|Amer Fort: That’s me in green! Picture credit: Priyada|
A red sandstone beauty; majestic in its grandeur with its unique blend of Muslim and Hindu architecture and fine white marble pavilions is a sight to behold. As a child, I used to run around playing hide and seek with my many cousins and as an adult I learnt to listen to the tour guide to know its colourful history. Built on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of the Eagles) the Amer for also known as the Amber Palace has a secret subterranean passage connecting it to the Jaigarh Fort as an escape route for the royal family during times of the war.
|Jal Mahal, Jaipur Picture credit Nithya|
I had the unique opportunity of visiting the Jal Mahal a few years ago when its restoration was just on the verge of completion. The Jal Mahal, once considered to be a fine blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture, had fallen to a state of disrepair until the Government of Rajasthan, in collaboration with a few like-minded individuals, decided to restore it to its former glory. After years of extensive research and back breaking work, the Jal Mahal, which has four floors under the lake, was made accessible to visitors for a few days.