View of part of the city from the palace, Amber.
Photographer: Impey, Eugene Clutterbuck
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 80 albumen prints taken by Eugene Clutterbuck Impey. View of the town and surrounding countryside from the walls of the Amber Palace. Amber (or Amer) in Rajasthan, 11 kms north of Jaipur, was the seat of the Kacchwaha Rajputs and an important Rajput capital from 1037-1728. When Sawai Jai Singh II moved to the newly founded city of Jaipur in 1728 it lost its importance and became known more for its picturesque setting. Surrounded by rocky escarpments on which are built its fort and palace, Amber town clusters near Maota Lake. The Amber Palace complex was built along a north-south axis halfway up a hill over a period of 100 years. At the southern end is the original palace built by Akbar's celebrated general Man Singh I (ruled 1590-1614) and further additions were made in the 17th and 18th centuries. The structures show the cross-pollination of Mughal and Rajput styles. The palace gardens are laid out below near the lake. From here elephants make the ascent to the fort, which over looks the town, from where there is a magnificent view of the palace and the surrounding countryside