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The Amber Fort of Marble Claire Norton

If you look up towards the hilly mountain tops in Jaipur, you will stumble across the winding, great walls that lead to Amer Fort.

The Amer Fort also known as the Amber Fort for its amber-coloured appearance, was built in 1592.

Twice a year, thousands of Indians travel to take part in a pilgrimage to celebrate Dugna, the mother goddess who brings blessings to those who pay respect by laying down garlands of brightly coloured flowers, sweets and holy water from the sacred Ganges River. Many of these pilgrims brave the searing Indian heat and are offered shady tents, water and a free meal so they can all pay their respects.

Festival goers waiting in line

After waiting for hours, the pilgrims will be able enjoy cool breezes all the way from Delhi after it has rained. The design of the fort allows drafts to be picked up and carried all throughout each room which cools the temperatures right down. Our tour guide Devendra Singh Rathore, said that the fort was built with many courtyards with open spaces and high walls which trap cool breezes vertically is what makes the cool breezes flow.

“When the breeze comes down vertically in an open area, it maintains a high pressure of air and then that air flows from high pressure to low pressure which cools the rooms and corridors,” he said.

The opulent walls and flooring that decorate the fort, were all made from handcrafted white marble which was all sourced locally. To build and paint the entire fort took around 25 to 30 years. However, restoration on the fort is never-ending with people continuing to paint and conserve the marvellous amber palace.

“Whenever they find a small flower pattern or small patch of a damaged painting, they restore it imminently” Devendra said.

While restoring the fort, chipped white paint revealed an old painting that was covered up over the years to avoid the costs of up keep. The vivid paintings were only restored recently, and showed images of the god Krishna playing flute and women and cows enjoying the music. Krishna is the god of love and music which is befitting a fort so beautifully decorated and designed. With surrounding views and luxurious finishes, the fort is one of the most attractive buildings in Jaipur that will keep on amazing visitors and pilgrims for years to come.

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