Friday, February 02, 2007

The Sheesh Mahal at Amer Fort

One thing we regretted during our visit to the Amer Fort was not taking a guide outside. We were convinced we would find one inside at a lower rate. As luck would have it, we did not find one inside. So as we moved from one part of the fort to the other we had no idea of what it was we were actually looking at or what the stories behind the walls were.

My husband and brother-in-law, however, resorted to a sneaky way of getting the information. In order to catch snippets of guide talk, they would walk close to the guides who were with other people and try to eavesdrop on their stories.

And it is through this channel that we found that the chambers we had been marvelling at the most were those of the "Sheesh Mahal" - some sort of victory hall.

While there is no more information I have on these halls, I really did like 2 particular sections - one was the mirror inlaid walls and ceiling and the other one was the wall with the painted blue and yellow vases.

What would be really good though is if these places could provide some sort of pamphlet (along with the entry tickets) talking about the history and significance of the site. I know - that would still not provide all the juicy, fictitious stories that get passed from one generation of guides to the other, but it would atleast give some historical facts on the place.


Mridula said...

I too loved the look of Sheesh Mahal and the way it reflects light if someone lights a match inside.

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Sigma said...

Very nice pictures. I loved the last one - with the yellow and blue vases. Makes me want to go there right away !!

Sometimes I find it surprising that we are able to plan and go to places which are a little far away, but the ones that are literally in the backyard remain on a backseat! Although I have been to Jaipur as a child, but I have almost no memories of that visit. And in the last 6-7 years that I am in Delhi, a Jaipur visit is always in the "to-do" list, but hasnt actually happened.