Amber Fort is located in a valley formed by a range of Aravallis known as Kalikho Hills. Located below the connecting fortress of Jaigarh, the hill fort of Amber commands a scenic view of the temples situated on the hillside, the lake Maota and the small village adjoining lake Sagar. The palace and fort, located on top of the hill with the city on slopes and the valley are protected by fortifications with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The strategic location of the complex provided it with a natural protection and security being the foremost concern, the natural formations of the hills and valleys were utilized in the best possible manner. The fort was the focal point of the town and all roads led from the gateways in the fort wall to the palace. Surrounded by strong fortification walls and gateways, it comprises of number of gardens, courtyards and palatial spaces influenced by Mughal architecture. The water system including lifts, the lake with its Kesar Kyari, the hammams (baths) and fountains is a special feature of the palace. The palace complex is built in a linear manner, on an approximate north-south axis due to the natural formation of the land. The fort palace of Amber is an interesting example of Rajput Mughal planning borrowing the plan form of Mughal palaces that are superimposed on the hilly terrain combined with Rajput fort planning. The fort is an excellent example that showcases how topography has been utilized along with the traditional elements of Indian architecture like courtyards, pavilions and elements of transition.
Amber commands a scenic view of the temples situated on the hillside, the lake Maota and the small village adjoining lake Sagar. The fort, located on top of the hill with the city on slopes and the valley are protected by fortifications with four gates in the four cardinal directions. The strategic location of the complex provided it with a natural protection and security being the foremost concern, the natural formations of the hills and valleys were utilized in the best possible manner.
In its primary function, it was the seat of the Kacchwaha Rajputs and defined the capital of the Dhoondhar region of Rajasthan. It served as an administrative, military as well as residential complex. At the base, on the east side, is the Maota Lake, fed by the surrounding catchment area and providing a beautiful view of itself from the palace top. The name Maota is derived from “Mawat” or a shower of rain which fills the lake. In the historic times it would have been a part of the natural defenses for the palace, provided water to it and acted as a place of recreation for the royalty. This fort of Amber lies below Jaigarh, another fortification which crowns the summit of a hill 152 meters above the Amber Fort.
Visit of Amber Fort in Night
As the sun descends behind the magnificent fort and millions of stars fill up the indigo sky, Amber starts glowing like a bowl of light. The shimmering courtyards, rampart, pavilions and palaces just mesmerize you and transport you to a different era. The cool Aravali breeze sweeping through your hair makes the evening unforgettable. Come, witness the glory of Amber on as the palace unwinds itself, narrates a few stories and shines bright with pride.
Sound and Light Show at Amber
This show is set at exotic location, with grand panoramic view, featuring the history of a 600 years old citadel. Scripted by Gulzar and narrated by Amitabh Bachchan, the show has mesmerizing music with lead singers like Ustad Sultan Khan & Shubha Mudgal.
Special Note : At Amber, During Navratra Festivities, there shall be only English show at 8:30pm
Best Time to Visit Amber:October to March
Situated at an altitude of 431 meters above the sea level, the climate of Amber is of extreme type. Amber offers warm climate generally. The summers are from Mid-March to June and attain the maximum temperature of around 450 C. The monsoon showers persist from July till September, but the city doesn't receive much rain. Winters in Amber witness a bright sun and pleasant climate each day. The temperature drops down to 50 C at night. Early mornings and evenings are dominated by fog during winter season. Visit this wonderful place during these months and be all set to have a lovely vacation beating the heat. Winters have a strange spell on Amber which makes it a great place to visit. In case you are the one who avoids the rush of people, drop in Amber during April. Not many people see this place in the month of April as it gets a bit hot by then.