Amber Fort was built at Amber
in the 15th century by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar
's army. The name Amber came from the goddess, Amba Mata or mother earth. Amba Mata was worshipped by Mina tribes, the original inhabitants of this region. Later this site was occupied by the
. Its construction was completed only in the 18th century.
Amber Fort is a fine example of Rajput architecture. Located on the hills that surround
Jaipur and Maotha Lakes, this massive fort comprises complex gateways, courts, stairways, pillared pavilions, and beautiful palaces that evoke past glory and wealth. The front courtyard with a magnificent pillared hall, painted gateway (Ganesh Pol), the palace of mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), and the Jas Mandir with carved Jali screens, and fine mirror and stucco work add to the splendor of this old massive structure. A Mughal style garden named ‘Dil-e-Aaram’, ‘Diwan-E-Am’, a small temple dedicated to goddess ‘Kali’ and
Shila Mata temple are some picturesque locations inside the fort.