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    • Day48

      Indien Tag 21

      February 17, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Start in den Tag:

      Tag in 6 Worten:
      ▪️Sightseeing with Gani
      ▪️Poor Elephants ☹️🐘 & Behind the Bollywood Movie Scenes
      ▪️Heritage Village Textile (in Handarbeit gefertigte Stoffe 😍) ➡️ erneuter Besuch notwendig sobald das Themenzimmer unseres B&B's gestaltet werden kann
      ▪️Tuk Tuk Fahrt durchs "Kriesengebiet" 😁
      ▪️Tote Hosen gehört 😍

      Was hat uns heute ein Lächeln auf die Lippen gezaubert:
      Herzlicher Tuk Tuk Fahrer.

      🕗 Cheese Omelette with coffee
      🕗 Cheese Sandwich with coffee
      🕐 Veg Fried Rice with dal, lemon soda
      🕐 Uttapam, lemon soda
      🕕 Grilled Veg. Sandwich
      🕧 Chicken Club Sandwich

      Besondere Begegnungen:
      Ein Inder der jetzt unter mir schläft hat uns bestimmt 2 Stunden lang über den Bildungs- und Anstellungsstatus seiner Familie aufgeklärt. 😁 Zum Glück hat er ein ganz schlechtes Englisch gesprochen, was die Sache gezogen hat wie Kaugummi.

      Fortbesuche lohnen sich nicht! Viel zu teuer und überfüllt.
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      Sieht doch cool aus im Fort


      Den Raum hat auch niemand gefunden 😁


      So ein schönes Foto! 😊


      Dankeschöön 🤩🤗

    • Day28


      December 10, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      This was really special - Jaipur in general has been special, just very expensive lol.

      We got to spend time with this beautiful creature called Gori. She was a rescue elephant like all the elephants there in this enclosure. So it was good to support the place, they had around 30 elephants so none of them were overworked and they were treated well.

      You could choose your activity depending on your budget, we really wanted to paint the elephant. Never will we have a canvas as cool as this ever again. Really amazing to spend time with the elephant and be super close to her for a few hours. AMAZING EXPERIENCE
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      I'm so not jealous really not at all Co.


      Both gorgeous

    • Day6


      February 28, 2020 in India ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

      Lesley and I have had a complete change of scene today, by visiting an Elephant sanctuary.
      It is set just outside Jaipur and a driver took us and brought us back. We passed right through the middle of the old city, which was thronged with people and vehicles in every direction. Progress was slow, but it did enable us to gaze with fascination on everyday Indian life. By the end of the day there is rubbish everywhere. No one seems to think it would be a good idea to tidy up or take it home, but apparently it is collected from the streets overnight. We found this hard to believe, but it was in fact the case as we saw this morning. Please don’t run away with the idea that it was pristine first thing, just a slight improvement!
      We encountered several weddings and when I asked whether it was usual to have weddings midweek, our driver replied that there was no particular day, but that the couple would consult an astrologer who would advise as to the most auspicious day for their union. This is clearly a good day for many.
      On arriving at the sanctuary we were warmly welcomed and introduced to five female Asian elephants. We were to look after Simpha. She is forty six years old and brought up by the family who runs the farm. They have twenty four elephants at the moment, some are theirs and others have been rescued and they have taken them in. We started by getting up close and personal! Elephants have poor eyesight and can only see 20-25 yards ahead, but their hearing and sense of smell is acute. We were encouraged to stroke and talk to her, which would enable her to get to know us. Her mahout told us that by the end of the afternoon she would be our true friend and if we were to return five years later, she would know us. Elephants are very intelligent animals and have a prodigious memory. It was then feeding time and we fed her sugar cane. You have to place the cane on to the tip of her trunk with the word ‘lei’ which means ‘take it’. She will then carefully manipulate it to the right angle before putting it in her mouth and crunching away.
      If you are a bit slow with delivery, she will let you know with a rumble! Feeding time over, it was time to paint her with vegetable paints. She stood very still and let us do this and we painted a flower garland down her trunk. It was no Leonardo, but sufficed. Then came bath time - yes, here is where we get soaked we thought. We had taken a change of clothes just in case, but it was not needed. A hose was produced and her first requirement was a drink and what a drink. You pour the water into the end of her trunk and it disappears miraculously upwards. I guess when full, she pulls her trunk away and shoots the water into her mouth. The trunk holds about 10 litres of water and we did this at least 10 times - some drink! We then hosed her down and scrubbed where we could reach. A large bowl of water sat in front of her and we kept expecting her to spray us any time, but Simpha was a complete lady and behaved impeccably. Once clean we took her for a walk . She needs to walk a minimum of 15kms daily, but we only did 2! It was then time to say goodbye to our new friend, thank the staff and return to our hotel.
      It was a fascinating insight into the world of the Asian elephant. We learned a lot and consider it a real privilege to have spent some time with Simpha, one of the iconic animals of India.

      As a postscript, tonight, a wedding procession passed our hotel and we rushed out to look. The bridegroom was in the middle of the throng beautifully dressed and mounted on an equally fabulously dressed white horse. It I’d customary for him to approach the bride’s family in such a fashion on the big day. It was a joyous end to a special day.
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      Great elephant day out Dulcie 👍


      Rafe said ‘it’s so cool’!! X


      Ooooh! Take care.

    • Day29

      More beautiful architecture

      December 11, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

      Amber Fort was another example for some "who has time for that?!" architecture. The amazing thought and detail that goes into the buildings is amazing. We had a blast.

