As usual, that day we hit an early bird again. We had barely a day to visit Jaipur, since at half past five in the afternoon our train left in the direction of Kota to go to Bundi. For that reason, we ordered breakfast so that at 7.30 am I was ready. However, when we went down to the dining room very timely, they were just starting to prepare it and, instead of leaving at 8 am as we had planned, we left the hotel around 8.30 am.
In the same hotel, we asked if they could call us at a tuk-tuk to have it during the day and thus not waste time haggling. In the end, we agreed that we would be with him from 8.30 to 16.30. We climbed the three in the vehicle and headed for our first morning destination: the strong amber. It was Sunday and at that time of the morning there was hardly anyone in the street. As it was cold, we had to snuggle between us to get a little warm. Our driver's name was Sameer, a young but uncertain boy who had his tuk-tuk tuned with a sound equipment worthy of MTV Tunning and that occupied all the space dedicated to the trunk. And so, we meandered through the half-empty streets of Jaipur to the sound of Manu Chao, which was totally surreal.
It took about 20 minutes to reach the fort. Sameer parked and told us that the time it would take would wait for us there. One of the things that Mireia had in mind from the beginning when planning the trip was the ride elephant in the fort. Indeed, it is one of the most expensive tourists in India, but what are we if you are not mere tourists? So we went straight to look for an elephant.
The problem was that we were wrong on the way and we ended up in the middle of the ramp where the elephants went up and down. Instead of telling us to get out of there before some pachyderm crushed us, the drivers told us to descend half a kilometer until we reached the platform where you got on the animal. So, for 500 meters, we committed the recklessness of walking among elephants as if we were walking along the Ramblas.
Upon arriving at the platform, there was a long line of tourists waiting anxiously to climb the animal on duty. The price is fixed: 900 rupees for a maximum of two people. Since there were three of us, Mireia and Sonia went up to one together and the other went up by myself. Since I had space to spare, I stretched which one maharani and I prepared to enjoy the ascent to the fort, but it seems that I became too comfortable and ended up being the attraction of the tourists that surrounded me, because they did not stop taking pictures.
My moment of fame was truncated when the elephant driver asked me if I liked animals. Faced with such a question, innocent of me, I said yes and the driver began to give me the stick that I had a company that organized safaris and that if I wanted to do one and such and which non stop. When I told him that I was not interested, then he began to tip me incessantly, although there was a huge sign that clearly informed that elephant drivers should not be tipped (I imagine because it was already more than included in the 900 rupees it was worth the little walk).
By 250 rupees We decided to hire the official guide that was offered to us at the entrance, since we wanted to know better the history of the fort. The guides only speak English, so I acted as interpreter of all the explanations that the guide was giving me. However, my translations had my personal touch and, on more than one occasion, Mireia and Sonia started laughing without the guide knowing why.
Formerly, Amber It was the capital of the state of Jaipur. The city was surrounded by a wall, inside which housed the palace-fort (Amber) and a military fort (Jai). The palace was ordered to build the Marajá Man Singh in 1592, Rajbar commander of Akbar and was successively extended until its completion in the seventeenth century, already during the government of Jai Singh I. However, the walls remained small and began to scarce the water and that is when Jai Singh II moved the capital to Jaipur in 1727.
We climbed the steps that led to the Ganesh Pol's door, door of the entrance to the palace and we access a courtyard where there was a room (Divan-i-Am) where the marajá He gave his audience. A few meters further inside, we expected the Jai Mandir, the royal council room or hall of mirrors. Undoubtedly, that room is what I liked most about the fort even though it couldn't be seen from inside. The room is covered in white marble and has mirrors embedded in the walls. In fact, it is currently not possible to access it because people ripped off mirrors and embedded stones to take them as it would happen. Formerly, at night the room was illuminated with oil lamps and the wind, when rocking them, gave it a special lighting thanks to the reflection of the mirrors.
Then we visited the palace women area, its rooms and the patio. The best thing about the fort is to get lost in its corridors and explore it calmly, which we couldn't do because the guide took us at two hundred an hour. At the exit there were a little expensive souvenir stops, but as Mireia left the next day, we stopped to do some shopping, such as incense and puppets of the Rajasthan. Then, in the museum shop, we took the opportunity to buy some postcards and the occasional book. My advice is that if you can avoid it, do not buy anything there because it is hypercarious.
Later, while we were going to the parking lot, a few photographers approached us to try to sell us the photos they had taken during the climb with the elephant, and in the end I bought one of my photos for 40 rupees because I knew that it is difficult to get focused photos while you ride elephant.
We went back to rickshaw and took us to him Gatore Ki Chhatriyan museum, although we have not just discovered what treasures it exhibited because we did not feel like wasting the few hours we had in Jaipur inside a museum. Therefore, we told the driver to continue with the route. Then we set course to the sanctuary of the monkeys, a kind of small temple on top of a hill that offers great views of Jaipur. Unfortunately, due to pollution we could barely see the city.