The Amber Fort

Amber Fort, also known as Amer Fort (and pronounced that way) is a short distance out of Jaipur.  The fort is a famous one, located next to a lake and with another fort up on the hills behind that is connected to it by an underground passage.  We chose to visit by public bus – it dropped us right next to the entrance to the Fort, where we walked up to the main gateway.  Traditionally people rode up by elephant, and we saw some people doing this but decided to use our legs instead.

 

Riding elephants up to the fort
Riding elephants up to the fort

 

The main gate
The main gate

 

The fort itself is massive and very impressive.  We began by visiting the Siladevi Temple by the entrance, where animals were sacrificed until the early 1980’s.

 

 

Looking down from next to the temple
Looking down from next to the temple

 

No photos were allowed inside the temple, so we moved on to the impressive series of courtyards, gates and the beautiful mirrored hall called Jai Mandir that was one of the highlights.

 

 

Us and the mirrors
Us and the mirrors

 

Mirrors
Mirrors

 

Beautiful mirrors
Beautiful mirrors

 

Karen exploring
Karen exploring

 

The women's quarters
The women’s quarters

 

One of the courtyards
One of the courtyards

 

Reubs in the fort
Reubs in the fort

 

A very impressive gateway
A very impressive gateway

 

Elegant archways
Elegant archways

 

Looking down to the lake in front of the for
Looking down to the lake in front of the fort

 

We spent a few hours exploring the fort, finding new passages and walking the underground passage towards the other fort until it came out of the ground. (When the fort was attacked the inhabitants could escape to the higher fort, which was never conquered). One of the things that most struck us about this fort was the sheer size – sprawling over the hills it was hard to imagine that anyone would think to attempt to conquer this fort!

 

Reubs in the passageway leading to the second fort
Reubs in the passageway leading to the second fort

 

 

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Monica Drefs says:

    Incredible

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  2. Mum Bunn says:

    “Fort”seems like a misnomer — more like a walled city. The hall of mirrors sounds/looks fantastic. How wonderful to visit there.

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