India: Amber Fort

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Amber Fort (pronounced “ahm-bay” and also spelled Amer Fort).  Amer Fort, built in 1592 and expanded over the next 150 years, is situated on a forested hill premonitory, above the Maota Lake near Amer village, about 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Jaipur city, the Capital of Rajasthan. It currently sits near the National Highway, which goes to Delhi.  A narrow jeepable road leads up to the entrance gate, known as the Suraj Pol or the Sun Gate, of the fort. Elephant rides are also taken through narrow passage through the Sun Gate. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

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Remember this photo of the long line of elephants carrying tourists to the fort?  After the tourists are deposited at the top of the hill, the elephants go down the same route.

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Maota Lake and Garden below Amber Fort.

Beautiful structures in Amber Fort:

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A particular attraction here is the “magic flower” fresco carved in marble at the base of one of the pillars around the mirror palace which is identified by two hovering butterflies depiction; the flower has seven unique designs of fish tail, a lotus, a hooded cobra, an elephant trunk, a lion’s tail, a cob of corn and a scorpion, each is viewed by a particular way of partial hiding of the panel with hands.  (Thanks to Wikipedia)

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Note the colorful stones inlaid in the wall.  It’s too bad that these walls were plundered of most of the stones.  We can only imagine how colorful the walls were back then.

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This is our Hawaii tour guide, Michael, who is over 6 feet tall.  He had to stoop to avoid hitting his head.  These doorways were made short so that men coming through would automatically be bowing to the Emperor.  (Per our Indian tour guide, Victor)

The Amer town itself, which is an integral and inevitable entry point to the Amer Palace, is now a heritage town with its economy dependent on the large influx of tourists (4000 to 5000 a day during peak tourist season). This town is spread over an area of 4 square kilometres (1.5 sq mi) and has 18 temples, 3 Jain mandirs and three mosques. It has been listed by the World Monument Fund (WMF) as one of the 100 endangered sites in the world; funds for conservation are provided by the Roberts Willson Challenge Grant. As of 2005, some 87 elephants lived within the fort grounds, but several were said to be suffering from malnutrition. (Thanks to Wikipedia)

P.S.  I was going to post my Christmas greeting tomorrow (Christmas day), but since so many of you bloggers are already wishing me and others a Merry Christmas, I’ll do the same.  MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!  ALOHA FROM HAWAII.

12 Responses to “India: Amber Fort”

  1. Denise Says:

    Fantastic photos and interesting information about Amber Fort. Thanks Gigi!

  2. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Looks like you had a great trip. Have a safe and happy holiday and I hope you feel better soon. Dianne

  3. Christine Says:

    Merry Christmas Gigi and thanks for the interesting tour!

  4. Grannymar Says:

    Merry Christmas Gigi and thanks for taking us along on the trip to India!

  5. mageb Says:

    What a wonderful tripp this was. I’m so glad you got to go on it. Happy Holidays to the two of you. Hugs too.

  6. Linda Reeder Says:

    Merry Christmas, Gigi!

  7. L from W Says:

    Merry Christmas Gigi

    Can’t type much on my kindle because I sometimes lose connection as I try to send it. I lost a message yesterday and didn’t. Feel up to retyping.

  8. Musings Says:

    You really got to see so much during your trip to India, Gigi!

    Wishing you happiness and health through this loving holiday season and into the new year.

  9. M Says:

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  10. DrumMajor Says:

    Merry Christmas to Gigi and David! Hope your hoopla was fun! The snow is still melting in Kansas. 8 to 12 degrees! DrumMajor

  11. Kavita Saharia Says:

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Ggi:) I will be away for a week so see you in new year.

  12. Bella Rose Says:

    The buildings are breathtakingly beautiful.

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