The third courtyard of the Amber Palace were the private quarters of the Maharaja, where his family and attendants were located. The courtyard has two buildings, one opposite to the other, separated by the garden laid in the fashion of a Mughal Garden. 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 Jaigarh Fort can be seen on the far hill above the Palace. [Wikipedia]
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