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Photo Essay: Is India’s Amber Palace Your Dream Home?

Architecture in India embraces arches!

Architecture in India embraces arches!

It’s weird looking at photos from a few months ago, before I became pregnant… I look so bite-sized tiny! But the fact remains that I have waterfalls more photos taken during our wonderful India teacher tour from earlier this year, and you shall have these pictures, even if it takes another year for me publish them all.

The palace spreads on and on...

The Amber Palace palace spreads on and on…

What we have here are the final photos from our tour of the Amer Fort, also known as the Amber Palace, right outside colorful Jaipur, India in the state of Rajasthan. When we last left off, my husband Colin, my little brother David, and the rest of the teachers on our tour had just climbed the mountain to the Amer Fort on the backs of elephants!

Is this a place you'd like to visit?

Is this a place you’d like to visit?

So the sights you see here are from the hours we spent in the vast Amber Palace (right after we found the best place in the world to do a funny Photobomb), gaping at the historic architecture dating to the year 1592 CE. Next to us were tourists from around the world. My favorite tourists, of course, are all those from India, as they are the best dressed! Saris are my favorite fashion on Earth.

The mountains make it more dramatic!

The mountains make the palace more dramatic.

So peruse these photos and ascertain: Is the Amber Palace your dream home, or do you prefer something a bit more petite? :)

Old fashioned "screens" to shield the beautiful ladies of the palace. So neat!

Old fashioned “screens” to shield the beautiful ladies of the palace. Love these.

Each piece of architecture in the Amber Palace is different.

Each piece of architecture in the Amber Palace is different.

The impressive view down from the palace.

The impressive view down from the palace.

Intricate detail graces each wall.

Intricate detail graces each wall.

India's Amer Fort is spectacular and vast.

India’s Amer Fort is spectacular and vast.

Posing as a statue.

Posing as a statue.

My little brother (left) and husband (middle) with a palace maintenance woman in awesome clothes.

My little brother (left) and husband (middle) with a palace maintenance woman in a great sari.

Women in saris looking out of a palace window.

Tourists in saris looking out of a palace window.

Lots of people in India and lots of tourists at the Amer Fort!

There are lots of people in India, and lots of tourists at the Amer Fort!

Just a small little garden...

Just a small little garden…

Tourists collapsing in the heat.

Tourists collapsing in the heat… of December.

Headed down from the palace.

Headed down from the palace., on foot this time instead of elephant.

Thanks for a lovely visit!

Thanks for a lovely visit, Amber Palace!

 

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aneesh ahmad

Monday 27th of January 2014

Great photos. This place truly is beautiful during the sunrise and set. I love waking up early as you get to experience so much more out of the day. The early morning light and sunrises are awesome.

Erik Tomren

Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Nice blog post! Very cool pictures.

amelie88

Sunday 20th of October 2013

I'm behind on some of your posts so I only just saw this. Not sure if you watch Game of Thrones, but this totally reminds me of it (and I'm finally caught up on season 3 and watched the Red Wedding episode everybody was freaking out over months ago)! Especially of the Daenerys Targaryen story arc since she is in the more "exotic" part of that world. Throw in a couple of dragons and you're all set!

These pictures are gorgeous, loving the mountains dramatically rising in the fog in the background.

Lillie

Monday 21st of October 2013

Ah! We are huge Game of Thrones fans and just watched that (intense!) episode. You're right that this castle would fit right in!

Deb

Wednesday 9th of October 2013

Oh Man! That's beautiful. We had it the travel wall by the time we hit Jaipur and ended up spending five days there doing nothing. We got a nice hotel and locked ourselves indoors save for going to McDonalds and the coffee shop around the corner for lattes and newspaper. It's terrible I know, but we had been in India at that time for over two months and were exhausted. Dave was extremely sick in Bikenir where we were stuck for another five days earlier after a camel safari because he was too sick to travel, so by the time we got to Jaipur, we were done. I wish we would have mustered up some energy to go see the Amber Palace, but we didn't. Oh well, I guess we'll just have to go back.

Lillie

Wednesday 9th of October 2013

Aw, sorry to hear that, but if there's one thing I've learned during my travel time, it's that you can't do everything, and sometimes rest is mandatory! There are far too many sights to see in India (not to mention the WORLD) to ever do them justice, so it's all good! :)

Shannon at Beginnings in Bayern

Monday 23rd of September 2013

Beautiful pictures! We are thinking about going to India in December and your travel posts are making it seem even more enticing! Did you have to get any shots before you went?

Lillie

Monday 23rd of September 2013

Thanks! This post details the many preparations for India are in this post: https://aroundtheworldl.mystagingwebsite.com/2012/12/09/to-do-before-india-travel/ . Happy travels!

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