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Amber Fort
Location: On Delhi-Jaipur Highway, 11 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan
Highlights: Shila devi temple, Jaleb chowk, Surajpol Diwan-e-aam, Diwan-e-khaas, Jaleb chowk, Surajpol
Timing: 07: 00 A.M. To 07: 00 P.M.
Entry Fee: Rs. 100 for Indians, Rs. 150 for Foreigners including the charges of admission, camera and video.

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Amber Fort attracts Bollywood directors, who desires to set silver-screen into fire by venturing periodic flicks. Highly showcased in 'Jodha Akbar' (2008), a Bollywood blockbuster, the charming fort is located 11 kms from Jaipur. The construction of this red sandstone structure was initiated by Raja Man Singh and was later completed by Jai Singh. The formidable fort is located atop hill and is bordered with a serene Maotha Lake. The Fort is a prime place for taking an adventure ride of the back of bedecked animals.

Fort Architecture
Amber fort was once the treasure repository of Kacchwaha rulers. It is located high on a hill-top. The long and winding uphill is fused with the high wall of fort. During those time the attack on the fort was not an easy task. History says that, during those days, number of large animals were used to to carry water from Maota Lake to the fort. The stored water was used for drinking, bathing cooling air and rejuvenating Mughal Garden.

The overall architecture of Amber Fort depicts the creative blend of Rajput and Islamic engineering. The robust exterior and elegant interiors highlights the power of erstwhile ruling dynasties. Huge walls supporting the fort are embellished with mirror woks, carvings and mosaic. The different sections in the fort can be accessed by means of central stairways.

Tourist Attractions
On entering the magnificent Amber Fort, tourist will come across Surajpol, which pave the way to Jaleb Chowk. The spacious ground has witnessed the parade of royal armies. Just before the entrance to the Palace, a narrow staircase direct tourist to the divine Kali Temple or the Shila Devi Mandir. It treasures the imposing silver idol of lions. The Ganesha image composed entirely from a single piece of coral is positioned at the entrance to the temple. Its sparkles attracts tourist from one and wide.

Halls in Amber Fort are must-visit places. Diwan-e-am (Hall of Public), Jai Mandir(Hall of Victory) and Sukh Niwas(Hall of Pleasures) are some of the most beautiful structure within the fort complex. Each one is furnished with mosaic works, sculptures, ivory and sandalwood doors. The Zenana Apartment, meant for the females of royal families showcases intricate craftsmanship. The Hall of Mirrors glitters when a single candle lits up at night.

Elephant Ride
A royal ride on the back of bumpy elephant is must-do task. The giant mammal is decorated with glitzy clothes, garlands and anklets, the sound of which echoes in the aura. The ride may cost between Rs. 400 - Rs.500 per person. Its worthy receive happy hours at the expense of a few dollars.

Nearby Places to get around
Besides exploring every nook and corner of Amber Fort, tourist delight lies in visiting Jaigarh Fort, Jak Mahal, built in 18th century. Snawalji Jain Temple, Panna Mian ki Baoli and Jagatsiromani Temple are worth visiting.

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