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Photography - Floating Garden - Amer Fort 007

Amer Fort Lake With Floating Garden :

While riding the elephant up to the Amer fort we passed the lake with the floating garden called Dil-e-Aaram garden which means “Comfort Of The Heart”. It’s very beautiful, unfortunately the season (March) was a dry season hence the lake water was very-very low.

The Amber Fort stands on a steep hillside and rises above the waters of the Maotha Lake, an artificial lake that also worked as a water reservoir for the dry months. Access to the fort goes  through the Dil-e-Aaram Garden, which is – like all the other gardens in the Amber Fort – built in the traditional Mughal style based on the Islamic concept of chahar bagh (originally from Persian and also spelled charbagh), a “four garden” that represents the Islamic paradise garden with its four waterways. These gardens are defined by their central water source and their quadripartite design, in which each section is further divided into a series of geometric beds.

Climbing up the road to the fort, the Kesar Kyari (saffron garden) slowly comes visible, floating like a huge Persian carpet on a large stone terrace rising up from the center of the lake. According to our guide and other sources, the Kesar Kyari was planted with saffron (Crocus) plants so that their scent could waft up to the palace – a strange story for a gardener, as crocuses don’t have especially strong scent, and the season of such a planting would have been only very few weeks a year.
Inside the palace, behind a a series of corridors and archways, lies another chahar bagh garden with parterresi built in n white marble that form hexagrams and other complicated patterns. Even here the most dominant motif is a star, a symbol of intellectual powers and life itself for the garden’s ancient Mughal and Rajput inhabitants.

More photos of Amer Fort here.

Our group trip photos in Instagram.

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