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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur April 29th 2023

Later start today at 9.30am as it's basically a free day. Gordon and Peter had booked another driver like we did for the day, but Arjun said it wasn't necessarily as he and the driver were at our disposal. So we all cancelled the driver and just joined the optional cooking class. First stop for photos was the Albert Hall (at my request) which fortunately was on the way to the scheduled stop, the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. This is a beautiful Hindi Temple completely built with white marble. It was nice to witness the end of a service when we arrived. Had our first proper rain fall as we arrived but temperature today had dropped considerably. Week before we arrived the highs were over 40 degrees centigrade. This week, it's dropped to low 30s, much more ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur April 26th 2023

Buffet breakfast was interesting. A lot of Indian style items we'd never heard of before. We went around and tried small portions of everything. Daisy had a dosa made which she really liked. Tour started at 8.30am and we met our guide Arjun and driver, Arjay. Surprisingly, there was still just the six of us for this entire tour. Certainly wasn't expecting a small group tour. Robyn and Anne however didn't opt for the Varanasi extension. First stop was a visit to Old Delhi. We were taken to the Jama Masjid Mosque (the largest mosque in India), which has three great gateways, four angle towers and two minarets constructed ofalternating vertical strips of red sandstone and white marble. First we had a rickshaw tour through Chandni Chowk, a colourful shopping bazaar in OldDelhi. Then a tour ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 14th 2021 13th March - Amber Fort - Jewel of Jaipur The historic hill fort rises above the town of Amer (it is sometimes called Amer Fort), which was the capital of the Kuchwaha Rajputs from the 11th to the 18th century. Construction began in 1592 by Maharaja Man Singh, a commander in the army of the Mughal emperor Akbar. In shades of honey and rose stone, white marble and gilt decor, Amber Fort is more of a palace than a fortress, and the design is a unique mix of Hindu and Muslim styles. Dilip was our virtual guide & as he climbed the steps he stopped for breath and we could listen to the musician. We entered through Sun Gate, the palace is divided into four main sections, each having its own entry gate and courtyard. ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 13th 2020

Blogs of Rajasthan are plenty in the net, covering almost all well known places. I will add one more with a different perspective. I searched elaborately thru internet for appropriate inputs, to finalize the logistics of a weeklong tour program covering important historical places, wildlife of Ranthambore and of course the desert of Jaisalmer. But I did not get it in a nutshell and had to pick and choose from various sources. In this blog I attempted to summarize our overall experience, program, means of transport, accommodation arrangements etc. sharing our feelings, advantages and pitfalls as felt by us, to facilitate planning of an overall tour schedule by future travelers of Rajasthan. I also narrated detailed description of my location wise experience in detail, thru separate blogs. OUR PROGRAM Rajasthan is one of the most popular ... read more
Ghoomar folk dance
Shadow of a tiger

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur February 16th 2020

Time to move on from Agra and explore Rajasthan, known as the Golden Triangle. We boarded the train at 2.30 in the afternoon and just like before it left bang on time at 2.50pm. Could teach British Rail a thing or two! Out seat numbers were 34 and 35 so we thought they'd be together but the weren't. A group of Americans got on and their seats were all over the place but in the same area too as was another English couple's seats. Between us we rearranged things so we were sat with our respective partners. When the ticket man came along to check tickets he was totally confused and finally gave up and let us stay where we were sat. Each time we stopped at a station and more passengers got on we pretended ... read more
Elephants carry people up to the fort. We walked
Inside the fort
Amber fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur February 2nd 2020

Nagaur Festivalis a large cattle fair held near Jodhpur, Rajasthan in February every year. This fair is mainly for trading animals by farmers and ranchers. We flew to Jodhpur and drove about 5 hrs to Nagaur, this destination is truly out of the beaten tracks as there are no hotels nearby and OAT set up a tent city to accommodate their own travelers. Along the way, we stopped and chatted with goat herder and visited an outdoor animal hospital ran by volunteers. This is a huge open arena hosting over 1200 cows, some goats, a few wild animals and even birds. We saw sick cows with bandage on their horns due to cancer and injured animals with missing limbs sitting on the floors. Some baby were born there after their mother was brought in for treatments. ... read more
Hospital for cows
Boiling cotton seeds for cow feed
OAT tent city in Nagaur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur December 30th 2019

Hariom was waiting outside for us at 8.30am this morning for another big day of sightseeing, our last in Jaipur. First stop was the City Palace. Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds, which we saw the first afternoon we were here, is a wing of this palace. Still the residence of the Jaipur royal family, some wings, courtyards and gardens are open to the public. We purchased the Royal Grandeur tickets which entitled us to enter some of the reception and sitting rooms still used by the royal family. A guide is mandatory with this ticket, and security guards were everywhere, even taking the lifts with us. City Palace is a palace complex, which used to be the seat of the Maharajah of Jaipur and is made up of an impressive array of courtyards, gardens ... read more
Diwan I Aam, the Hall of Audience at The City Palace
The largest silver vessel in the world, One of a pair
Gateway to The City Palace

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur December 29th 2019

For the next twelve days, we have the luxury of our own private driver and car, something we’ve been looking forward too. No more haggling with taxi and rickshaw drivers or airport runs for nearly two weeks...... Bliss! Hariom was waiting outside the hotel at 8.30am as arranged. His car, an SUV as I requested, was immaculate, with white covers on our two buckets seats, free water/wipes and onboard wifi. After introductions, we planned the days activities with him and headed away. Our first stop was in the town of Amer, 11klm from Jaipur, to see Panna Meena ka Kund, one of the stepwells responsible for sparking my interest in these structures. The water at the bottom of the stepwell was bright green, obviously full of algae. All it took was a Pinterest photo and I ... read more
Panna Meena Ka Kund Stepwells
Amber Fort
Tourist Elephant at Amber Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur December 28th 2019

Our flight to Jaipur waited 40 minutes on the tarmac before being given clearance to take off, though most of this time was made up during the flight, so we arrived in Jaipur almost on time. We had an airport transfer arranged with our hotel, but he wasn’t there so we found the pre paid taxi booth and organised our own. We are staying at Umaid Mahal, a heritage hotel outside the old city. It was a good choice, large rooms with marble floors, hand painted ceilings and lovely decorative touches (and a sitting room with a well stocked bar), so we’ll be very much at home here. Fascinating Jaipur, dubbed ‘The Pink City’, and Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. In July 2019, the entire city was declared a UNESCO World ... read more
Hawa Mahal - Palace of the Winds
Tripoli Bazaar
Tripoli Bazaar

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 14th 2019

Day 3 arrival of the Jaan (the groom) ,the ceremony, a royal dinner and on day 4 the reception... read more

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