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Ashok Nagar

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  • Day5

    WAFA

    February 27, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    It has been the opening day of the World Flower Show today and by the time we left at 6pm we were flowered out! The show is set in and around the Diggi Palace in a smart suburb of Jaipur.
    Well, smart by Indian standards that is. It was beautifully set out, air conditioned in the halls, the sun shone and the temperature was steady at a pleasant 75 degrees. We were surrounded by bright jewel like colours in flowers, fabrics, furniture, signs and the Indians themselves of course, flitting about like brightly coloured butterflies. It was something of a gathering of the flowery clans, in that I saw lots of people I knew, both from the UK and across the world.
    The competition was of a high standard and there was lots to admire and examine. As ever, there was the usual discussion over incomprehensible judging decisions and there was a large Indian Bazaar set out full of tempting things to buy. Perhaps luckily, I had forgotten to top up my purse from the safe, with a consequence that my buying power was severely restricted. Some of my readers might consider that a good thing!
    I could wax lyrical about this flower and that, my design and technique favourites and so forth, but rather than take things too far for the uninitiated, I will include a few photos instead.
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  • Dec23

    Pushkar

    December 23, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    New day new town :) Before leaving we had to go see Jantar Mantar, astronomical museum in Jaipur where they have huge structures to tell time and positions of planets. Full of tourists, kids, who wanted to take pictures with us :) Another market and we booked an Uber to take us to Pushkar. Uber we didn't get because he wanted too much money so the hostel got us some private taxi. A 3 hour ride through Rajasthan got us to Pushkar. The way they drive on highway is crazy, overtaking everywhere, trucks driving in opposite direction,... Crazy!
    Pushkar is a cute little town, full of street food vendors, rooftop restaurants and cows, of course :) Got a nice dinner and off to bed, adventure awaits tomorrow!
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  • Day29

    Jaipur

    February 6, 2020 in India ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Jaipur war unsere dritte und (so gut wie) letzte Station im Goldenen Dreieck Indiens. Bekannt als „Pink City“ (die eigentlich eher orangefarben aussieht 🤷🏼‍♀️), ist die Stadt zum einen viel kleiner als Delhi und eher im alten Stil gehalten. Wenn man jedoch die Tore der Altstadt verlässt und ein wenig aus der Stadt herausfährt, kann man eine andere Welt entdecken: riesige Fünf-Sterne-Hotels, Einkaufszentren und Kinos (wo wir den Oscar-gekrönten Film Parasite angeschaut haben!)

    Hier ein paar Highlights:

    * Wir haben in einem Hostel übernachtet und wie in einigen der Hostels, in denen wir in Indien übernachtet haben, war das Essen dort wirklich köstlich. Ob es daran liegt, dass die Messlatte für indisches Essen in Deutschland so niedrig liegt oder ob es wirklich gut war, können wir natürlich nicht ganz beantworten.
    * Wir besuchten zwei große Festungen in der Stadt: 1) Amber (oder Amer) Fort, welches das berühmtere der beiden ist und 2) Nahargarh Fort, was uns persönlich besser gefallen hat. Es war weniger besucht und obwohl es nicht so gut erhalten war, machten Spuren des Verfalls die Festung zu etwas Besonderem.
    * Jaipur ist als die "Pink City" bekannt, weil jedes Gebäude innerhalb des historischen Zentrums in einer Rosa*-Terrakotta-Farbe gestrichen ist, die historisch gesehen für Gastfreundschaft steht. Die rosafarbenen Fassaden der Altstadt sind derart bedeutend, dass sie seit 1877 laut Gesetz Pflicht sind. Der historische Grund für die einheitliche Farbe ist ein König, der Prinz Albert während seiner Indienreise im Jahre 1876 beeindrucken wollte, weshalb er die gesamte Stadt in Terrakotta-Rosa streichen ließ.
    * Die rosafarbenen* Gebäude sind wirklich wunderschön. Von Hawa Mahal über den
    Stadtpalast bis hin zu den Außenpissoirs ist vieles rosa* (Siehe Bilder). In Kombination mit der lebendigen Atmosphäre, die aus vielen der Straßen strömt, ist es schwierig, ein schlechtes Foto zu schießen (zumindest meistens).
    * Wie auch Old-Delhi ist die Altstadt Jaipurs voller Geschäfte, Gassen, Feilscher, Gewürze, etc. Im Vergleich zu Delhi hat Jaipur sogar 17 Millionen weniger Einwohner, was uns unsere Erkundungstour um einiges erleichterte. Abseits der touristischen Straßen erlebten wir das Leben als sehr trubelig, als wir über äußerst enge Straßen in Stadtvierteln am Fuße der Hügel, die Jaipur umgeben, fuhren und dabei nur ganz knapp an kunterbunten Häuser, Kühen und Einheimischen vorbeizogen.

