A visit to the “Pink City-Jaipur” for my friends’ wedding turned out to be feast for the eyes, thanks to this 16th century creation on the Aravallis , on-route the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013, Amer Fort is the epitome of opulence and grandeur, descriptors often associated with the forts of Rajasthan. The view is scenic, with the vast blue sky and huge sandstone ramparts overlooking the picturesque Maota Lake (source of water for the palace). Amer derives its name from the nearby “Ambikeshwar Temple” .
The fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1592 and had been home to Rajput kings of the Kachwaha dynasty for centuries . The key attractions include the Diwan-E-Khas, Diwan-E-Aam (House of Public Hearing), Ganesh Pol, Sitala Devi Temple, Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors), Turkish Hamam (Baths) and Sukh Niwas.
Walking along the cobbled pathways and gazing at the imposing fort palace, I got a sense of the royalty in those days. But more so, a deep appreciation for the architects, builders and people who labored years together to create this marvel on the steep, undulating slopes of Aravallis. Who were they? How did they manage to construct this , brick-by-brick in the most arid region of the country? Often history writes about the victors and losers, but says precious little about those who created the relics using which we discover and study history!
Amer Fort is one monumental marvel which will evoke in many a feeling of awe and in some a fire to discover more about the endless “pasts” that India has evolved with in the last 2 millenia !