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Amer Fort, Jaipur

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One of the most magnificent destinations in Jaipur, on the rugged hills outside of town sits Amer Fort. (Amber Fort). It is an example of fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture built in red sandstone and white marble. The highlight of the fort is the Seesh Mahal (mirror Palace), a palace known for its craftsmanship in mirrors. Amber is the classic romantic Rajasthanfort palace. Amber was the ancient capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs until Sawai Jai Singh II moved down the hill to his newly created capital, Jaipur. This is one of the most magnificent destinations located on the hills just outside Jaipur. It was built by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD and completed by Sawai Jai Singh in the 18th century. Visitors riding painted elephants can ascend to the Fort to see magnificent gateways, courtyards, pavilions, and a glittering chamber of inlaid mirrors. It also locates in itself large ramparts, terraces and pavilions. The hill can be conquered by foot, by jeep and by elephant. Painted scenes of hunting and war adorn the walls with precious stones and mirrors set into the plaster. In the foreground is the Maota Lake with breathtaking reflections of the magnificent Amber Fort Palace.

Attractions Around : An elegant temple of Shila Mata is situated inside the palace complex, whose image was brought from Jessore in Lower Bengal (Now in Bangladesh) by Raja Man Singh. It draws thousands of devotees who come here for Mother Goddess’ blessings. The front courtyard of the complex, is adorned with the magnificent, pillared hall of the Diwan - i - Aam, and the two - tiered painted gateway Ganesh Pol. The Jas Mandir, perched on the upper floor, is a superb amalgam of Mughal and Rajput style of architecture. It has exquisite carved Jali screens, and fine mirror and stucco work.
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