Jaipur City Guide
Travel to Amber Palace, a monument that lies 11 km from Jaipur. Some of the monuments within the complex are Sheesh Mahal, Jai Mandir, Diwan-e-Aam, Kali Temple, Diwan-e-Khas and Diwan-e-Aam.
Ambar Palace is situated in Amber, the former capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs on a hillside overlooking Maotha lake, 11 km from Jaipur on the Delhi - Jaipur road.
About Amber Palace
A breathtakingly beautiful complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples standing in a magnificent state reflects the royal past of Rajasthan. The palace complex emerges dramatically from the placid waters of Maotha Lake, which makes it like a fairy tale palace. A spectacular painted hall, Diwan-e-Aam, and a double storeyed painted gateway are sure to leave you spellbound.
The palace or the royal apartments lies inside the massive Amber fort complex with gateways, gardens, halls, stairways, pillared pavilions, temples and palaces. Some of the noteworthy architectural marvels in the complex are the 'Diwan-E-Khas', the 'Sheesh Mahal' and the 'Jai Mandir' with exquisite mirror work, the 'Diwan-E-Aam', the 'Sukh Niwas', the Shila Mata Temple and Kali temple and the well laid out garden the 'Kesar Kyari'.
The fort is entered through the 'Dil-e-Aaram' Garden, laid out in the traditional Mughal style. An imposing flight of stairs leads to the 'Diwan-E-Am' (hall of public audience) which has latticed galleries and double row of columns each having a capital in the shape of elephants on the top. To the right are steps that lead to the small Kali Temple. Maharaja Man Singh was a great devotee of Goddess Kali and prayed to the goddess for victory during battles. The temple has huge doors made of silver. The larger white marble Shila Mata temple, has the image of Goddess Kali, brought by Raja Man Singh from Jessore in East Bengal (now in Bangladesh )
To the right are the steps that lead to the small Kali Temple. Maharaja Man Singh was a great devotee of goddess Kali and he worshipped the goddess for victory during battles. The Kali temple has huge doors made of silver. The image of Goddess Kali was brought by Raja Man Singh from Jessore in East Bengal, which is now known as Bangladesh.
Jai Mandir, Diwan-E-Khas and Sheesh Mahal
The Jai Mandir or the Hall of Victory has a glittering ceiling with mirror pieces on stucco and elegant inlaid panels. The Diwan-E-Khas or the hall of private audience is similar in ornamentation to Jai Mandir. The Sheesh Mahal, hall of Mirrors is known for the craftsmanship in mirrors. Thousands of mirror pieces adorn the walls and the ceiling and any streak of light if pass through sparkle and illuminates the entire room.
In front of the Jai Mandir is the Sukh Niwas or the hall of pleasure with a door made of sandalwood, inlaid with ivory with a channel running through, which formerly carried cool water acting as an air cooler.