’, jai mandir or the ‘Hall of Victory’, sheesh mahal or ‘Hall of Mirrors’, Diwan-i-Khas or the ‘Private Meeting Hall’ and jas mandir or ‘Hall of Glory’ etc.
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