Posted by: travelrat | January 17, 2019

Amber Fort

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Amber Fort: 26th September 2018

Our first visit today was to Amber, the former capital of Rajastan. The city is dominated by the Amber Fort, a hilltop complex that was both palace and defensive work. For a long time, the only way up was to climb a series of steps, or ride up on the back of an elephant. But now, there’s a motorable road, along which operates a shuttle service of Mahendra jeeps.

The elephant ride is still an option, but our tour company stopped offering this some time ago, because they had concerns about the treatment and welfare of the elephants. That’s a concern I share; I’ve been trying to find out if there is a humane and ethical way of training elephants, but, so far, I haven’t found a satisfactory answer.

So, once inside, you can admire the superb architecture and the views … and I’m afraid I’d need to know much more about Indian history and culture to explain more. But, I’ll put a slide show up next week, and hope that describes the grandeur more than mere words can.

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