Although constructed in the 16th century, Amer Palace (also pronounced and spelled Amber Fort) near Jaipur, India, is awash in colorful, well-preserved decoration — even today. Incredible facades and niches bear intricately painted frescoes, panels of marble inlay, and reliefs like this flowered one in the Hall of Mirrors.
Ganesh Pol (or Ganesh Gate) named after the Hindu god Lord Ganesh (who removes all obstacles in life) leads you to the inner chambers of the royal family — or what remains of that space. Typified by symmetry in architecture and detailed reliefs, the Gate is a popular gathering spot at Amber Fort and known for its detailed, decorative facade.
Inside, the Hall of Mirrors (Sheesh Mahal), embellished with tiny mirror tiles and mosaics, glows even in the daytime, but at night with candles lit, becomes a “glittering jewel box.” (Wikipedia)
Visit Amber Fort for the structure, history, and even an elephant ride. But get your camera ready. This oldest surviving palace in India has some of the most elegant, historic decorations anywhere.
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