    Abgesehen von einer kurzen Nacht in Delhi, war Jaipur unser letzter Halt in Indien. Wir bezweifeln, dass wir jemals genug Zeit für dieses riesige Land haben werden, aber eine Woche war definitiv nicht genug. Die Größe des Landes sowie der drei Städte, aber auch die langen Fahrten und kurzen Aufenthalte strengten uns ziemlich an. Daher hatten wir am Abend vor unserem Abflug in Neu-Delhi keine Muse mehr für weiteres Sightseeing und spielten daher nur noch zahlreiche Runden Tischtennis in unserem Hostel und schlenderten durch ein Einkaufszentrum, das wirklich überall auf der Welt hätte sein können.

    *orange

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    Jaipur was our third and (pretty much) final stop in the Golden Triangle. Known as the Pink City for its old town (which actually looks more orange 🤷🏻‍♂️), it’s much smaller than Delhi and its center city is much more old style than modern where as Delhi is a mix. You drive a little out of Jaipur and that changes with huge five star hotels and malls (where we saw future Oscar winning Movie Parasite!). Here’s a few highlights:

    * We stayed in a hostel and like a lot of the hostels we stayed at in India, the food was really delicious. I can’t tell if that’s just perspective because Indian food back home clears such a low bar or because it was genuinely good.
    * We visited two big forts in the city. One called the Amber (or Amer) Fort which is the more famous of the two and the other was the Nahargarh Fort. That one we actually liked more. It was calmer and even though it wasn’t as well preserved, its urban decay added to the beauty.
    * Jaipur is known as the Pink City because every building within the walled historic centre is painted a terracotta “pink”* color, which historically represents welcoming and hospitality. It is so significant to the heritage of the city that it is enforced under local law. The historical reason for the uniform colour of central Jaipur lies with the absolute power of a king who wanted to impress Prince Albert during his 1876 tour of India, so he painted the entire city in pink*.
    * The Pink* buildings in the city really are beautiful. From the Hawa Mahal to the City Palace to the outdoor urinals, a lot is pink*. With the combination of the lively atmosphere that streams out of many of the streets, it’s hard to get a bad photo (mostly).
    * Like Old Delhi, the old town is full of shops, alleyways, hagglers, spices, etc. but it’s far more accessible for lack of an extra 17million people. Off the touristy streets, its energy is more chaotic as you ride along wild roads at the foot of the hills that surround Jaipur and colorful buildings whizz past narrowly avoiding cows and people.

    This was our last real stop in India. We doubt that there would ever really be enough time for this place but a week, believe it or not, was not enough. The size of the country and cities along with the speed of travel exhausted us and by the time we got back to New Delhi the night before our flight out, all we could manage to do was play some ping pong at our hostel and visit a mall that could’ve been anywhere in the world.

    *orange
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  • Day31

    Jaipur

    January 4, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 20 °C

    Sophie is gone back to Bolinas. :(

    Our crew left Mumbai and headed to Jaipur with the Panagos clan, plus nephew Nial. We were late leaving the Grand Hyatt which resulted in a relatively hectic trip to the Mumbai Airport. All eight in our group made it with the help of a security guard who switched us to the Premier Flyers line. We were among the last to board. The flight was fine. There were seats taken out to accommodate a stretcher. First time any of us had seen this. We Ubered to the Bnb, Bhola Bhawan. Nice place. Very congenial hosts and accommodations. We even have use of a kitchen.

    John and family went out to the City Palace for the light show. They ended up dining in the same room the newly installed 20 year old Maharaja of Jaipur and his school chums from England. Nancy, Augie, and I walked the streets. Along the way we met up Prakash who is a social worker at a Catholic run orphanage that houses and schools 10,000 street kids in Jaipur. Guy was drinking out of an Andean maté cup. He invited us to teach sometime over the next few days. We made it to a natural foods grocery where we purchased a jar of Ragu™ Pasta sauce and a whole pound of spaghetti. Hit the spot.

    Next morning we spent some time planning our day. Jules had a whole list of possibilities and options. The hotel owners helped us choose a couple of guide/drivers for the day. We left the hotel around noon. The first spot was the Junter Munter Astronomical Park. It is one of four such facilities built by Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II some three centuries ago. Next we headed to the memorial tomb sites of the royals where J had a faceoff with a langur. Then it was on to the Amer Palace in the mountains north of Jaipur. Beautiful palace. We stopped at the water palace on the way up and the wind palace on the way back.

    Last night was J and Varsha's last in India, so we treated the crew to a nice meal at the Peacock Rooftop. Beautiful scene with a traditional Indian trio playing and good food to boot.
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  • Day16

    Jaipur - Fifty Shades of Pink-ish

    March 2, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The Palace of the Winds. Amer Fort. Jantar Mantar. Jaipur City Palace.

