Amber was the capital of Jaipur before Jaipur was built. This fort was begun in 1592.
|The forbidding front
The Singh Pol, or Lion Gate. For the incorrigible tourist, it's possible to get an elephant ride up to the gate.
|The fort walls
Not a good idea to climb up, nor to be thrown down.
|Inside the front gate
There's an enormous courtyard in the center.
This stand was right inside the front gate, on the left side (see photo above).
The swastika is a good luck sign, and attractive merchandising for Indian customers.
|Fortifications surrounding the fort
These were the watchtowers and first line of defense. Nice to know that someone is looking out for you.
|The Ganesh Pol
The gateway leading to the palace portion of the fort. Above the door is an image of the god Ganesh.
|The reverse side of the Ganesh Pol
It's an elevated walkway, and a one-story structure. As with the Wind Palace in Jaipur, the royal women could observe without being seen.
|Hall of audiences|
|Enclosure around the womens' quarters
Apparently, the warren-like design made it easier for the maharaja to visit various wives without the others knowing.
|The queen's area
The metal hooks around the building are for curtains.
|Birds and belfries
Also near the women's quarters, a part of the fort that hasn't been renovated.
|View of the roofs
Taken at the edge of the fort that looks out at the defensive walls.
|The Jal Mahal (Water Palace)
This palace is between Amber and Jaipur. It was built by Sawai Madho Singh I.
The monsoons hadn't come to Rajasthan for four years at the time this photo was taken, and unfortunately, there wasn't a lot of water around the Water Palace.