Founded by Raja Alan Singh of Chanda clan of Meena, Amber Fort or Amar Fort was a flourishing settlement as far back as in the tenth century. Much of the present structure, known as Amber Fort, is actually the palace built by Raja Man Singh I who ruled from 1590 – 1614.

The Amber Fort, which was named after Goddess Amba, contains several spectacular buildings such as the Diwan-i-Khas and the elaborately painted Ganesh Pool built by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I (Man Singh I’s grandson). The famous Sheesh Mahal, adorned with numerous mirror tiles on its walls and ceiling, is a part of this Fort.

The old and original fort of Amber dating from earlier Meena period is what is known in the present day as Jaigarh fort. This Jaigarh Fort is actually the main defensive structure rather than the palace itself although the two structures are interconnected by series of encompassing fortification.

Amber was the capital of the Kachwahas until 1727 when the ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh II founded a capital about nine kilometres south of Amber. This new city was named after him as Jainagara (Jaipur). The capital of Kachwahas was supplanted by the modern city of Jaipur.

The picturesque surroundings of Amber at the mouth of a rocky mountain gorge, in which nestles a lovely lake, has attracted the admiration of the travellers. It is considered to be a remarkable example for its combined Rajput-Mughal architecture. The first Rajput structure was started by Raja Kakil Dev when Amber became his capital in 1036 on the site of the present day Jaigarh Fort.

When Mughal Emperor Jahangir heard about the beauty of the Fort and Diwan-i-Khas, he felt jealous and wanted to demolish them. But Mirza in order to save the structure had the columns plastered over with stucco. The emperor then felt that it was not surpassed Agra palaces and forts in magnificence and abandoned his plans to demolish them. His successors also did not take notice of this and spared the Amber Fort.

Poor site management and development pressures have altered the historical integrity of the Amber Fort. The building that rings around the Jaleb Chwok courtyard has been converted into a market place with shops selling showpieces, dresses, cafeteria and cyber cafés.

Jaipur, first planned city in India, is a major tourist destination. Known as ‘Pink City’ because the buildings in walled city are painted in pink, Jaipur has a number of tourist attractions. They included Jaigarh Fort (where the world’s largest canon Jaivana is situated), Nahargarh Fort (where Madhavendra Bhawan Palace and Man Sagar Lake are located), City Palace (which occupies one-seventh of the walled city), Jal Mahal (Water Palace), Jantar Mantar and several prominent temples.Founded by Raja Alan Singh of Chanda clan of Meena, Amber Fort or Amar Fort was a flourishing settlement as far back as in the tenth century. Much of the present structure, known as Amber Fort, is actually the palace built by Raja Man Singh I who ruled from 1590 – 1614.

The Amber Fort, which was named after Goddess Amba, contains several spectacular buildings such as the Diwan-i-Khas and the elaborately painted Ganesh Pool built by Mirza Raja Jai Singh I (Man Singh I’s grandson). The famous Sheesh Mahal, adorned with numerous mirror tiles on its walls and ceiling, is a part of this Fort.

The old and original fort of Amber dating from earlier Meena period is what is known in the present day as Jaigarh fort. This Jaigarh Fort is actually the main defensive structure rather than the palace itself although the two structures are interconnected by series of encompassing fortification.

Amber was the capital of the Kachwahas until 1727 when the ruler of Amber Sawai Jai Singh II founded a capital about nine kilometres south of Amber. This new city was named after him as Jainagara (Jaipur). The capital of Kachwahas was supplanted by the modern city of Jaipur.

The picturesque surroundings of Amber at the mouth of a rocky mountain gorge, in which nestles a lovely lake, has attracted the admiration of the travellers. It is considered to be a remarkable example for its combined Rajput-Mughal architecture. The first Rajput structure was started by Raja Kakil Dev when Amber became his capital in 1036 on the site of the present day Jaigarh Fort.

When Mughal Emperor Jahangir heard about the beauty of the Fort and Diwan-i-Khas, he felt jealous and wanted to demolish them. But Mirza in order to save the structure had the columns plastered over with stucco. The emperor then felt that it was not surpassed Agra palaces and forts in magnificence and abandoned his plans to demolish them. His successors also did not take notice of this and spared the Amber Fort.

Poor site management and development pressures have altered the historical integrity of the Amber Fort. The building that rings around the Jaleb Chwok courtyard has been converted into a market place with shops selling showpieces, dresses, cafeteria and cyber cafés.

Jaipur, first planned city in India, is a major tourist destination. Known as ‘Pink City’ because the buildings in walled city are painted in pink, Jaipur has a number of tourist attractions. They included Jaigarh Fort (where the world’s largest canon Jaivana is situated), Nahargarh Fort (where Madhavendra Bhawan Palace and Man Sagar Lake are located), City Palace (which occupies one-seventh of the walled city), Jal Mahal (Water Palace), Jantar Mantar and several prominent temples.

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