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North India: Gallery 10
Amber Fort & Palace I
Camera I: Through Bill's Canon Lens
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Amber Fort (Amber Palace) is located 11 kilometres from Jaipur, situated on a forested hill promontory that juts into Maota Lake near the town of Amer/Amber.  The fort is believed to have been built originally by Raja Man Singh during 967 CE. The current Amber Palace, was created in the late 16th century, as a larger palace. Amber Fort is known for its artistic Hindu style elements with its large ramparts and series of gates and cobbled paths. Constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard. In some sections a cool climate is artificially created by winds that blow over a water cascade within the palace.

We rode jeeps up a steep narrow road to the palace. Some tourists are given elephant rides up the slope but we weren't given the option. There has been some opposition to the use of elephants for this since they aren't "climbers" by nature and the handlers have been accused of abusing the animals.

The various four courtyards, gates, corridors, garden, and temple in the palace are shown in the photos below and are well described in Wikipedia. Mosaics, mirrors glass inlays in white marble and splendid decorations abound in every room.  A goat was sacrificed every day on the steps of the Kali Temple right up to 1980, when the State Government banned the practice. Video Tour on Youtube


Two Reference Photos

Aerial View of Amber fort from Jaigarh fort, Jaipur

Controversial elephant ride up to the fort


Our journey up the cobbled ramp by jeep


Entering the Moon Gate into the former parade ground


The Kitchen Area


Overlooking the Gardens


The Turkish Bath


The Garden and Chambers


Returning to Exit through the Moon Gate


From Our India 3D Stereoview Collection From Over 100 Years Ago
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GALLERY 10
JAIPUR'S AMBER FORT AND PALACE :: Pt. I

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