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Friday, 23 December 2011

Amber Fort - Jaipur

Raja Man Singh built Amer Palace in 16th century. It is a mesmerizing blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Rajputs made use of this Amber Fort from the 16th century up to the foundation of Jaipur in 1727. The Amber Fort was used by the Rajputs both for defense purpose as well as the residential purposes. Thus within its mighty walls, one finds charming gardens and magnificent palaces made from marble and precious stones, richly decorated with intricate stonemason works and paintings, which represented royal splendor and luxury.
Situated at Jaipur, the reflection of Amber Fort in the lake below looks almost divine. It is not at all surprising to know that this majestic and stately fort was once the Capital of Minas. Amer Fort houses Jai Mandir, a famous temple which has Sheesh Mahal, a beautiful hall of mirrors that are so artistically set that even a tiny ray of light gets reflected in the mirrors and illumines the hall dazzlingly. Sheesh Mahal is famous all over the world as one of the most desirable tourist attraction. Other places of interest in this fort are Sukh Niwas and Ganesh Pole. 

Bekal Fort - Bombay Tu hi re was shot here

 According to Bekal Rama Nayak, a local Kannada writer, the word, Bekal is derived from the word Baliakulam, meaning Big Palace.  The place is said to have been the seat of a big palace in the past.  The term Baliakulam got corrupted as Bekulam and later as Bekal.
 It was usual in older days for every royal palace to be protected by a fort.  The Bekal for might have, therefore, existed even from early days of the Chirakkal Rajas. While giving   a description of the Kolathiri Kingdom   in his Kerala History, K.P. Padmanabha Menon writes;  “The eldest of the male members reigned as sovereign Kolathiri.  The next in succession, the heir apparent, was the Thekkelamkur.  The residence assigned to him was the Vadakara fort.