Amber Fort

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  • Day48

    Indien Tag 21

    February 17, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Start in den Tag:

    Tag in 6 Worten:
    ▪️Sightseeing with Gani
    ▪️Poor Elephants ☹️🐘 & Behind the Bollywood Movie Scenes
    ▪️Heritage Village Textile (in Handarbeit gefertigte Stoffe 😍) ➡️ erneuter Besuch notwendig sobald das Themenzimmer unseres B&B's gestaltet werden kann
    ▪️Tuk Tuk Fahrt durchs "Kriesengebiet" 😁
    ▪️Tote Hosen gehört 😍

    Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
    Herzlicher Tuk Tuk Fahrer.

    🕗 Cheese Omelette with coffee
    🕗 Cheese Sandwich with coffee
    🕐 Veg Fried Rice with dal, lemon soda
    🕐 Uttapam, lemon soda
    🕕 Grilled Veg. Sandwich
    🕧 Chicken Club Sandwich

    Besondere Begegnungen:
    Ein Inder der jetzt unter mir schläft hat uns bestimmt 2 Stunden lang über den Bildungs- und Anstellungsstatus seiner Familie aufgeklärt. 😁 Zum Glück hat er ein ganz schlechtes Englisch gesprochen, was die Sache gezogen hat wie Kaugummi.

    Fortbesuche lohnen sich nicht! Viel zu teuer und überfüllt.
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  • Day18

    Amber Fort

    February 1, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 16 °C

    Our priority for today was the main World Heritage site here in Jaipur: the Amber Fort. It's part of the "Hill Forts of Rajasthan" serial site, which covers a total of six hill forts across Rajasthan (India's western desert state bordering Pakistan). The Amber Fort is the largest, most interesting, and closest to a major city, so it was kind of a no-brainer really!

    Took our time with a leisurely breakfast and then grabbed an Uber for the 15km trip out of town to the fort. It's located high up on a hill, and really the "fort" designation is a bit of a misnomer - it's really a palace. It mostly dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, built by the Rajas who ruled the area during that time. It was one of their main palaces although they had several others.

    Long walk up to the main gate, dodging the elephants which people ride up to the top. Always disappointing to encounter that, as elephant riding is a pretty awful practice. That said, I think the elephants are treated better these days than in the past, but "breaking" an elephant so it allows people on its back is still pretty cruel. Oh well, not much I can do about it.

    We spent a couple of hours wandering around the fort, checking out the various palaces and rooms. Lots of it was still in great condition, as it was used right up until the British occupation began in the 19th century. Beautiful to see all of the Mughal influence as well, with its Persian-style latticework, geometry and other decoration. Lots of good photo opportunities.

    One thing we both noticed as well is that although the sites we've been to are crowded, it's almost entirely Indian tourists. There's certainly foreigners around, but I'd say 95% of the visitors are domestic. Entry is pretty cheap for them (I think we paid 550 rupees each/$11, while it's just 50 rupees for locals), so it's not surprising to find a lot of locals. And there are lots of them!

    We were basically done with the Fort by early afternoon, so we got another Uber back into town and had thali plates for lunch at the same restaurant as yesterday. Spent the rest of the afternoon on the rooftop of our hotel, using laptops and relaxing.
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  • Day11

    Amber Fort

    November 28, 2018 in India ⋅ 🌫 20 °C

    Akram, the same guide we used in Delhi, picked us up at 9am to take us on a full day tour of Jaipur. It was a very packed day of learning both the history of Jaipur (and by proxy Northern India) and modern Indian politics.

    We started out by driving into old town Jaipur, the part that is famously known as the Pink City. Even though it's not pink at all! The nickname comes from when Prince Albert visited Jaipur in 1877 and one if his aides wrote down that the old town was pink and the name just stuck. Maybe he was colorblind? Anyway, the color is actually terra cotta. The whole old town is uniformly this color, with seven richly decorated gates all around. Quite beautiful.

    We took a quick spot just to take a picture of the facade of Hawal Mahal (the Wind Palace), but more on this in a later post. Our main destination for the morning was the Amer Fort.

    The Amber Fort is named from the city of Amber, which itself is believed to be named for the Hindu goddess Amba (coincidentally its color is somewhat in the realm of amber). The fort and wall around it was initially built in the 12th century, and the wall grew to encircle the entire valley, and is quite reminiscent of the Great Wall of China (although obviously several thousand miles shorter and much later in history). Wikipedia refers to this as the Amer Fort in Amer, but all local references we've seen say Amber.

    While the fort was initially built in the 12th century, a new, modern, palatial expansion was began by Man Singh at the end of the 16th century. Turns out that Man Singh was the general of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Rajasthan (the state of which Jaipur is the capital) was autonomous from the Mughals, but they had very close relations (two Rajasthani princesses married Mughals). Man Singh didn't live to see the palace completed, so work was continued by his descendents... including his grandson, Jai Singh I, who also was a general for the Mughals.

    The fort is an interesting mix of Persian, Mughul, and local Rajasthani architecture. For instance, some columns had Islamic detail bases (flowers and geometry) but Hindu tops (eplehants). It's called a fort, but it served no military purpose - there was an actual military fort nearby - it was mainly a palace.

    The fort contained multiple beautiful gardens in the Persian style, and had two main gates. The sun gate (facing east) was reserved for the royals, who actually typically entered on elephant back. In fact, many tourists take that route today. We just walked, and took pictures of the elephants instead, many of which were elaborately decorated and even had painted toenails! The moon gate (facing west) was for commoners to enter to petition and see the royals.

