Jaipur district

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  • Day31


    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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  • Day32


    January 5, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 18 °C

    Our final evening in Jaipur we decided to go to the infamous monkey temple. The temple has been abandoned and now hosts thousands of red monkeys and langurs. Our hosts had recommended against the visit as one of their British guests had been bitten while visiting. I was concerned that we might have to cut our trip short should things go bad. But, as per usual since she entered her sixth decade, Nancy decided that she just had to go. It was pretty intense. They were moving all over the temple and running right around right next to us. Augie and I were terrified. Augie bailed early, but I bravely albeit foolishly stayed with Nancy until it was dark and she was quite finished.
    Here's a link to a video of the monkeys moving across the hillside at dusk.

    Our last night in Jaipur we decided to go to the movies. Not just any movies, but a Bollywood blockbuster at the Raj Mandir Cinema that seats over a thousand people. Wild thing was that they opened the doors for seating just as the film started. Fifteen minutes in and people were still stepping over one another to claim their assigned seats. 'Simba' told the story of a young boy who sees his dad pay a bribe to a corrupt police officer and instead of taking the lesson of seeking justice, decides to grow up to be the best corrupt police officer ever. He grows up, gets a chief of police job at Miramar Station in Goa, plays favorites, and takes bribes. It all goes according to plan until he meets a sweet and kind Indian woman who sweeps him off his feet and leaves him with choices to make.
    Here are a couple of clips.

    The next morning Nancy and I made a rush trip for photos to the Wind Palace Hawa Mahal. Caught a nice shot of the Gandhi Art Palace anf Puppet House from the window. After checkout the three of us caught an Uber to the desert and holy lake town of Pushkar.
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  • Day18

    Amber Fort

    February 1, 2019 in India ⋅ 🌫 16 °C

    Our priority for today was the main World Heritage site here in Jaipur: the Amber Fort. It's part of the "Hill Forts of Rajasthan" serial site, which covers a total of six hill forts across Rajasthan (India's western desert state bordering Pakistan). The Amber Fort is the largest, most interesting, and closest to a major city, so it was kind of a no-brainer really!

    Took our time with a leisurely breakfast and then grabbed an Uber for the 15km trip out of town to the fort. It's located high up on a hill, and really the "fort" designation is a bit of a misnomer - it's really a palace. It mostly dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, built by the Rajas who ruled the area during that time. It was one of their main palaces although they had several others.

    Long walk up to the main gate, dodging the elephants which people ride up to the top. Always disappointing to encounter that, as elephant riding is a pretty awful practice. That said, I think the elephants are treated better these days than in the past, but "breaking" an elephant so it allows people on its back is still pretty cruel. Oh well, not much I can do about it.

    We spent a couple of hours wandering around the fort, checking out the various palaces and rooms. Lots of it was still in great condition, as it was used right up until the British occupation began in the 19th century. Beautiful to see all of the Mughal influence as well, with its Persian-style latticework, geometry and other decoration. Lots of good photo opportunities.

    One thing we both noticed as well is that although the sites we've been to are crowded, it's almost entirely Indian tourists. There's certainly foreigners around, but I'd say 95% of the visitors are domestic. Entry is pretty cheap for them (I think we paid 550 rupees each/$11, while it's just 50 rupees for locals), so it's not surprising to find a lot of locals. And there are lots of them!

    We were basically done with the Fort by early afternoon, so we got another Uber back into town and had thali plates for lunch at the same restaurant as yesterday. Spent the rest of the afternoon on the rooftop of our hotel, using laptops and relaxing.
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  • Day24

    Monkey temple!

    December 6, 2019 in India ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Fallen in love with Jaipur.

    Went to the monkey temple yesterday and just oh my god. So so so sad we don't have those darn rabies shots so we couldn't feed them or get too close. But still what a cool experience! Monkeys everywhere and more blessings for us (though I did get food poisoning for the second time already so not sure how blessed I was)

    There's also a huge hike included and right at the top we found what seemed to be a dead monkey. Luckily he wasn't, but he was blind. Poor thing. Kaya and I gave him some water and food and he slowly regained more strength. Though we're not sure we did the right thing prolonging his suffering as I can't imagine he does very well. Very interesting experience though. He was very hazy with heavily dilated pupils and wouldn't respond to any movements we made only sound.

    Monkeys are so similar to us it's crazy! The baby monkeys are just too cute for words. Being sick in a hostel was not a great experience but survived. In a super duper nice hotel now for my upcoming birthday. Its really beautiful but only an added bonus to our enthusiasm for Jaipur.
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  • 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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  • Day203

    Volunteering at Taabar School

    March 19, 2019 in India ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    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:
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  • 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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  • Day28

    Jaipur, India

    January 20, 2017 in India ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    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.
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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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  • Day4


    April 8, 2017 in India ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    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 down
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Jaipur, Jaipur district, منطقة جايبور, जयपुर जिला, Districte de Jaipur, Distrito de Jaipur, District de Jaipur, જયપુર જિલ્લો, Distretto di Jaipur, ജയ്‌പൂർ ജില്ല, जयपूर जिल्हा, जयपुर जिल्ला, ଜୟପୁର ଜିଲ୍ଲା, ضلع جے پور, Джайпур, जयपुरमण्डलम्, ஜெய்ப்பூர் மாவட்டம், జైపూర్ జిల్లా, جیپر ضلع, 齋浦爾縣