On Day 2 of our wonderful trip, TP and I got a little adventurous.
I almost wept for the opportunities we have in India (and do not 'use') to preserve our history. The (Masada) fortress is splendid, undoubtedly. Situated on the top of a mountain, it has a superb 360 deg view. It has a bathing chamber, a synagogue, several storerooms and cisterns, but well, after traveling to the Daulatabad fortress and the off-beat Chitradurga Fort, it was difficult for me to be impressed (note, I haven't even mentioned Red Fort or Agra Fort). All our forts also have the same features. What is common to these forts and is remarkable is how well they've withstood the ravages of time and what architectural marvels they are.
Interestingly, all tourist points in Israel exit into a Souvenir shop. Carried away by the multi-media presentations, well laid out paths, excellent tour guides and signs, well maintained restrooms and the overwhelming 'Jew' pride, most tourists spend a bomb in here... we had a lovely time walking around of course.
We took a bus from Masada to the lovely Ein Bokek.... DEAD SEA!!!
We headed back to Jerusalem and then out to Mamilla mall for a bit of shopping.
With lighter wallets, smiles on our faces and food in our bellies, we headed back to Addar, ready to crash.
Moral of the story: Never miss an occasion to shop, never miss an occasion to announce you are Indian!