    Jaipur is oversupplied with majestic structures, any of which would make an Indian top ten list.

    But this doesn’t take into account the buzzing, noisy streets or the milk market, or the crowds or the inevitable squalor. More than anywhere since we left Delhi it is the whole package that makes up Jaipur.

    Painted a sort of terracotta-inspired pink in 1876 to impress the visiting and eccentric Prince Albert, the old town remains so today, although in a classic case of “do what I say” the Maharaja’s Palace didn’t get the same makeover and remains a cream blob in a sea of old strawberries.

    We drove to Amer Fort, about 11 kilometres out of town, and were bounced around in the back of a Jeep up to the entrance. What an industry the tourist-moving business is! There was a continuous convoy of jeeps ferrying people up the hill to be turfed out into an immense traffic jam from which the souvenir sellers could pick their marks.

    Then there were the elephants, hundreds of them conveying rather seasick-looking people up the hill by a less animal welfare-aware means of transport.

    The palace, with hilltop fortifications all around and towering over the township below, was spectacular, cleverly designed to defeat the extremes of heat by use of cascading water, and with some absolutely beautiful rooms and gardens. The Hall of Mirrors - Sheesh Mahal - was quite stunning.

    Back in town, we stopped for a photo of Jal Mahal - an eighteenth century palace built in the middle of Man Sagar Lake, with - inexplicably - four of its five storeys under water when the lake is at its highest. This was picturesque, but the tribe of small boys enjoying their exciting game of marbles by the side of the lake was a more privileged insight.

    Jantar Mantar is a kind of UNESCO listed outdoor observatory, replete with giant sundials and astrological detail. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh, founder of Jaipur and, according to our rather proud guide, a man 25 per cent more intelligent than anyone else. Not quite sure how they measured that, actually.

    There were quite a few Indian tourists about, families and couple excitedly snapping away. One family even asked Sharon to be a part of their photographic record.

    Then we left Jantar Mantar, with its middle class Indian visitors, and went into the outside world, where we were confronted by small begging children, one of them carrying the inevitable semi-naked baby. They were appealing in a filthy, stinking way, but by no means underfed. The appalling life to which they looked destined was as moving as it was beyond our control.

    Oh, and it was also Sharon’s birthday. A lovely gift from Kim and Steve, a Happy Birthday singalong in the van and a nice Italian dinner in the nearby Taj Hotel made it one to remember.

    On the way back from dinner we were stopped at a level crossing while a long passenger train rumbled by in the dark, giving us a glimpse into another world - from the barely-occupied first class coaches to the jam packed fourth class. Plus the delay gave Aanand a chance a to gloat a bit more about the cricket as the Aussies headed for defeat in a one-dayer!
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  • Day35

    Happy Diwali day

    October 27, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    We left Ranthambore for Jaipur on their festival Diwali, the Hindu equivalent of Christmas. Our guide organised for us to join in the Diwali celebrations by driving through the city in open top jeeps (Or Mahindra's) to experience the lights, the noise, the crowds and fireworks. We have never seen anything like it before. Thousands of people riding bikes, tuk tuk, etc. all laughing and smiling. I think we were a bit of a novelty - a group of white faces in amongst a sea of Indian faces. It was a lot of fun.

    Back at the hotel we were treated to a fireworks display from our hotel room that went on for hours, well after midnight. Apparently the air quality in Delhi was downgraded from poor to hazardous after all the Diwali celebrations.
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  • Day6

    6. Tag - In und um Jaipur

    September 24, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Heute war ein ereignisreicher Tag! Leider haben wir in der Gruppe krankheitsbedingt ein paar Ausfälle - ich fühle mich fast schon schlecht, dass es mit blendend geht und ich auch schon Kartoffel-Curry zum Frühstück essen kann 😋

    Morgens ging es mit alten Ambassador-Taxis stilecht zum Palast der Winde mit seinen 935 Fenstern, dann weiter zum Amber Fort in den Bergen außerhalb der Stadt. Zurück in Jaipur habe wir eine alte Sternwarte besucht und den Stadtpalast, der vom Adoptivsohn des letzten Maharadscha auch noch bewohnt und nur teilweise zugänglich ist. Mit Fahrrad-Rikshas ging es zurück zum Hotel mit Zwischenstopp auf dem Gewürzmarkt.
    So hautnah ist der aus dem Bus schon verrückt wirkende indische Verkehr noch wahnsinniger - es ist unglaublich laut, ständig wird gehupt, es wird kein Abstand gehalten, Spurrichtungen sehr kreativ interpretiert, Abgase rauben einem den Atem und ständig hat man Angst von einem größeren Verkehrsteilnehmer überrollt oder einem Zugtier getreten zu werden.

