Amber which is situated about 11 kms. away from Jaipur on Jaipur-New Delhi Road was the capital of old Dhundar state of Jaipur and was governed by Kachawaha rulers but before them the state was under the rule of Meenas. The town was originally named Ambikeshwara and was later abridged to Amber or Aamer.
Here we have a lot of places of tourist interest such as Amer mahal, Shila Mata Ka Mandir situated in the palace corridor, Jagat Shiromani Ka Mandir, Nahar Singh Ka Mandir, Sandhi Jootha Ram Ka Mandir, Jain Mandir, Amer Masj id etc. Modern Jaipur is expanding till Kunda and Kukas which are farther away from Amer. New Resorts, Hotels, Private Engineering and Medical Colleges, Government Colleges, Film Studios have come up in this region.
AMBER FORT (MAHAL)
The palaces at Aamer were built by Raja Bharmal in 1558 and his successor Raja Man Singh. Some structures added later on by their descndents are now in ruins but those built by Jai Singh I are well-preserved. The Amber Fort as it exists today has been shaped by three important rulers Man Singh, Jai Singh I and Jai Singh II.
Amber (Aamer) Palace complex comprises mainly the following buildings—Jalebi Chowk, Singh Pole, (Diwan-e-Aam), Diwan-e-Khas, Ganesh Pole, Yash Mandir, Shila Devi Mandir, Sukh Mandir and Zanana or women's apartments of Raja Man Singh.
These buildings and palaces are unique examples of Architectural excellence. Amber Mahal, a very charming piece of art was built around three centuries back and comprises palaces, temples, gardens, etc.
The road to the palace is very difficult and we can reach this destination by walking on foot only. The reflection of the fort in the peaceful water of the lake Maota makes it all the more beautiful for the tourists.
Singh Pole and Jalebi Chowk can be reached only by Elephant rides. The road is divided into two branches, the one goes towards Shila Mata Mandir, and the other goes towards the palace. Yash Mandir and Sukh Mandir, the famous temples of Jaipur city were built by Raja Man Singh.