Jaipur - RajasthanJune 10 in India ⋅ ☀️ 43 °C
The Pink City (47degrees today) City Palace, Jade Fort, Water Palace .... and Markets .. fun day 😃
The Pink City (47degrees today) City Palace, Jade Fort, Water Palace .... and Markets .. fun day 😃
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.Read more
We spent three days volunteering at a school near the Jaipur railway station, with boys from ages 7-17, who have been rescued from working at factories. The school is also a shelter, where these kids can live while the NGO tries to find their parents. We split into two groups. Malcolm and Lara had one classroom with about 40 kids, and Geoff, Chloë and Dale had another classroom with about 30 kids, and we taught them basic English, and math. There was a wide range of knowledge of these two subjects; some kids could have a full on conversation with you, while some could only count to 10, or not even. Also, some of the kids could multiply and divide 10 digit numbers, while others were learning how to do equations as simple as 6+2, no matter the age. I made some simple games to help the boys remember the months of the year, body parts, days of the week, etc, and worked with them 1 on 1 (or 2 or 3 or 4 on 1) at the back of the room. It was fun to spend time with them, but also harder than I ever thought it would be. We weren’t allowed to take photos of the kids, but here are some of our host family, and the volunteer coordinators.
If you want to learn more about this project, here is a link: http://www.taabar.org/ghar-vapsi.phpRead more
Well we're about 2 weeks behind on our posts, but hopefully about to catch up again. We figured spending our time planning where we would be staying the next night was a higher priority than documenting the past. We're currently in Bangkok planning out a week or two of our SE Asia travels, but back to our Jaipur post...
While it was similar to many of the other Rajasthan sights, this was probably our favorite since it was well preserved and maintained, and included the impressive astrological instruments at Jantar Mantar, the beautiful Hawa Mahal or wind palace and the City Palace both of which were made of pink sandstone giving Jaipur the name of Pink City.
The Jantar Mantar in particular was interesting as it was a site full of astrological instruments including the largest stone sundial in the world which is accurate to 2 seconds. Other instruments plotted the current zodiac sign and several other things which were over our heads.Read more
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!Read more
Today breakfast is was nice and we only know that thanks to a random knock on the door by Tom Barlow. Everyone had slept through alarms and we had yet to be called by the hotel.
We turned up to our match today fairly tired and realised our team was a little older than us. All of them sporting the Virat Kolhi beard and one rocking a tattoo on both arms. Their ages varied from 16 to 25 most of them were 18 and had already left school. We weren't optimistic.
We batted for nearly 40 overs scoring 114 runs. I scored 2 and then was bowled by there opener. Clinton was proud of us. However the other team caught up with us in 10 overs.
Our game was over by 1.
They then invited us to a game of 15 overs aside, however with mixed teams. I volunteered for the other side wanting to win a game on tour. As soon as I entered their dressing rooms I was bombarded by Indians wanting a photo. We won the game after some dreadful bowling from me.
We then returned to the hotel for some relaxation.
*pictures with the Indian lads will follow once I have tracked them downRead more
Mit unserem neuen Bus und Fahrer ging es heute von Agra weiter nach Jaipur - für die 250km sollten wir trotz „indischer Autobahn“ fast den ganzen Tag brauchen.
Von unserem Guide haben wir heute viel erfahren über die verschiedenen Bauprojekte im Land (täglich werden 20km neue Autobahn fertig gestellt), Veränderungen die er in den letzten 10 Jahren wahrgenommen hat (besserer Umgang mit Müll), Hochzeitsrituale, das Thema Sicherheit (gerade in Bezug auf Frauen und Vergewaltigungen) und natürlich über sein Heimatland Rajasthan - Land und Leute, Traditionen, Landwirtschaft.
Die Eindrücke unterwegs waren sehr spannend - Kühe mitten auf der Straße, Tiergespanne aller Art, eine hinduistische Beerdigungsprozession, bunte LKWs, übervoll besetzte Autos und viele lachende, winkende Menschen. Auch hier auf dem Land sieht man Armut, aber sie scheint nicht ganz so drückend oder verzweifelt wie in den Städten.
Morgen steht uns schon tagsüber ein volles Besichtigungs-und Shoppingprogramm bevor und abends wollen wir Jaipur bei Nacht bewundern.Read more
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.Read more
We’ve made it to the next major city Jaipur! We had a short walk around the central pink city and then went for lunch at a lovely roof top hotel! I tried the paneer curry, it was great, and certainly something I’d make at home!
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.Read more
You might also know this place by the following names:
Jaipur, جايبور, জয়পুৰ, Горад Джайпур, Джайпур, জয়পুর, Džajpur, Caypur, Τζαϊπούρ, Ĝajpuro, جایپور, જયપુર, גאיפור, जयपुर, Dzsaipur, Ջայպուր, JAI, ジャイプル, ჯაიპური, 자이푸르, Жайпур, Iaipura, Džaipuras, Džajpura, ജയ്പൂർ, ଜୟପୁର, ਜੈਪੁਰ, Dźajpur, جے پور, جيپور, जयपुरम्, Džaipur, Џајпур, செய்ப்பூர், ชัยปุระ, Jaypur, 齋葡亞, 齋浦爾