Amber Fort: Playground of Maharajas
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.
By Melissa Adams, AFAR Local Expert
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")
By Cathy Sroka
Room with a View
This monkey surveys his domaine at the Amber Fort in Jaipur
By Cathy Sroka
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