Having been based in Jaipur, Rajasthan for countless years now, my love for its forts, historical monuments and heritage sites is evident. I was born and brought up here and even at the age of
42, I am greatly familiar with the streets and palaces in my city.
Moreover, I even turn into a full-fledged guide for our relatives who visit us very often during summer breaks and Christmas holidays. They usually make month-long trips to Rajasthan from as far as Chennai, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh to neighbouring states like Maharashtra, Delhi and Gujarat as well.
Just on their behest, I arrange for lavish city tours and it greatly comprises of my favourites --- forts, historical monuments, palaces, tombs, temples, and various other sorts of prestigious buildings that are synonymous with Rajasthan even now.
I unforgettably make it a point to include the Amer Fort in every excursions of ours. This is because the heritage site lures me and attracts me every now and then. It is sleek, impressive architectural and above all, carries great importance as far as history and cultures are concerned.
The Amer Fort is one of a kind. It is one of the most terrific and highly impressive forts of Rajasthan. Built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh, the Amer Fort is still popularly known as Amer Palace. It
was the capital of Rajasthan before Jaipur.
It is worth noticing that the Amer Palace mirrors influences of both Hindu as well as Muslim architecture. So, visitors are ought to be surprised to see the dome-like structures as well as minaret-kind of pillars that encompass this awe-inspiring fort of the royals.
Interestingly, the Amer Fort can be categorized into four parts and each one has its own separate entrance. While Suraj Pol or Sun Gate opens into the main courtyard, the Sila Devi temple is right at the main palace grounds.
The second courtyard is famous for its Diwan-i-Aam, Sheesh Mahal, and Sukh Mahal. Magic Flower -- a fresco carved out of pure white marble -- is one of the main attractions of this place. The very famous Jaleb Chowk is one of the most famous courtyards of the Amer Fort.
Reaching the Amer Fort requires a bit expertise in trekking. A 10-minute hike up the mountain is just something that costs to view the breathtaking landscape of Amer Fort. I usually advise my relatives to experience the short but amazing elephant ride up the mountain.