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Sheesh Mahal, within the Amber Palace.

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 in privacy. The palace houses the Sheesh Mahal (House of Mirrors) and is one of the prime attractions of the palace.

The palace lies within the Amer Fort which owes its construction to three rulers: Raja Man Singh, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh and took two centuries to build, much of it having been made in the 1500s. The Amer Fort is, in roughly equal proportions, a pleasure-palace, a former centre of administration and a military stronghold- all worth seeing. Fountains and waterways, gardens and courtyards spread out across the rest of the fort, the ramparts of which actually weave their way into the mountains for miles around.

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