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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 13th 2013

Accommodation - Alsisar Haveli Heritage Hotel Weather - Warm, sunny, blue sky with haze 26C Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, was built in 1727 by the Rajput ruler, Jal Singh, and is known as the Pink City due to the pink/terracota-coloured walls of buildings throughout the old city. In the morning we visited the magnificent Amber Fort, the site of the ancient Rajput capital which displays Mughal-style architecture with traditional Rajput influences. What a surprise, the best kept secret of the tour so far, our transportation along the path to the fort was on Shakima, an Indian elephant!! Feeling like (but not looking like) Maharaja & Maharani we entered the inner courtyard through the majestic Sun Gate atop our noble beast. The Amber Fort was the best fort so far, protected by massive ramparts following the ... read more
Amber Fort
Amber Fort with elephants walking up the path
Shakima our transport to Amber Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 12th 2013

On our journey today we crossed the border from Uttar Pradesh, the state with the highest population, into Rajasthan, the state with the largest land area. The trip was 240km in length and was approximately 7 hours in total with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri and also a short lunch stop. This blog consists mainly of photographs taken from the coach window showing typical life on the streets of both Agra and Jaipur and of the many different forms of transport seen on the roads of India and what a motley collection of vehicles that is!!! Our guide summed it up with the phrase - "If it moves, be it with wheels or legs, it will be used for transport in India". A collection of cars, decorated lorries, buses - old and new, auto-rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws, ... read more
Horse and cart
Ready, steady .... waiting at the traffic lights
Hard working donkeys

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur September 15th 2013

I was thinking back over the strange and terrifying people i have met over the past decade, and the first one in tonight's blog is the first one I met, or at least the first I met when traveling. I was 16. I was on a Team Challenge Expedition to Northern India, and this particular story takes place in the middle of the desert in Rajasthan. We decided to go on a camel trek to watch the sunset in the desert. The man who was leading my camel, whose name i honestly don't think i ever knew, was as softly spoken as Michael Jackson. When we were riding back he sat behind me on the camel and we talked about... something (i don't have my India diary to hand, so i don't know what we talked ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur August 29th 2013

Having successfully battled the Old City of Jaipur the previous day it was time to see what else this interesting place had to offer. Our hotel arranged for us to have a driver for the day, and he was pretty much at our mercy as to what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. Our first stop would be Amber fort about 11 km from the Old City. Hoping for something a little more elaborate and dare I say more interesting than Jaipur’s city palace, we weren’t disappointed. Amber fort sits on top of a large hill and its presence from the road leading in and looking up is pretty impressive. Once inside, you are also treated to what seems like hundreds of rooms and alleyways in all different directions. Some of the ... read more
Lake Palace
Stunning views of Amber
The Girls..

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur August 27th 2013

Having been upgraded on our train bound for Jaipur, we woke up on our train carriage beds refreshed and ready to face India once more. We really didn’t have too much to go on as to what Jaipur would bring us, however we knew that it was a large city, was full of bazaars (markets) and that it would more than likely be pretty crazy. We needed to be prepared. The way we decided to do this was to find a nice hotel that was out of the immediate vicinity of the Old city (where the chaos would be at its peak), and that was affordable. Somehow, all three of these things were bestowed upon us when we managed to book the Madhuban hotel 2kms from the Old City. In addition to this great find we ... read more
Enjoying Hawa Mahal
Old city street View
Rickshaw drivers

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur August 21st 2013

Visiting Jaipur ? 10 Must visit Tourist spots you must visit in Jaipur. So I am quite sure that you are acquainted by the fact that Jaipur is one of the top most tourist destination in India. So here is my list of 10 must visit tourist spot that you can't miss if you are visiting to Jaipur. For a guided tour of Jaipur or if you need to rent a car make sure you visit my website City Palace – Jaipur City Palace is the combination of Mughal, Rajput and European architect which tends to lead to the unique wonder. City Palace, which was the home of the king Sawai Maan Singh, is different from all the forts of Jaipur which shares the part of the art gallery, marble pillars and carved interiors which ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur July 21st 2013

Of the four color-themed cities in Rajasthan, the Pink City is my least favorite. With a population of 3 million, the provincial capital of Jaipur is much larger and more congested than the blue, golden, or white cities, yet still lacks the impressiveness of other large metropolises such as Delhi, or the grandiosity of the Taj Mahal in Agra. Nevertheless, it is regarded as the western point of the tourist ‘Golden Triangle’ along with the two aforementioned cities, and attracts a huge number of domestic and international visitors. The city was painted entirely in pink in 1876 for the visiting Prince of Wales, and to this day local laws dictate the preservation of the pink look, particularly within the walled old city at the center. For all three of my visits to Jaipur, I didn’t even ... read more
My sister Leanne keeping it real inside the Hawa Mahal
The Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Mother and daughter inside the Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur July 19th 2013

Train stations in India are very lively places. They are a mix of people coming and going from all over the country, people frantically trying to buy non-reservable tickets, and people who have set up shop on blankets, filling the station floor, waiting for trains to arrive. When we arrived at Varanasi train station, it was 36 degrees, with clothe soaking humidity. This was our first Indian rail experience, and we wandered aimlessly amongst the chaos trying to figure out when and where our train would be, when a station employee (real this time!) directed us to the ‘tourist room’. “Tourist room?!”, we thought. We tiptoed through the families spread out, sleeping on the station floor, and came to a door marked ‘tourist room’. Inside was a large air-conditioned room with leather couches, private bathroom, and ... read more
Taj Mahal, Agra
Taj Mahal,  Agra
Taj Mahal,Agra

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur June 20th 2013

In Jaipur we stayed at an amazing Marriott Hotel. It was so nice, I was reluctant to leave. However, I am glad I did. Jaipur is a walled city, nicknamed the “Pink City”. All the buildings inside the walls are painted a coral pink and are required to be maintained that way. We began our day with our guide, Amit and our driver Shyam. First stop, the Hawa Mahal, the Palace of the Wind. This is nothing more than a façade built by the King so his Queen could view the activity of the bazaar without being seen. It contains 365 windows, so she could have one window for each day. Our next stop was the Amber Fort perched high on a hill near Jaipur. Just like the emperors who ruled here centuries ago, we ascended ... read more
The Palace of the Wind
The Great Wall of India

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur June 18th 2013

Jaipur is in Rajasthan. One would think the landscape is more of a desert. On the contrary, it is surrounded by lot of hills with green trees. It does not rain a whole lot here though. Average rainfall in a year is 12 to 15 inches of which majority is July and August. Before starting to talk about the sites, it will worthwhile to mention that the best breakfast served during the tour is really here. Huge spread of International, South, North etc. On top, they can make dosa per your order. Praveen wanted pancakes here as one of the stations was serving pancakes. The waiter there made a mickey mouse shaped pancake for Praveen! As usual we loaded up as much here. Unfortunately, we had to rush through since the guide had warned that the ... read more

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