Amer Fort Sheesh Mahal (Mirror Palace) :
Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Palace is located in the inner courtyard of Amer fort. It’s walls and ceilings are all covered up with mirrors of all sizes. It is said that a single candle can light up the whole Sheesh Mahal as the mirrors are positioned at an angle that they reflect each other.
This is a very beautiful palace to see but very difficult to photograph as it reflects everything including the photographer or even people at the other side of the palace.
The Third Courtyard :
The third courtyard is where the private quarters of the Maharaja, his family and attendants were located. This courtyard is entered through the Ganesh Pol or Ganesh Gate, which is embellished with mosaics and sculptures. The courtyard has two buildings, one opposite to the other, separated by a garden laid in the fashion of the Mughal Gardens. The building to the left of the entrance gate is called the Jai Mandir, which is exquisitely embellished with glass inlaid panels and multi-mirrored ceilings. The mirrors are of convex shape and designed with coloured foil and paint which would glitter bright under candlelight at the time it was in use. Also known as Sheesh Mahal (mirror palace), the mirror mosaics and coloured glasses were a “glittering jewel box in flickering candle light”. Sheesh mahal was built by king Man Singh in 16th century and completed in 1727. It is also the foundation year of Jaipur state. However, most of this work was allowed to deteriorate during the period 1970–80 but has since then been in the process of restoration and renovation. The walls around the hall hold carved marble relief panels. The hall provides enchanting vistas of the Maota Lake.
More photos of Amer Fort here.
Our group trip photos in Instagram.