India: Day 5 (Part 2)

June 17, 2010

I must preface this post with admitting that I had no idea what to expect regarding the Amber Fort and to be honest my mind was completely focused on the elephant ride that I would soon be taking.  To my surprise, the Amber Fort was mindblowingly gorgeous!  The normal adjectives that travelers use to describe the awesomeness of something simply fail in this case.

The thing one initially notices when gazing upon the Amber Fort is the way the sun illuminates its color.  If I were a poet I would definitely be inspired to write a poem about this phenomenon.

Like most monuments in India, this one was quiet large and protected by a wall that closely resembled the Great Wall of China.

As we got closer, I began to see the elephants and I wanted to forget about the group I was with and run to them!  I have no idea why I am so obsessed with elephants, but I have been for years and my fondness for them only grows deeper by the day.

I have had the good fortune to have ridden an elephant prior to this trip in Thailand.  It was an incredible experience and I knew that this would be too, how could it not be with this equation: elephant ride + stunning scenery = Andi heaven.

Unfortunately, we had to wait about thirty minutes before we could start the ride, but I sucked it up and decided to use the time to photograph my surroundings.

While I was looking for things to photograph I noticed a doorway where the elephants were passing by and it made for some incredible shots, in fact they are some of my favorite from the entire trip.

And then before I knew it, it was time for my elephant ride. . .

47 thoughts on “India: Day 5 (Part 2)

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  2. Abby

    I love the doorway shots! I am a huge fan of taking shots through windows and doors, but yours are especially spectacular. I was actually scared the one time I rode an elephant, which surprised me more than anyone. I need to try again. You’re so cute — I love you “sucking it up” and taking amazing photographs, but really just passing the time to your elephant ride!

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  4. sofia

    I went for an elephant ride up to the Amber Fort too! 😀
    I actually thought it was pretty comfy, I wouldn’t mind transporting myself with that 😉
    I loved how they had decorated the elephants, it was so beautiful!

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  5. Sally

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