The Amber Fort, more generally known as the Amer Fort, is one of the most popular and is situated at a distance of 11 km from Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. The Amber Fort and Palace are some of the most popular tourist places in Rajasthan and attract crowds by the score from both within and outside the country.
Overlooking the Maota Lake, the fort is best known for its artistic representation of Hindu elements. The fort is built with red sandstone and marble and consists of the Diwan-e-Aam or the Hall of Public Audience, the Diwan-e-Khaas or the Hall of Private Audience, the Sheesh Mahal and the Sukh Niwas. Remarkably, the Sukh Niwas has a very indigenous form of air-conditioning wherein artificial winds are blown over a water cascade to cool the surroundings.
The Amer Palace served as the royal residence of Rajput Maharajas and their families. At the entrance of the Amber Fort, there is a temple dedicated to Sila Devi, who is a goddess of the Chaitanya Cult.