    Den Nachmittag verbringen wir mit Entspannung im Hotel und am Pool - später geht es dann auf nächtliche Jeep-Tour durch die erleuchtete Pink City.
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  • Day14

    Vom Winde verweht

    January 6, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 19 °C

    Das Gebäude hat uns wirklich angetan. Der Tuktukfahrer behauptete, dass es sich nicht lohnt, aber gerade der Palast der Winde hat uns angetan. Eigentlich nur eine Fassade mit einem Hinterhof, aber sehr elegant anmutig. Erbaut worde es für die Haremsdamen, damit auch sie, sonst im Palast gefangen, die Möglichkeit bekommen die Stadt zu sehen. Vom Palast für ein Übergang direkt dahin, so dass die Frauen von keinem gesehen werden könnten. (Agata)

    Ta budowla bardzo nam się spodobała. Nasz kierowca tuktuka twierdził, że nic tam nie ma do obejrzenia, ale akurat Pałac Wiatrów był naszym faworytem. W sumie to tylko fasada z placem z tyłu, ale bardzo elegancko i wysmukle skonstruowane. "Pałac" zbudowany dla dam z haremu, dając im możliwość wyglądania na miasto, które dla nich było niedostępne. Dostęp miały bezpośrednio z haremu przez specjalne połączenie z pałacem ok.200 m z tyłu.
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  • Day14

    Jaipur Altstadt

    January 6, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 16 °C

    Nach kleinerem Udajpur wieder eine laute und stickige Großstadt. Den Besuch im City Palast hätten wir uns sparen können: 700 Rupien für Nix. Wenn man mehr und interessantes sehen will darf man 3500 Rupien pro Kopf löhnen ( ca 45€). Der Hiesige Maharaja scheint den Hals nicht voll zu bekommen. 3/4 der Stadt soll ihm gehören und alles so heruntergekommen und schmutzig. Am Govin Devji Tempel haben wir einer Tempelzeremonie beigewohnt. Es war sehr voll, Alle haben gesungen und es worde Etwas in die Menge gestreut. Danach liefen Alle um den Altar im Kreis. Wir haben uns leicht verirrt in der Altstadt und sind aus Versehen am Ort einer sehr grossen Feier gelandet. Es würde in Unmengen gebacken und Gekocht. Anlass der Feier haben wir nicht erfahren, da es nur Männer Waren und wir vorsichtshalber lieber abgehauen sind. (Agata)

    Po mniejszym Udajpurze znowu duże miasto pełne smrodu. Wizytę w pałacu można sobie podarować. Nie warte 700 rupii wstępu na łebka. Za 3500 rupii ( 45€) można zobaczyć więcej, ale nie było nam to warte takiej gastronomicznej sumy. Maharaja z Jaipuru nie ma granic w wydzieraniu kasy. Podobno jest właścicielem ok. 3/4 miasta, ale wszystko jest w bardzo złym stanie. W świątyni Govin Devji byliśmy świadkami ceremonii. Liczni wierni śpiewali i robili różne gesty rękami, bramami rzucali w tłum czymś, czego nie zidentyfikowalismy, potem obchodzili wszyscy ołtarz naokoło. Trochę się zgubilismy w starym mieście i trafiliśmy na jakieś święto. W ogromnych ilościach pieczono chleby i gotowano mięso. Nie wiemy, co to za święto, bo byli tam sami mężczyźni, więc wolelismy się zmyć, bo dziwnie na mnie patrzyli.
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  • Day36

    Jaipur - The pink city

    October 28, 2019 in India ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We had a couple of days in Jaipur with sightseeing only in the mornings and then we had the rest of the day to ourselves which was very nice.

    Jaipur is much nicer than Delhi - less population, less busy, less dirty (a little), and it looks nice because all the buildings in the centre are painted pink and white. Actually it is not pink, more terracotta, it got labelled pink by the papers after British royalty visited and the name stuck.

    In brief we visited over the two days:

    The city palace - several courtyards and galleries such as the textile gallery with clothing from various Maharaja's etc; the armoury; miniature art gallery with intricate paintings and the banquet hall with portraits of all the Maharaja's through the centuries. No photos permitted inside the galleries.

    Jantar Mantar- an astrological/astronomical observatory and sundial that was accurate to within 20 seconds. It also tracked the planets but more in an astrological sense rather than an astronomical sense. Astrology is very important to Hindus. Date and time of birth is very important when making decisions or what attributes you may have. Apparently I am a traveller (Well duh!), and Brad is a prince. He could have told us anything.

    Palace of the Winds - photo stop only. Beautiful building where royal ladies could overlook the crowds without being seen.

    Amber Fort - yet another fort with similar features to the other forts we have visited. We travelled up by jeeps but the other option was elephants. They are only used for a few hours in the morning for maximum of 4 trips. Owning an elephant is like owning a Rolls Royce here as they are used at weddings and parades etc. We are told they are very well looked after.

    Sunken palace? - actually don't know what it was called, photo stop only. Looked nice.
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