The Amer Fort, situated in Amber, 11 kilometers from Jaipur, isone of the most famous forts of Rajasthan. Amer, originally, was the capital of thestate before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. Thisfort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amer Fort was builtin red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to theentire Fort. Though the fort is quite old and may even look so from theoutside, it is beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings ofprominence like the 'Diwan-i-Aam', the 'Sheesh Mahal' and even the 'SukhMahal'. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture.This fort also has the 'Shila Devi' Temple and the 'Ganesh Pol' which is a gatethat leads to the private palaces of the kings. The Amer Fort has manypavilions and halls of great interest and other popular attractions.
Amer was once known as Dhundar and was ruled bythe Kachhwahas from the 11th to the 16th century, until the capital was movedfrom here to Jaipur. Raja Man Singh built this fort in 1592 AD and Raja JaiSigh I expanded and renovated it later. While many such old structures havebeen either destroyed or replaced by other things, this fort has stood againstall the tests of time and invasions.