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Jaipur: Amber Fort

The Fort in Jaipur dominates the city skyline. Jaipur itself nestles in the gap between three tall hills. The Fort is built up the side of one of them, and the walls extend over most of the area visible from the top. It is really very large indeed and is probably the most richly decorated fort we saw. The construction of the Amber Fort began in the year 1592 and was started by Man Singh I, but it was finished by his descendant Jai Singh I.

Here we start outside and look at some of the main buildings and features of the Fort.

Amber Fort main gate

The richly decorated archway just to the right of the entrance

Once inside, you can look down into the outer courtyard and watch the elephants bringing tourists in.

Some more elephants

A man feeds the pigeons in the courtyard garden.

Look out over the walls to see the city of Jaipur

Go inside from the balcony and see the central garden.

Looking back at the walkway you have just been on

Go round to the riverside wall and see the columned walkways with views over the river

Don't forget to examine the ceilings of these wonderful buildings.

Another courtyard in the heart of the fort, which would have been used solely by the women.

One wall of the women's area.

Go outside again to the corner and look back over the Fort.

A screened window of the corner observation point

Next to this is a theatre stage

Click to see the VR Moview of the vista of Jaipur City from the Fort (160°-ish, 1.9MB))

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These photos ©2006 Jo & Alan Hunter - please ask before using elsewhere - thank you.