Amer Fort At
a short distance of 11 kms . from Jaipur, the Amer Fort complex stands amidst
wooded hills overlooking the Delhi-Jaipur highway, with its forbidding ramparts
reflected in the still waters of the Maota Lake below.
One of the finest examples of Rajput architecture, it was the ancient capital
of the Kachhawah rulers. The original palace was built by Raja Man Singh and
additions were made later by Sawai Jai Singh.
Within the palace are the Diwan-e-Aam or the "Hall of Public Audience",
the Diwan-e-Khas or the "Hall of Private Audience" and the Sukh Niws
where a cool breeze blows across channels of water for the purpose of air-conditioning.
Here are the private chambers of the queens with windows having latticed screens
so that the ladies could watch the proceedings of the royal court inprivacy.
There is also the Jai Mandir or the "Temple of Vicotry", with its
famed Sheesh Mahal, the scintillating "Hall of Mirrors".
The City Palce is an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal art
and architecture. The City Palace complex houses several palatial structures.The
first building in it is Mubarak Mahal, built by Kaharaja Madho Singh. It has
a beautifully carved marble gate with heavy brass doors on either side of this
gate. Beyond this gate lies the Diwan -e-Khas, or the "Hall of Private
Audience". The City Palace is a historic landmark. The carved arches are
supported by grey-white marble columns studded with floral motifs in gold and
Jantar Mantar Jantar
mantar is one of Jai Singh's five remarkable observatories. Constructed with
stone and marble its complex instruments whose settings and shapes are precisely
and scientifically designed represent the high points of Medieval Indian astronomy.
The Ram Yantras used for gauging altitudes are unique in their isolation. this
is the largest of the five observatories founded by Sawai Jai Singh-II in various
parts of the country.
Major Yantras or instruments that you can watch moving clockwise are: Small
'Samrat', 'Dhruva', 'Narivalya', The Observer's Seat, Small 'Kranti', 'Raj',
'Unnathamsa', 'Disha', 'Dakshina', Large 'Samrat', 'Rashivalayas', 'Jai Prakash',
Small 'Ram', Large 'Ram Yantra', 'Diganta', Large 'Kranti'.
Built by the poet king Sawai Pratap Singh, the Hawa Mahal is the most strikingly
designed monument in Jaipur. What is seen from the Sireh Deorhi Bazaar is the
multiniched five storey high backside of the complex ( see it in photo gallery
). It was conceived to provide adequate vantage position behind delicate stone
carved jali screens to the palace women for watching the royal processions passing
through the bazaar below.
Jaigarh Fort The
western skyline is dominated by the extensive walls, watch towers and gatewasys
of the Jaigarh Fort.
It is one of the few military structures of medieval India preserved almost
intact, containing palaces, agrdens open and covered reservoirs, a granary,
an armoury, a well-planned cannon foundry, several temples, a tall tower and
a giant mounted acnnon-the Jain Ban, the largest cannon in the world.
Perched atop a pricturesque hill, the Nahargarh Fort offers a breathtaking view
of the city below. Initially built by Sawai Jain Singh in 1734 A.D. It was enlarged
and given its present shape by Sawai Madho Singh in1885 A.D. Decorative motifs
in some of the rooms are delightful.
From the windows of the nine identical suites, one gets a magnificent view of
the city, complete witht he geometrical layout. From Amer there is a road to
Nahargarh, which passes through the hills
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