One more must see in Jaipur is Amber Fort and Palace. The most popular way to get up the hill is by elephant. Otherwise you will walk up the incline to the palace yourself while dodging elephant poop.
Our tour included the elephant ride and we waited in this long line for our turn.
In retrospect the whole experience made me uncomfortable. They told us that the elephants only go up the hill maximum of 3 times a day (thus why you can only catch a ride until 11:00 am), but my gut feeling is that it isn’t a great life for the elephants. The ride was awkward and uncomfortable and I emotionally felt bad about it the whole time. Between all that and the time we wasted in line for the ride I wish we would have just walked up the hill.
Oh course while we were in line we were harrassed to buy everything.
These cheaply made umbrellas were popular to block the sun during the elephant ride. It does make a charming photo opportunity.
Elephants on the incline.
Getting on. The elephants are decorated in paints.
Great views on the top.
Once up top it was worth the wait. The palace is beautiful.
Seesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors)
Most impressive is the mirror decor in the palace of mirrors. Little pieces of mirrors glisten with the natural light. It is almost majestic. Quite a sight to see with your eyes but not as easy to capture the intensity with the camera.
Even we are part of the decor….
From the terraces you have views that are fit for a king.
Overlooking the nearby gardens.
And gardens within the fort.
One can see Jaigarh Fort off in the distance.
On our way back to the hotel we stopped for a photo opportunity with this palace in the water. I am not sure one is able to visit the palace but it is nice to look at from afar. It was a nice end to our sightseeing day.