Amer Fort

Providing a new vision for India’s premier hill fort, GHF plans to reinvigorate the site and put it on a sound, sustainable footing.

Where We Work

Amer Fort is a former palace and military installation of the maharaja of Jaipur and is located on a strategic hill outside of the city. It is renowned for its opulent style and its pioneering, eclectic mix of architectural motifs, which have cemented its status as the typical representation of the Rajput hill fort. The 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee named it and five other sister forts to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2013.

History

Amer Fort is a former palace and military installation of the maharaja of Jaipur and is located on a strategic hill several miles outside of the city. It is well known for its opulent style and its pioneering, eclectic mix of architectural motifs that have cemented its status as the typical representation of the Rajput hill fort. The 37th Meeting of the World Heritage Committee named it, and five other sister forts, to the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in June 2013 as the ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan.’

Threats

Amer Fort is one of the most visited sites in India. During peak tourist season, the fort and the nearby city attract up to 5,000 visitors per day. The stress on the site brought about by these visitors has been enormous, requiring intensive conservation on the fort and its environs.

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What We Do

Global Heritage Fund has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government of Rajasthan and its Chief Minister detailing plans for preservation work at the historic site. GHF’s work at Rajasthan will begin with the creation of a Management Plan for Amer Fort. This will assist both GHF and the Government of Rajasthan to create a framework for future maintenance, conservation, and management of the historic site.

Proposed Goals

“What makes Amer Fort appealing to Global Heritage Fund is the partnership with the Chief Minister and the Government of Rajasthan” said Executive Director Stefaan Poortman. “We are working with a government that is very pro-heritage and which plans to put Rajasthan on the map by leading with their heritage and their cultural sites. It’s very significant to the people of Rajasthan and all of India. GHF is deeply honored to invited to assist in the preservation of this magnificent site.”

Global Heritage Fund has high hopes for this project, which will provide much-needed management at the second-most-visited heritage site in India.

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