The Amber Fort, or more correctly, the Amer Fort is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India. It overlooks the Maota Lake and is a major attraction with it’s Hindu decoration, large ramparts and cobbled walkways and courtyards. It is built of yellow sandstone and marble giving rise to the misnomer Amber. It lies about 11km from Jaipur.
Panna Meena ka Kund – a stepwell
Panna Meena Ka Kund is also known as Panna Mian Ki Baoli. An eight storey step well located on the way to the Amer Fort. Stepwells are filled in the rainy season and the steps allow the locals access to the water. It was built in the 16th century. As you can see it has criss-cross steps arranged on three sides creating small niches in the walls. It was also the place where the community gathered and where people would come to chat, swim and relax. Panna Meena Ka Kund has become one of the most visited tourist spots in and around Jaipur.
Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan
Gaitore is a tourist attraction near Jaipur, Rajasthan, know for its beautiful blend of Islamic and Hindu style of architecture. Gaitore’s correct pronunciation is ‘Gaye ka Thor’ which means resting place of departed souls. These cenotaphs or ‘Chattris’ (chattris means dome or umbrella) are also known as Gaitore Chattris. Located at a distance of 15km from Jaipur city, on Jaipur-Amber road, Gaitore is the royal crematorium of Maharajas’. This cremation site has many cenotaphs for each Maharaja of Jaipur. There are three main areas to see and for once the admission price was the same for tourists as it is for Indian citizens.
You can see more of the India photos by going to the menu above or visiting my FLICKR page.