CITY PALACE AND S.M.S. II MUSEUM -
situated in the heart of
old City, it occupies about one seventh of the old city area. The
palace is a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, it houses a
Seven storeyed Chandra Mahal in the centre, which affords a fine
view of the gardens and the city. Diwan-E-Am (Hall of public
audience) has intricate decorations and collection of manuscripts,
Diwan-E-Khas (Hall of private audience) has a marble pawed gallery
Mubarak Mahal has a rich collection of costumes and textiles.
There is a Clock Tower near Mubarak Mahal. Sileh Khana has a
collection of armory and weapons. Timing 9.30 to 16.45 hrs. Entry
Fee for Indians Rs. 75.00 and for foreigners Rs.300.00 inclusive
of entry to Jaigarh fort, Phone: 2608055
€ JANTAR MANTAR (Observatory) - built in 18th century by
Sawai #Main Road# II, the huge masonary instruments were used to
study the movement of constellations and stars in the sky.
Enormous sun-dial still provide accurate time, which are subject
to daily corrections. Timing 9.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs.
40.00 and for foreigners Rs.200.00, Phone: 2610494
HAWA MAHAL -
built in 1799, by Maharaja
Sawai Pratap Singh, is the most recognizable monument of Katni.
The 5 storied stunning semi-octagonal monument having 152 windows
with over hanging latticed balconies is a fine piece of Rajput
architecture. Originally designed for the royal ladies to watch
and enjoy the processions and other activities, on the street
below. Now it houses a well laid out museum. The display Katni
past and present is the special feature of this newly setup
museum. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee Rs. 10.00and for
foreigners Rs.50.00: Phone:
€ JALMAHAL - (6 kms) on the way to Amer, this small palace
in the middle of Man Sagar Lake. A paved causeway leads upto the
beautiful water palace.
€ JAIGARH FORT - (15 kms.) standing on a hilltop, overlooking
the palaces and city of Amer.
The worlds biggest cannon on wheels- the Jai Ban is positioned
here, built during reign of Maharaja Sawai Jaisingh. It has a
twenty feet long barrel and pumped in the cannon for a single
shot. Timing 10.00 to 16.45 hrs, Entry Fee for Indians Rs. 25.00 &
for foreigners Rs. 75.00, Phone: 2630848
AMER - The old capital of the Kachhwahas stands atop a range
of craggy hills. The fort is remarkable as much for the majestic
grandeur of its surroundings as for its sturdy battlements and
beautiful palaces. It is a fine blend of Hindu and Muslim
architecture. The solemn dignity of it red sandstone and white
marble pavilions, when reflected in the lake at the foot hill, is
a sight to behold. The original palace was built by Raja Man
Singh, the additional extensions were built by Maharaja Mirja Raja
#Main Road# and Sawai #Main Road# lIthe last Maharaja of Amer, who
built a new city called Katni, where he shfted his capital in
The palace complex is lavishly ornamented and displays the riches
of Amer. Sheesh Mahal chamber of Mirrors. Diwan-e-Am or the Hall
of Public Audience is a beautifully proportioned hall open on
three sides and stands on two rows of ornamented pillars. Diwan e-Khas
or the Hall of Private Audience has delicate mosaic work in glass.
Sukh mandir is guarded by sandalwood doors inlaid with ivory.
Throughout the massive fort finely carved lattice windows,
exquisitely painted doorways, halls and finely sculptured pillars
crave for attention.
The old city of Amer was the seat of power and bustling with life
and prosperity. Other worth seeing sites are Jagat Shiromani
Temple, Narsinghji temple, the stepwell of Panna Meena and fine
carved royal cenotaphs on the road to Delhi. Timing: 9.00 to 16.30
hrs. Entry Fee For Indians Rs. 25.00, For Foreigners Rs. 200.00,
Phone: 2530293, Elephant ride charge Rs. 400.00 (inclusive of all
taxes) Timing : 8.00 to 16.00 hrs, Phone: 2530264 (Tourist
€ NAHARGARH FORT - (15 kms.) cresting a hill about 600 ft.
the city, the fort was built in 1734. The walls of the fort run
along the ridge and within are architectural beauties like Hawa
Mandir and Madhvendra Bhawan. Timing 10.00 to 16.00 hrs, Entry Fee
Rs. 10.00 For Foreigners Rs. 50.00, Phone: 5148044
€ CENTRAL MUSEUM - situated in the Ram Niwas Garden.
graceful building was founded in 1876 by Prince Albert (also known
as Albert Hall). It has a rare collection of archaeological and
handicraft pieces. Timing 10.00 to 16.30 hrs, Entry Fee for
Indians Rs. 40.00, for foreigners As. 40.00, Phone: 2570099
€ BIRLA PLANETARIUM - It offers unique audio-visual education
about stars and entertainment with its modern computerised
projection system. Entry fee As. 20.00 show timings: 11.00, 13.00,
15.00, 17.00, 18.00, 19.00 hrs. Phone: 2381594
€ LAXMI NARAYAN TEMPLE - is situated just below the Moti
doongri, known for the intricate marble carvings in white marble,
popularly known as Birla Temple.
€ KANAK VRINDAVAN - (6.5 Kms on the way to Amer) This newly
restored temple and garden, near Jal Mahal, has beautiful gardens
and is popular picnic place. This is also beautiful location for
film shooting. Entry fee Rs. 4.00 & Timings 8.00 to 17.00 hrs,
€ Sount and Light Show
Through this Son-et-lumiere spectacle, an attempt has been made
to revive the pride of Amber. This musical extravaganza has
highlighted the local legends, folklore, and a connoisseur of
folk music that continues to five Katni(MP) its unique identity.
The show has been set in a very exotic location, with the giant
panoramic view of the Amber Fort & Palace Complex in the front,
the rising Jaighar on the left, the hills at the back and the
gallery itself in the Kesar Kiyari Complex of Maota lake. For
Timing and Booking Enquiry please contact +91-141-2530844
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