Amber Fort - elephants on the Jaleb Chowk courtyard and main gate of Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Jan Wlodarczyk/age fotostock
Rising from a rocky hillside 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) northeast of Jaipur, Amber’s formidable fortress was financed with war booty when it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592. More palace than fort, the magnificent edifice testifies to the opulence of its glory days with gold sandstone and white marble ramparts surrounding luxurious royal apartments appointed with intricate mosaics and relief panels, frescoed arches, and mirrored ceilings. The historic structure offers insight into the lifestyle of the 16th-century maharajas. In the secluded women’s quarters surrounding the fourth courtyard in the palace, the rooms are designed to facilitate the Maharaja’s discreet nocturnal visits to royal wives and concubines.
Amber Fort: Playground of Maharajas
Jaipur is capital and the largest city of the largest state Rajasthan in India. The city is stood at the foot of the sprawling 300 year old hilltop Amber fort just on the outskirt of the city. Jaipur is also called the pink city due to its pink architecture. It is said that the city of Jaipur is the first planned urban city in India.
Amber fort which is also called Amir Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. Fort was built by Raja Man Singh in 1600 AD and then was completed by Raja Jai Singh in 18th century. Amber fort is major tourist attraction since the beginning. The fort is visited by the thousands of tourist from India and abroad every day.
Sheesh Mahal is the room of mirrors. It has the inlay work of mirror and it also reflects thousands of stars in the night. One can say seeing the Sheesh Mahal that beauty lies in itself. Jal mahal is an 18th century palace built by Raja Jai Singh in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake. It includes a roof garden, fully made up of white marble and edged by fountains and flowers. Its visit was stopped 300 years ago but from the last year visitors were allowed inside.
A New Beginning of Love and Life..
This was my first ever trip.. when i was all by myself..in the beginning it was a mixed feeling of fear and excitement..it was the first time when i was experiencing a bus journey..i was scared a bit.. but i knew it would be great as the time passes by..i loved every single thing that i saw on my journey.. when i reached there the bus station looked overcrowded n i dint knew anyone there.. after a few hours.. my girlfriend came by.. n gave me a tight hug.. i was actually there to be just with her.. n the next two days were filled with amazing joy.. n fun.. i never thought traveling alone could be great fun.. n excitement.. the serenity of Jaipur blew my mind away.. it was simply amazing!!
Mahuts and Elephants
While visiting the Amber Fort outside of Jaipur, there was a steady stream of mahoots with their painted elephants waiting to take tourists up the steep incline to the Amber Fort (click “view full size”)