11 March 2012

Jaipur's Amber Fort

The Amber (or Amer) Fort is the highlight of a visit to Jaipur and it's not hard to see why. It was built in 1592 by king Raja Jai Singh and is situated perfectly to pick up a cool breeze throughout. It was quite astounding to stand in the Amber Fort's courtyard, watching the hoards of tourists being escorted in the Sun Gate by means of elephant, each beautifully decorated. Like many palaces Christy and I had visited throughout Rajasthan (most notably Udaipur's City Palace), the Amber Fort was full of intricate and colorful marble work. I absolutely loved some of the golden (amber?) arches- especially the ones that seemed to be outlined in black. Everything is so picturesque and somehow unlike anything you've seen before. While Jaipur's city center left a little something to be desired, the Amber Fort feels completely removed from the city and was truly an enjoyable and remarkable experience.

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