I have always told my friends that India is a beautiful and majestic place. Through these years, I have visited countless palaces, castles and forts. Not many are as memorable as Amber Fort in Jaipur, the Pink City.
From the Hall of Public Audience where the king would listen to the general public complain, to the small tunnels where it is said his wives had to walk through as they could not be seen by outsiders (or it has also been said it is for the king to visit a wife without others knowing which one he was visiting), to the small quarters the wives had stayed in along with the one and only item that they could bring with them when marrying into the Fort, there is so much to explore.
No cars are allowed near Amber Fort, so we had taken an electric jeep up to the Fort and sat on the backs of elephants to go downhill, feeling like we had really stepped into the past. Rhythmic and soothing, I was almost rocked to sleep. Now that I know what torture elephants have to go through to be tamed for any work, I would absolutely not recommend this particular experience. Hey, walking downhill may turn out to be a great experience too.
In any case, there is more to India than Taj Mahal. Make sure you engage a guide to let you in on the stories and secrets of the past and you will not regret going to Amber Fort.
Before jetting off to India, do read our 9 tips for travelling in Incredible India.