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An imposing palace built of sandstone and marble, Amber Fort was the royal residence of Jaipur’s rulers all through the 17th century. However, by 1727, Jaipur became the new capital and Amber Fort fell to disuse. Perhaps the best way to get here is like they did in the old days – on elephant back. An entry from the Jaleb Chowk courtyard leads to Diwan-E-Aam – Hall for Public Audience. The Diwan-E-Khaas – Hall For Private Audience, is quite spectacular, with tiny mirrors adorning the walls in rich decoration. The entire place comes alive in the evening, with a sound-and-light show, night viewing, and dinner. Less than half an hour’s drive from Jaipur, Amber Fort is an easy fit into your itinerary.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is famed for its culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. Jaipur owes its name to founder Sawai Jai Singh II, one of the most powerful Rajput rulers of the city. In the 17th century AD, Jaipur was re-modeled as per vaastu shastra principles, where natural elements are juxtaposed to create positive energy. Later, during the British colonial era, the old city of Jaipur was painted pink to welcome Prince Albert to India. Jaipur has several iconic…