      Its totally different being in tourist places now though. White people everywhere and much less people asking for pictures. Ofcourse we had that in Agra too but still. Its funny how different Lucknow is to all the other cities we have visited. Still no regrets about going there, was pretty cool too

      Was a bit chilly today but we had a good time!
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      This is a weird website but it seems like you guys are having a great time. It sure looks beautiful xx Corina


      Tantoe mooi


      Love it

    • Day7

      City palace

      October 28, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      The city palace is now a museum. One part of the museum has a fabric display. Along with old carpet, old fabrics, old dresses are even some old shirts. A display of what appears to be laundry. I am having some trouble feigning interest in this as our Jaipur guide drones on about the age and craftsmanship, threads off gold and silver. I can’t wait to leave. I don’t want to talk to Dianne about it either. Maybe she likes it.Read more

    • Day7

      Elephant or jeeps?

      October 28, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      Our first night in Jaipur was noisy. We are in day 3 of Diwali and the festival is going strong. Now the streets and homes are decorated with lights the fireworks begin...about 8pm and last for about 3 or more hours. Our hotel invited everyone down for a celebration which was a firework display. You could see and hear fireworks all around the city; the noise sometimes deafening.

      In the morning we went to see Amber (pronounced Ambeer) Fortress. Another fort built high on the hill. Cars are only allowed so far then you must choose other transportation or walk( not many chose the latter). Elephant or jeep We chose the Jeep because we have already ridden an elephant. The fortress itself is magnificent . It is surrounded by 15km wall. It was built in the 16th century by a Rajput commander..
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    • Day13

      Amber Fort/Palace near Jaipur

      October 15, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Former palace and capital before moving to Jaipur due primarily to overcrowding of the surrounding town. The palace was begun in the 16th century.
      The 1st pic looks at the fort from a distance. Next is the 1st courtyard for military drill and parades.. 3rd is the palace garden in the harem. 4th is a pavilion at the side of the harem where the women could look over and watch what was going on the in the audience chamber below. 5th is the audience chamber. The ceiling is filled with reflective surfaces that look like stars shining. Last is an example of how Hindu and Islamic art and architecture are combined in the building.Read more

    • Day7

      Amber Fort- Jaipur

      September 21, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      This imposing fort really was something that could have inspired the likes of Game of Thrones, the castle is full of symbols from the royal family, with beautiful rock painting and stunning architecture... the place was huge, and only less than 20% open!Read more


      So hot.

    • Day11

      Wonderful Jaipur

      December 22, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Today was Jaipur exploring day! Last night we arranged a full day trip with some guy we met on the street and his brother with a tuktuk was waiting for us in front of our hostel. How do you fit 5 people in a tuktuk? 🤣
      First we wanted to go see Hawa Mahal, the famous palace in center of Jaipur but had to skip it st the time because of protests and head for q quick stop to Royal Gator, basically a royal tombs. Lovely place even though it has a sad meaning. Next up: Amber Fort. Oh what a fort that is! Huge palace, tons of rooms, yards, gardens, loooong walls ... this was abandoned after british conquered India. Since it was Sunday lots of tourists were there but it didn’t bother us much. It was awesome getting lost around the palace. I was daydreaming how this place must have looked like when it was full of life, kings, ... We easily spent 2 hours exploring mirror rooms, garden, towers, ... Me and Matjaž went on to a military fort on the hill even further above the palace. Old cannons and amazing view of the palace, Jaipur and surrounding area. Hot day but well worth it!
      Wheh we finished with the whole fort we went on to Amber (old Jaipur) for Stepwell, a huge water tank they used back in the days. We could only make photos from above, but the best part were monkeys! So lovely and lots of them!
      We noted some temples next to it so me and Matjaž went exploring and hit a jackpot - the temple was the oldest building in the area, officially 1100 years old but some manuscripts mention it was over 2500 years old! We were told it was by god Krishna, one of rarest temples where you go downstairs. It looked amazing!
      We headed back to town, saw a palace on the lake and then finally- Hawa Mahal, the famous Jaipur place with all the windows and all. So beautiful! We took our photos and moved on to dinner. Yumm - dal with garlic naan (yes, again).
      Some chats ib rooftop on hostel and now I’m about to go to sleep, more exploding tomorrow and then - Pushkar. Good night 💤
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    • Day112

      Jaipur (2)

      August 13, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Am zweiten Tag in Jaipur schauen wir uns das Jaigrah Fort, das Amber Fort und den Hawa Mahal an.
      Im Jaigrah Fort steht die größte Kanone der Welt und auch der Ausblick vom Fort ist recht schön. Das Fort ist umgeben von einer langen Mauer, die etwas an die chinesische Mauer erinnert.
      Vom Jaigrah Fort kann man das Amber Fort fußläufig erreichen. Den Amber Palace, der zum Fort gehört sparen wir uns (geld- und zeittechnisch), wir können auch so schon genug sehen.
      Mit dem Bus gehts dann wieder zurück in den Stadtteil Pink City und zum Herzstück Jaipurs: dem Hawa Mahal oder auch Palast der Winde.
      Es ist im Gegensatz zum City Palast ein recht kleiner Palast aber von seiner Architektonik und Bautechnik nicht weniger sehenswert.
      Viele Touristen und Einheimische tummeln sich hier. Während die Touristen aber eher von der Umgebung und vom Palast Fotos machen sind die Inder eher an uns Weißen interssiert. Super viele fragen nach einem gemeinsamen Selfie. Wir sollten dafür mal Geld verlangen, würden wir bestimmt ein Tagesbudget zusammenbekommen :). Die Fotos zeigen die Inder dann stolz ihren Freunden und Familien: “meine zwei weißen Freunde“. Wer weiß vielleicht entsteht aus den Fotos ja auch eine Art Sammelheft und es gibt eine Competition wer mehr Fotos mit Weißen hat :)
      Abends essen wir dann noch typisch jaipurisches Essen: Bhati (kleine Brotbällchen) und Dhal (Curry mit Linsen)
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