Incredible India 9 – Jaipur and the Amber Fort

Before there was Jaipur there was Amber (pronounced Amer).  Amber Fort is located about six miles from Jaipur.  Begun in 1592, moguls ruled from here until the capital was moved to Jaipur in 1727.  The Fort underwent improvements and additions by successive rulers over the next 150 years.

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Amber Fort looks over Maota Lake and it is stunning!

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You can arrive at the Fort by elephant! 

But our guide explained “there have been serious accidents when the elephants revolted”.  Our tour arrived in jeeps.

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The first courtyard is immense.  Moving deeper into the fort brings you through 3 more courtyards, each smaller than the last and more private.

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Over 4000 tourists a day visit Amber Fort during the peak season.

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DSC09808 C  Amber Fort was a trip highlight!

 

Across the street from our hotel in Jaipur was a lakeside park.  In the middle of the lake is the Jal Mahal (Water Palace).  Four of its five stories are under water when the lake is full! 

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The park is a busy meeting place with families out for a stroll and people selling all sorts of trinkets and food.

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DSC09905 C A pretty sight at night too.

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Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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8 Responses to Incredible India 9 – Jaipur and the Amber Fort

  1. Joanne Crawford says:

    I loved this post, Gracia. The architecture of India is unbelievably beautiful . . . so intricate. You got some great photos!

    Joanne

  2. Catherine says:

    Do they issue scuba gear to the people staying on lower levels of the Jal Mahal? Sorry couldn’t resist.

  3. Well organized and well captured photos. I like your album for its series of pictures that is telling the whole story itself.

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