We had a yummy breakfast consisting of a traditional honey pastry and the best lassi I have had yet. The lassi was extremely sweet, with a scoop of cream on top. Yum! Maybe tomorrow morning we can go back there again.
To get to the fortress, Adam, Andrew, my parents, and I took two rickshaws and met back at the top. At the fortress gates, we bought a ticket, a camera permit, and an audio tour for each of us. The architecture was spectacular. The fortress walls were covered in windows, each with beautifully detailed wooden shutters. Above the windows, were stone arches. The building was built into the cliff and the walls were very high. Inside the fortress, there were several open courtyards with long stairways leading into the many rooms and floors. The building was made mostly out of stone and wood. I was amazed at how much work went into building this massive and detailed fortress.
As we followed the tour deeper into the buildings, we learned several bits of history. We learned that over five hundred years, the fortress walls had never been penetrated. We heard that within a decorated section of the wall, a human had been buried alive as a sacrifice. We also saw holes in the walls where canons were said to have hit long ago. In the hay-day of this fort, armies used elephants to assail their enemies castles. I could just imagine a swarm of elephants and men attacking the doors of the palace! They also used elephants to carry important people. In the Fortress museum, we saw beautifully adorned seats that were placed on elephants to carry the important people. I learned that when the Maharaja (the Hindi term for King) died, they would burn his body. His widows (he often had several wives) would jump into the flames of their burning spouse. Wow, what a harsh tradition!
|A Bronze Seat for Riding on an Elephant|
The whole temple scene was quite interesting. However, we saw no monkeys! We were then lead by some local boys to a wooded area in the park and found monkeys cooling off in the shade. The monkeys had long, thin tails and were eating bananas. I did not know that monkeys truly ate bananas. I had just thought that this was a monkey stereotype, and that they actually ate nuts and other forest foods. Well, call me a monkey’s uncle!
We walked back to the hotel, ate a quick lunch, and came home to do my blog. I love Jodphor and will write more about the city tomorrow.
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