Magnificence on the Hills: Amer Fort

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” .

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Maota Lake and Garden

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. fotor_144845023877791.jpg

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Ganesh Pol Entrance

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Diwan-E-Aam
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Lattice designs on Pillars
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Sheesh Mahal
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Intricate work on Sheesh Mahal walls

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Man Singh Palace

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!

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View from the Fort

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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 !

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38 thoughts on “Magnificence on the Hills: Amer Fort

  1. Aishwarya… Your pictures of Amer Palace is simply WOW!! The best I have ever seen… With golden hues, it looks magical!! Good to have come across your blog! Btw, which camera do you use, just out of curiosity!! 🙂

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    1. Thanks a ton Arv for those kind words, had a jolly good time clicking this iconic fort in such beautiful weather ! And its only my humble Moto G2 smartphone that does the work for now 🙂 . Btw loved your city no end and would be visiting again soon to cover the remaining famous spots!

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      1. It’s really a surprise that you clicked them with mobile phone. do venture out to discover the offbeat places too, during your next trip to jaipur ! There’s lot to discover in Jaipur!

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  2. ” 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!”

    I love to see ancient architecture and always wonder this very same thing! It’s one thing to daydream about the opulently lived lives that dwelled there, but a whole other plane when you think about the blood, sweat and often death that accompanies the building of these places! Amazing photos. Putting this on my “F*ck it” List. (This is the list where I say to myself F-it, I’m going there next!

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    1. You just hit the right notes there, that very thought has kept me hooked since my return from the fort ! Thanks a lot for your compliment and so glad this post could add one place to your F-List 🙂 You are going to love Jaipur as much as I did 🙂

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      1. My oldest son was born in India so I am always interested in things Indian. He was brought home at 5 months old. (He’s adopted.)One day we will get there, in the meantime, I can visit through blogs such as yours.

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