The Petryk's Round-The-World Adventure 2007/2008 travel blog

Amber Fort at Jaipur above Lake Maota

"Bath time at Lake Maota"

"Hey, come on in, the water's great!"

"Rub-a dub dub, three elephants in the tub"

Wall around ancient Jaipur

On the way to The Amber Palace

Entrance to the Amber Palace

Amber Palace Public Audience Courtyard

"Lord Gnisha" over Palace Entrance

Emperor's Private Courtyard

Jaigargh Fort above the Amber Palace

"ruins of settlement of prosperous nobles"

View of Temple high above Jaipur from The Amber Palace

View of Lake Maota and Palace Gardens

View of old Jaipur below the walls of the city

Sheesh Mahal or "Mirror Palace"

Ceiling of Jas Mandir

Jal Mahal Water Palace at Man Sagar Lake

We left the fort at Madhogarh by private car (a station wagon) for our journey to the "Pink City" of Jaipur, the home town of our tour leader Raj. Jaipur was founded in 1727 by the Rajput Maharaja Jai Singh II. Upon our arrival we made our way to the fort palace at Amber, the former capital of Rajasthan state and the Kachwaha rulers, north of Jaipur, past the Man Sagar Lake and the water palace known as the Jal Mahal, dating from 1735. The water palace is currently undergoing restoration to be used as a hotel. The Amber Fort and palace is set up in the rocky hills overlooking Lake Maota where we saw a number of elephants playing and getting bathed in the water. The original building dates from 1037 but most of what remains today was constructed by Raja Man Singh commencing in 1592. Inside the private domain of the palace is the Sheesh Mahal or "mirror palace" which was used as the private audience hall. The upper floor dates from the 1630's and is known as Jas Mandir. Located north of the palace are the ruins of the settlement of prosperous nobles and craftsmen and the Jaigargh Fort stands high above the palace on its western edge and houses one of India's largest cannons, called the Jai Ban, but because we did not go to the fort, unfortunately we were unable to see it.

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