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Amber Fort
This morning I woke to a squealing pig which seem to be coming from the other side of the wall outside my window, it didn't sound happy.  When I mentioned it at breakfast to the others, 2 of the girls said  it woke them up too and it was squealing becuase it was being slaughtered ! they could see it from their window, I'm glad I was on the ground floor.  So today was a trip to the Amber Fort.  A private bus picked us up outside the hotel and took us to the fort.  In the carpark where the bus dropped us off was a snake charmer and was quite demanding in wanting money so we ignored him.  The fort looked quite majestic up on the hill and very pink and yellow.  To get to the fort we had to cross over a bridge which had a lake one side and laws the other.
Snake charmer near Amber Fort
  On the lawns sat ladies in their colourful attire pulling at the grass, I was wondering what they were doing then I realised what they were cutting the grass !  obviously lawn mowers hadn't quite reached India yet !! The winding cobbled road that lead up to the fort was dominated by brightly coloured painted elephants carrying  tourists, at that point the way I was feeling I too wanted to be one of those  tourists and hop on an elephant, but I chose to take the steps and walk up with the others.  I was last to the top and puffing and wheezing, with this chest cold these hills were punishing.  We gathered inside the courtyard to meet our guide who would be taking us around the fort.  As the guide was trying to talk to us annoying persistent sellers were hanging around thank god they wern't allowed in the actual fort itself.
Ladies cutting the grass by hand outside Amber Fort
  Inside the fort was a maze of red sandstone and marble buildings, walls were decorated with inlaid paintings and ceilings were richly decorated with gold leaf and a multitude of small mirrors.  The archways and lattice windows provide good views over the city and lake.  The nearby hill had a wall that ran its length so we joked it looked like the great wall of China.  The fort is rather large and you need to give it plenty of time to explore at least half a day.  On getting back to our bus a young boy was invited onboard with us by our tour leader.  He entertained us with magic tricks so we all gave him some money and dropped him off at our next stop the Lake Palace.  The Palace was out on a lake so it was more of a photo opportunity than a visit, a brightly dressed camel caught my eye so I took a happy snap of him.
The lake and Amber Fort
  The sellers around here are as persistent as always they know tourists get off here so they hang around waiting for their prey !  We were finally dropped off in the city where we had free time, most of the group wanted to goto the money changer so we stood outside Thomas Cook waiting for each and everyone to change their money and its here I started to feel really ill.  I was bending over near a tree wanting to be sick so the tour leader organised a bicyle rickshaw to take me back to the hotel.  So my afternoon was spent in the hotel sleeping, I think the Amber Fort was the icing on the cake, I needed rest now to fight off this virus.
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Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Snake charmer near Amber Fort
Snake charmer near Amber Fort
Ladies cutting the grass by hand o…
Ladies cutting the grass by hand …
The lake and Amber Fort
The lake and Amber Fort
Elephants take tourists up to Ambe…
Elephants take tourists up to Amb…
Elephants take tourists up to Ambe…
Elephants take tourists up to Amb…
Elephants take tourists up to Ambe…
Elephants take tourists up to Amb…
Me inside Amber Fort
Me inside Amber Fort
The central courtyard in Amber Fort
The central courtyard in Amber Fort
Elephant columns in Amber Fort
Elephant columns in Amber Fort
View of a nearby hill with a Grea…
View of a nearby hill with a 'Gre…
Cleaning ladies pose for me, Amber…
Cleaning ladies pose for me, Ambe…
Lovely painted window arches, Ambe…
Lovely painted window arches, Amb…
Colourful inlaid designs, Amber Fo…
Colourful inlaid designs, Amber F…
Inside Amber Fort
Inside Amber Fort
Two love birds ! Amber Fort
Two love birds ! Amber Fort
A lady in her colourful Sari, Ambe…
A lady in her colourful Sari, Amb…
Inside Amber Fort
Inside Amber Fort
Outside walls of Amber Fort
Outside walls of Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Lovely dome inside Amber Fort
Lovely dome inside Amber Fort
Brightly painted walls inside Ambe…
Brightly painted walls inside Amb…
Latice windows, Amber Fort
Latice windows, Amber Fort
Mirrored designs, Amber Fort
Mirrored designs, Amber Fort
Impressive mirrored ceiling inside…
Impressive mirrored ceiling insid…
Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Decorative walls and ceilings insi…
Decorative walls and ceilings ins…
Lovely Indian archways and decorat…
Lovely Indian archways and decora…
Coloured glass is also used inside…
Coloured glass is also used insid…
A Jain style temple taken from Amb…
A Jain style temple taken from Am…
Locals washing down on the lake
Locals washing down on the lake
Lady cutting the grass by hand !
Lady cutting the grass by hand !
A young boy entertains us with som…
A young boy entertains us with so…
Lake Palace
Lake Palace
A well dressed camel !
A well dressed camel !
Food stall
Food stall
Hawal Mahal, Palace of the winds
Hawal Mahal, Palace of the winds
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