Jaipur, also known as the Pink City is the capital and the largest city of the state of Rajasthan, India. This city is chaotic, but not as chaotic as Mumbai. We arrived to Jaipur very early in the morning so first when we got to the hotel we fell asleep 😉 The night bus wasn't as bad as the first one but still quiet crazy.
Could be around noon when we woke up and decided to go to look at the beauty of the city. We met an Eglish couple in our hotel. They took a day sightseeing tour in and around Jaipur by a local riksha one day before and they really liked it. So we booked this day tour for the next day and went to discover some nice place to eat. First day we just looked around. Did not really want to see everything in one day and were wondering about coming day and our tour.
Next day our tour started at 9 am. Our first stop was of course a store with all kinds of stuff – shoes, fabrics, leather... You know, the riksha or taxi drivers have always some commission when they bring tourists who buy
their stuff. So also was our...
After that we finally got to Shri Naryan temple. Inside you can not wear shoes or your bags so one of us always stayed outside and waited. The all temple was built from marble. The temperature started to high up but the marble floor was still a bit cool on the feet which was sensation compared to the air.
Next sight was the Old city with its old bazaars and City Palace. City Palace is a complex of gardens, buildings and courtyards. It was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign and if I remember correct, even he was around 250 kilos, he had 108 wifes. We spend there quiet a long time and saw probably all tourists in Jaipur together there. 😊)
For the next stop our riksha driver decided to go to the Central Museum. Even we like museums, at this moment didn't want to go inside so we just took some pictures and continued in our way. We got slowly out of the city but the traffic hasn't improved a bit. We arrived to the Jal Mahal (Water Palace). It was situated in a small lake. Some old women
tried to sell us “fresh” fish exactly from this lake but we kindly refused it when we have seen the dirty water with lots of junk in.
6 km north of Jaipur lies Nahargarh Fort. The term "Nahargarh" refers to "the Abode of Tigers", so it is also known as the Tiger Fort. It is the first of the three forts built by Maharaja Jai Sawai Singh of Jaipur. The Fort stands at the top of rugged point of the Aravalis and offers a spectacular view of the city. Keeping this fact in mind, the fort was made to serve as a means of supporting the security of Amer. When we walked up to the gate the temperature of the air was around 40 degrees so we moved slowly like the other Indians. The way down was a bit faster 😊 We relaxed in park of this Fort where you could buy a some nuts and feed the monkeys. But because our riksha driver promised to take us to the Monkey temple, we waited for later. Visiting this fort definitely made up our day tour. Hawa Mahal was a next building to see. This palace of Wings is a pink
sandstone structure and was built by Maharaja Sawaj Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city. It was so busy there and children were following us everywhere – just to give them money – we didn't go in, left this palace behind and let our driver to bring us to the Monkey Temple. To get to this temple took us few hundreds stairs which was after all day in hot weather a bit more difficult for us. Our riksha asked every 5 minutes if we want to take a nap but I think he needed to take a nap. 😊) On the way we bought some nuts for the monkeys and they really liked it. It was a small swimming pool where all the monkeys were relaxing and playing but when they have seen our hands full of nuts they forgot the pool. I was a bit worried of the bigger ones because our riksha told us – they are dangerous, they take everything what they see, they won't let you go.... so I tried to give more of my nuts to the smaller ones. Joost forgot to be careful
and smart monkeys lightly grape all bag of nuts from his hands
After this we let our riksha driver to bring us to the hotel. It was a long day and the temperature of the air was still high. But we have seen really a lot of all sightseeing in Jaipur and we really liked it.
The next day we continued in our way – to New Delhi and because the weather was even hotter than the day before, we just stayed in our hotel, wrote some travel blog (still about America 😊 ) and relaxed.
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