Amber Fort. One can take a jeep to go up the hill to the gate, or once a day, ride the elephant.
About a dozen km from Jaipur is Jaigarh Fort (victory fort) overlooking Amber Fort. Jaigarh Fort is high on the ridge of a hill, and was a military citadel. There was a huge canon preserved on top of the fort. Along the out-facing walls were openings where the soldiers could defend the fort without being hit by invading armies. There were also places where they would send trained monkeys to carry hot oils to pour down and the people below. Along the ridges of the mountains, there were additional structures reminding me of the Great Wall of China, and served similar purposes of defense. The fort was expensive, we were only able to visit about half of it beause the other half was being used for a movie location at the time of our visit.
A detail of the palace of mirrors in Amber Fort.
There were many long tailed monkeys running about the fort. We have seen monkeys frequently since arriving in India. Along the road coming up the mountain were many peacocks and peahens. The peacocks did not have the long tail feathers because it was not breeding season, but they were still very pretty to look at.
Amber Fort has palaces and courtyards and is more than just a fort, it is located lower down, however.
We visited a jewelry store in the afteroon, where they showed workers making jewelry in the basement factory.
For dinner we went to a Cultural Village of many local people. It was a tourist place. But most tourists look to be Indians. They had various stations, where one can sit and watch the show.
Reception area of the cultural village.
One little boy spinned on top of a pole, a local magician showing his magic basket and disappearing boy, a couple of gypsy women dancing, elephant and ox cart rides, etc. We arrived just before sunset, and the mosquitos were out in force, each person had a cloud of them above his or her head! We were busy using bug sprays or cover our heads. After seeing a few shows, we went into the dining room, where we had to take off our shoes again, and sit on the floor for diner. We were kind of wary of what was being served, since for the most part, we couldn't tell what we were eating, but were told it is vegetarian. We also thought we had to eat with our fingers at first, but they did provide a plastic spoon for each of us. The server was sometimes using his left hand to serve us, and we were wondering if we were being insulted without knowing... or these people had different customs.