An early start with lots to see in Jaipur. We drove by the gorgeous pink Hawa Mahal, which is actually just a facade. It is attached at the back to the city palace and was used by the women to watch, behind screens, the life of the city as it passed by below. Welcome to Jaipur!
Our trip to Amer (or Amber as it is called because of the building color) Fort. As I mentioned in an earlier post, there has been little water in the region for the past couple of years so these fishermen (working on untangling their nets) will, most likely, have little success.
Amer, originally, was the capital of the state before Jaipur. It is an old fort, built in 1592 by Raja Man Singh. This fort is also very popularly known as the Amer Palace. The Amer Fort was built in red sandstone and marble and the Maotha Lake adds a certain charm to the entire Fort. Though the fort is quite old and may even look so from the outside, it is beautiful on the inside and boasts of various buildings of prominence like the ‘Diwan-i-Aam’, the ‘Sheesh Mahal’ and even the ‘Sukh Mahal’. The Amer Fort has influences of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Credit
It was quite hot with long lines to ride the elephants so we missed the opportunity to ride the smelly beasts (but I took pictures). The details of this Fort are incredible and survive these many years later. Enjoy the collage of photos.
The summer palace (which will be restored at some point) is a beautiful building in the middle of the lake near the Amer Fort.
We did do a bit of shopping and eating to keep up our energy… and then we went to the Gaitore Burial Grounds, where the maharajas (not the wives who were buried elsewhere) have been laid to rest for generations. The carvings reflect the different activities of interest to the particular maharaja.
Ending our day were these hardworking men and women collecting and selling wood.
This is Annpurna, our amazing guide!
P.S. I bought the same kurta she’s wearing! Look for it in the future.