Our first stop was a 20 minute elephant ride up the Amber Fort. Now, I am not afraid of a lot, but something about sitting on the back of an elephant looking at the scene below as my foot touched the wall freaked me out a bit. Just a bit.
At the top we ran into some traditional dancers that were filming a commercial, they were kind enough to pose for a picture.
The fort was extremely impressive, but the icing on the architectural cake was the 'wall of mirrors'.
Pictures do not even do this wall justice. Imagine thousands of mirrors cut in geometric shaped that are over hundreds of years old, yet they are sparkling like they were placed their yesterday.
I also got henna (mendi) done. Henna is pipped onto hands and feet and is usually done for weddings in India, although here in the UAE it can be done just for fun. The henna is pretty much herbs that are ground up into a paste and pipped out onto your skin in various designs. You wait until it is dry and leave it on for about an hour before you wash it off. The henna usually lasts a week before it starts to fade.
One of my favorite pictures from this day was take in front of the 'winter' door.
This stunning piece of architecture is know as the Palace of the Winds. Granted it is not a palace but more of a wall that is composed of 953 windows. This was was created so that women of the royal court could look out at the streets below because they were not allowed to go out in the streets.
Next stop Goa.