Amber Fort, Jaipur, India

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The approach to the Amber Fort (also called Amer Fort) in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India is a gorgeous one. Leaving the city of Jaipur, you head towards Amer and are greeted by this stunning fort rising over the water. If you’re lucky in terms of sunshine, like I was, you can catch its reflection in the water. Amer/Amber derives its name from either the Ambikeshwar Temple (the local temple to the Hindu God Shiva) or from Amba, the Hindu Mother Goddess Durga. Originally built by Raja Man Singh in the late 900s, it was expanded on by other rulers including Jai Singh.  To enter the fort, you can ride an elephant up or can drive up most of the way and walk the remaining distance.