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Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur April 22nd 2014

Evening everyone - it's 23:12 as I write. Today we left Delhi for a 7 hour minibus drive to Jaipur which I'm led to believe is the capital of Rajasthan. It's smaller than Delhi with a population of around 3m ish I think. The journey was pretty none eventful compared to driving in the capital, but that said still some very crazy and scary driving. Motorways and A and B roads don't really exist here. One minute you are on Tarmac the next a humpty bumbty road with pot holes and speed bumps/sleeping police men (not the human kind asleep in cars) in random places. Lots of construction work which seems to indicate that they are building infrastructure but at a vetslow rate. Small villages appear out of know where with great frequency and of course ... read more

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur February 20th 2014

The road from Agra to Jaipur was completely in line with what we had already seen in India, namely crowdy, chaotic and full of surprises... If you compare the traffic with the traffic-rules in Europe, the first thing that comes to your mind is something like "This situation is crazy!". But after a while, you can see that there is a system in it. One of the tricks is even written on most of the trucks: "Blow Horn". Since the local drivers all have the same driving habits, they can avoid -even if it is just at the last moment- accidents. Not entirely true... in Jaipur we once saw an accident. After they both checked if their vehicles were still working, they just continued their way. When we got closer to Jaipur, we saw a change ... read more
Me in front of Amber Fort
Amber Fort
Palace of Winds

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur February 15th 2014

Hello again, and a Happy Valentine’s Day to you all. Or as I just celebrated GALentine’s Day, a girl’s night in a hotel in Nagarkot with wine, cards and laughter, and even a few Himalayan views the next morning, excellent! But back to India… so we bused from Agra to Jaipur, which was 6 hours. On a local bus. The gentleman beside me sometimes felt the need to encroach on my leg space, and the ladies behind us felt the need to scream into their mobile devices, but that’s local transport! We did arrive in Jaipur, dignity intact, hearing less so, but got to our guesthouse, the Explorer’s Nest. It is run by an ex-Army guy, and in the main room there is all this army paraphernalia, including a suit of armor! And swords, and guns ... read more
Amber Fort
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Amber Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur November 19th 2013

So, after finally leaving Mumbai on the 9th of November after a little bus cancellation the day before, we've come up to the northern region of Rajasthan! It's a colourful vibrant region, filled with palaces, forts, lakes and mountains, the scenery here is stunning. We started in Udaipur, the white city, which has a magnificent city palace, over looking Pichola lake, which has the Lake Palace hotel within the middle of it, the scene for the James bond film Octopussy - which is screened in many of the cities restaurants daily! It's a city of small, winding streets, similar to those in the towns of Italy and Greece and its a lovely size to stroll around. I particularly enjoyed spending time in Jagdish temple which is a large Hindu temple in the centre, watching people coming ... read more

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 October 14th 2013

I woke up at 6am, ready for the train to Jaipur from Agra. Unfortunately the train wasn't ready for me and turned up a whole 2 hours late! This perplexed the shit out of me, so I asked around in that frantically stressed-out way that commuters often do, sure I'd mucked up somehow. The most comprehensible response I got was that it's "not an important train". Turns out there's only one track, and my unimportant train had to make way for all the others. As usual in India I made another friend at the station, and imparted as much info about my life as was required in a typically strained conversation, while wishing I was still in bed. Another power nap on the train left me with just enough time to skim through my Lonely Planet, ... read more
Pearl Palace Hotel
The Awesome Indian Sweet Shop
The Pink City

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

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