Amber Fort Elephant Ride

Amber Fort,  eleven kilometers from Jaipur, was originally a complex of palaces built in 1592 which was later fortified. Visitors can arrive by elephant or, if the elephants are not available, by taxi at the rear entrance.

Prem got us there a half hour after the palace opened, and the line waiting for the elephant ride was already impressively long. It moved quickly, but the bad thing about it was you were a captive audience for the many peddlers very aggressively hawking their goods. The line moved up a flight of stairs to a platform where you could easily flop onto the seat atop the elephant’s back.

Even on the ride up, you had guys on the walls along the way hollering at you. Really, does anyone ever stop their elephant on this busy path to do a little shopping?

In spite of the touts, it was a fun experience, and I’m glad I did it.

The dismount platform inside the fort.

A stream of visitors arrives at the fort by elephant.