Amber Palace IV - "A" (not "The") Great Wall
There is a series of fort structures in and around the city of Jaipur, including the gigantic Jaigarh Fort overlooking the Amber Palace. Many of these forts, as well as former military posts in the surrounding countryside, were once joined together by a series of wall fortifications. On first look, these walls actually have a similar "look" to China's Great Wall. The walls in the Jaipur area were most certainly built with the assistance of descendants of those who built the Chinese treasure, but are much more "human" in scale. Whereas the Great Wall of China basically covers a continent, or parts of it, these walls are more of a local military item from the 16th and 17th century.
OK, it's not "the" Great Wall, but they're pretty cool anyway. It goes to show you how seriously the maharajahs and emperors of the past took the threat of outside invasion. Seeing our guide (Alok Choudhary) smile when I said that the walls looked "a little bit like the Great Wall of China".
Sukh Niwas - the Hall of Pleasure - has a channle running through it, which once carried cooling water where the ladies of the palace used to cool off their feet. There is also a beautiful door made of sandalwood, inlaid with ivory.
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Jaigarh Fort "Showcases World's largest cannon"
Jaigarh Fort is located on the top of the hill, by the name of Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles). Jaigarh Fort is also known as the 'Victory Fort', located at a comfortable distance of 15kms from Jaipur. Jaigarh Fort is considered as one of the spectacular forts in India. This Fort is on top of the hill, while Amber Fort is at the bottom. Many people regard the two as one complex however both of them are well connected with well guarded passages. Jaigarh Fort positioned centrally in the thorn-scrub hill, leaves a stern impact on the spectator at once.
Jaigarh Fort was made to tighten the security of Jaipur and Amber. Due to this fact, one may not find this fort as artistic as other forts and palaces, but it certainly has its own charm. The Fort has many structures of medieval India, which are worth exploring. It has several palaces, granary, well-planned cannon foundry, several temples and a tall tower. Jaigarh Fort used to serve as the center of artillery production for the Rajputs.
The highlight of this Fort is the massive cannon by the name of Jaivan, which was made in the same production house. Jaivan, the cannon, is believed to be the largest cannon in the World and the main attraction of the Jaigarh Fort. The Fort discloses the mastery over architecture of the former age. Jaigarh Fort has many wide water channels, which were a part of a rainwater harvesting system. The Fort also has 3 underground tanks, the largest one of which can store 60, 00,000 gallons of water. One can plan to visit the armory and museum, which are worth seeing.
The museum has a remarkable collection of coins, puppets, photographs of the royal kings, buildings, processions and even a circular pack of cards besides many other remnants of the past. The armory has numerous swords, shields, guns, muskets and even a 50 kg cannon ball, which would take you back to the gallantry days of the Kings. One can also see a few weather beaten sedan chairs and drums at the Shubhat Niwas or the Meeting Hall of Warriors. Above all, the Fort offers a wonderful view of the city below. Jaigarh Fort is a perfect destination for a traveler, interested in the majestic past of India.
Amber Palace Complex
Situated just over 10 kilometres away from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Delhi highway is Amber, which was the ancient capital of Jaipur State. A bus leaves from Hawa Mahal every 30 minutes and a well-laid out road takes the visitor out of the city and very soon one witnesses lush green hills. The complex of palaces, halls, pavilions, gardens and temples was built by Raja Man Singh, the Rajput commander of Akbar’s Army, Mirza Raja Jai Singh and Sawai Jai Singh, over a period of about two centuries.
The Amber Fort set in picturesque and rugged hills is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Constructed by Raja Man Singh I in 1589 and completed by Sawai Jai Singh I 1650 the fort is made in red sand stone and white marble. The rugged forbidding exterior belies an inner paradise with a beautiful fusion of art and architecture. Amber is the classic and romantic fort- palace with a magnificent aura. The interior wall of the palace depicts expressive painting scenes with carvings, precious stones and mirror settings. In the foreground is the Maota Lake providing a breathtaking look. Built mainly for the warring enemies as a safe place, the heavily structured walls could defend the residents within the ramparts of the fort.
All the means of survival & luxuries for the royal families and the people who were concerned with the functioning of this small kingdom of the Kachhawas were well provided. The Rajputs who had apparently won a small structure passed on by Meena tribes, later on renovated it into the grand Amber Fort. Holding a history so old as 7 centuries, this place vibrates with its legendry past, in the archaeological history. Although many of the early structures have been literally ruined but at the same time, those dating from the 16th century on are remarkably preserved by sincere efforts.
OPEN 9 AM to 4.30 PM
Entrance fee Rs 50 Video camera Rs 150