JAIPUR - FEBRUARY 2008
In 1592, Raja Man Singh I, Commander in Chief of Akbar’s army, started the construction of a Fort at Amber (pronounced Amer), a city located 11 km far from Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kachhwaha clan till Jaipur was made the official capital in 1727. However, it was only during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I that the Amber Fort took its present form. Part One will show mostly the exterior of the buildings in the Fort, leaving its interiors to Part Two!
"JAIGARTH FORT - The «Victory Fort», located at the top of the hill, is considered as one of the most spectacular forts in India. The structure which is known today as «Amber Fort» was initially a palace complex within the original Jaigarh Fort"
"AMBER FORT - The rough and craggy appearance of its exterior, with mighty walls that guaranteed its protection against invasion, is entirely different from its sumptuous inside"
"ROYAL ELEPHANT RIDE - Of course, no visit to the Amber Fort would be complete without the royal elephant ride"
"AMBER CITY - And the pigeons in the air..."
"ENTRANCE - The Fort is entered through an imposing flight of stairs leading to the «Diwan-I-Am»"
"DIWAN-I-AM - The Hall of Public Audience has a double row of columns, each having a capital in the shape of elephants on the top"
"GANESH POL - The emperor's apartments, which lie on a higher terrace, are acceded by a sumptuous gateway – Ganesh Pol"
"JAIGARTH FORT - As seen from patios and windows in the Amber Fort"
"ZENANA - The Women's Apartments surround a magnificent courtyard"
"WE, THE PEOPLE..."