    The main section of the palace had two main royal residences and was ingeniously laid out. The winter palace was on the east side and mirrored - so as to capture the maximum amount of heat from the sun. We chuckled as our guide described temperatures falling as low as 9 degrees celcius (48°F). Must be nice. On the other hand, in the summer, temperatures can reach an absurd 47 degrees celcius (117°F) - so the summer palace was constructed facing west, which was a direction blocked by a hill so it got far less sunlight. Additionally, it was all white marble, and had a built in air conditioning system and water cooling. High tech for the 17th century!

    In the back of the fort were 12 distinct apartments for Man Singh's 12 wives. They were constructed in such a way to ensure that none of the wives knew which one he was visiting. Sneaky sneaky. Throughout the fort were many screen windows - windows with hexagonal open tiles so that the wives could peek out at the commoners without being seen, since they weren't actually allowed to venture out much.

    After several hundred years of rule over Amber, one ruler, Jai Singh II, decided that he had much grander ambitions. He decided he needed to build his own city, which he naturally named after himself: Jai's City, or Jaipur. The city be built is the part we now call the Pink City - which was founded in 1727. But this man was also interested in a lot of other things, like math and astronomy and even urban planning - so the city is carefully designed and laid out on a symmetric grid. He even was very careful to place specific occupations at specific points. There is a block for bangle creators, and a block for cloth weavers, and so forth. He also built his own astronomical observatory (see next post).

    We ended up spending about 3 hours at the Amber Fort, and learned an enormous amount about it - of which this post is just a fraction. But it was a great place to visit.
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  • Day13

    Amber Fort/Palace near Jaipur

    October 15, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Former palace and capital before moving to Jaipur due primarily to overcrowding of the surrounding town. The palace was begun in the 16th century.
    The 1st pic looks at the fort from a distance. Next is the 1st courtyard for military drill and parades.. 3rd is the palace garden in the harem. 4th is a pavilion at the side of the harem where the women could look over and watch what was going on the in the audience chamber below. 5th is the audience chamber. The ceiling is filled with reflective surfaces that look like stars shining. Last is an example of how Hindu and Islamic art and architecture are combined in the building.Read more

  • Day6

    Jaipur Day 2

    February 10, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 18 °C

    Got up early for breakfast
    Stuck to toast and banana and chai masala
    Roisin came to us and we got an uber to the monkey temple
    Loads and loads and loads of monkeys
    One jumped on Lauren's head
    Lots of temples
    Was blessed - bindi, bracelet (right hand not married) and perfume rubbed on us
    Meabh got hit was peacock duster on head
    V funny
    Marianne was scared
    Sacred bath for people to wash in
    Then went to jal Mahal
    Kind of underwhelming
    Palace on water
    Asked for photo and everyone was staring
    Went to Hawk view for lunch
    Amazing views
    Indian wedding - glamourous horses walking around, men dancing
    Had beer finally wooo
    Roisin had cranberry breeza
    Semi lit going to Amber Fort
    Walked up the stairs followed by creepy men the whole way
    V annoying
    Made it to the top and then went inside for the light show which was actually back outside
    Light show was kinda shit and it was v cold
    Lauren and I in boot of Tuk Tuk
    Prince of jaipur Samwarth Kawasali replied and gave us recommendations for tonight so went to skyfall
    Also said he would have taken us out but was visiting his mother's home town
    It was v fancy but not very expensive
    Food was kinda average
    He called up place to see if it was open but it was kinda late and we still needed to pack so ended up just going home
    Said our farewells to Roisin 💔
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  • Day7

    Amber Fort- Jaipur

    September 21, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    This imposing fort really was something that could have inspired the likes of Game of Thrones, the castle is full of symbols from the royal family, with beautiful rock painting and stunning architecture... the place was huge, and only less than 20% open!Read more

  • Day200

    Amber Fort und Affentempel

    May 25, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 36 °C

    Um 8.15 machten wir uns auf den Weg zum Amber Fort. Wir stoppten beim Hawa Mel, dem Windpalast mit 365 Fenstern. Wir fuhren zum Fort und dort angekommen wurden wir erstmal von 7845 Händlern überrumpelt, aber wir konnten schnell eine Taktik finden um diese loszuwerden. Ignorieren. Wir sind durch das erste Tor und hatten kurz Zeit zum Fotos machen und ein Inder sprach mich an und probierte mir auf deutsch zu sagen: ich liebe es mit hübschen Mädchen zu sprechen. Ich hab ihm dann einen schönen Tag gewünscht.
    Es ging durch 3 weitere Tore und dann waren wir nach 3 Stunden auch fertig. Wir haben dann noch zusammen Mittag gegessen und beschlossen dann nachmittags zum Affentempel zu fahren.
    Ich mag Affen nicht besonders gern, aber wie sich dann rausstellte, fanden die mich super.
    Ich saß auf den Boden, weil mir erstens warm war und zweitens wollte ich einfach in Ruhe Bilder machen. Ein Affe setzte sich einfach auf meinen Rücken und der andere kuschelte mit meinen Haaren. Und anstatt mir mal jemand hilft, wurde ich nur fotografiert und angelacht von einer riesigen Gruppe von Leuten. War auf jeden Fall eine Erfahrung wert.
    Abends sind wir dann noch in ein indischen Fastfoodrestaursnt und haben uns den Magen vollgeschlagen. Das alles für so ziemlich genau 2.50 Euro.
    Und wieder sind alle recht früh ins Bett gefallen, weil wir einen frühen Zug bekommen mussten.
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