amber fort, india

Renowned for it’s flawless combination of Hindu and Mughal architectural elements, the Amber Fort (also known as Amber Palace) is a cultural and historical icon not to be missed. The palace is the capital of Rajasthan – a region situated only 11km from the city of Jaipur in India. Construction of this enormous palace, now a popular tourist attraction, commenced in 1592 by Raja Man Singh and segments were completed and modified over the next 150 years by successive rulers.
Since the main purpose of the fort was for protection during wars, most of the buildings were designed to keep the enemies out and slow them down if they did penetrate the outer walls. These elements include narrow passages and staircases that can be defended by a single swordsman, ridged ramps to allow the cavalry to move within the fortifications, high walls that cannot be easily scaled, and windows at only the highest levels.
Although the outer walls may seem bare, the interiors tell a different story. Lavish ornamentations using mirror, precious stones and intricate carvings are predominant, all an influence of Rajput-Mughal styles. Extravagant interiors and plentiful gardens were common during this period as the Royal Family (especially the women) spent much of their lives in fortification.
You can reach the palace on foot or by elephant ride. From the top of the fort, a spectacular view of the gorge and the land surrounding hills can be seen.

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