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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Amber/Amer Fort

One of the biggest issues with not wanting to hang around an area because you have another agenda, is discovering extremely interesting, cool, and/or amazing elements in the history and the landscape. Honestly, I did not want to take a tour of the Golden Triangle of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. I wanted to leave Delhi for Dharamsala. But the travel agent I spoke to dissuaded me in that I'd wind up paying more for last-minute trains and that from what he could make out, the buses were booked and a flight would be exorbitant.

Well, it doesn't take a genius to see that I was being sold a certain amount of bullsh-, uh, folderol. But I decided that maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to get the real touristic stuff out of the way. As you can see from the other posts, I had a pretty good time and with each new site, felt like and still feel, that some areas need to be revisited.

Amber/Amer Fort is most assuredly one of them. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail because I didn't see much of the site. I did go see the Light and Sound Show (see the night photos) which is a telling of the Fort's (and for that matter, much of Rajasthan's) history. It's actually pretty well-done with some terrific sound and a genuinely engaging story (duh). I recommend it, if you're in the area; but I think what the Fort really calls for is several hours of exploration.

Following are images from a distance; both in the afternoon and at night.

This is the last post about Jaipur. Next up is Fetahpur Sikri which captured my imagination with a very engaging guide and then, I'll do the wrap up with the Taj Mahal which I really didn't feel like I needed to see at this point (but heck, if you're there, you might as well). As it is, I could barely see it, but that'll make more sense when you see what I mean.

1 comment:

  1. Great post, John. I had gone to Amber fort in the daytime. So I got different photographs. But the evening pictures out here are great. All the best.