DAY 3: 9:00 AM – Amber Fort
August 15, 2015. Call time was 9:00 AM for the third day and final leg of the Golden Triangle tour. The driver was already at the parking at 9:00AM. Breakfast at the KK Royal was okay. Food attendant would ask you how your eggs are done and he would cook it the way you want them. As usual no rice on the breakfast menu. Check-out was quick. Hotel staff were helpful in getting you in and out of the property. There was free wifi all over the hotel. Their Hyderabadi biryani was reasonably priced and deliciously hot and spicy.
The same local guide was already waiting at the foot of the Amber Fort to start the final itinerary of the tour – climbing our way up by a 30-min elephant ride. There were many groups of tourists mainly coming from Europe and some locals. Several of them were from Italy. The elephant ride was bumpy so you would need to be careful not to fall and be trampled by the mammoth. There were many local photographers who would like to have your photographs taken while riding the elephant en route to the Sun Gate of the Amber Fort so it would be up to you if you want. The Amber Fort was empty as expected but it was one huge fortress to behold. The walls around the fort extend around 28 kilometers. Lake Maota is situated at the frontier of the fort which served then as the water source. I was consumed by the information from the local guide I failed to take photograph of the whole fort from its base. It was, however, a worth sight after a long drive from Agra.
Left Amber Fort in Jaipur past 12:00 PM for the return trip to Delhi. Distance from Jaipur to Delhi is 268 km by car and the roads are not well-paved. Mr. Singh handily squeezed his way through big trucks and trailers amidst heavy rains back to the capital. I slept through the traffic that was caused by these trucks and by around 4:00PM we arrived at the aerocity in Delhi and checked-in to my third hotel – Red Fox Hotel. We were supposed to go to India Gate for a short visit and then to pass through Chandni Chowk, but it was still raining heavily the driver said he would not go. I could have called GetsHolidays but I was dead tired from travel I decided to just rest at the hotel. The Red Fox hotel is of modern type, quite big for a budget hotel alongside Holiday Inn and JW Marriot hotels inside the aerocity. Downside was that there was no money-changing service in the reception or anywhere inside the hotel. The room is enough for one guest, with hot/cold shower, a small couch and a table, and a flat TV. The in-room dinner was reasonably priced and delicious.