Photographer's Note

Amber Fort is located in Amber (Jaipur), which used to be the capital of the Kachhwaha clan. Its construction started 1592 under Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I. The Fort lost its importance when the capital was moved 1727 to Jaipur, a couple of kilometers away, so that the maharaja could live in a newly built palace.

From outside, the Amber Fort, with a strong and rough appearance, standing atop a hill, and with the Maotha Lake as foreground, offers a dream view in an overall dry environment.

The inner part of the Fort, all built in white marble and red sandstone, is totally different from its outer appearance. The walls and ceilings are decorated with numerous carvings, mirrors, and exquisite paintings of hunting scenes on the walls represent the lifestyle of the Rajputs, in a style inspired both by the hindu and muslim manners.

You can see here a young boy working on the restoration of some of these paintings.

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Additional Photos by Yannick LEPRETE (yannick) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 18 N: 156] (1471)
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