Sunday, March 23, 2014

Jaipur

Joal and Jenny went off to Udaipur for a few days and then Lex and I flew to Jaipur to meet them.  Rajasthan is full of ancient cities with magnificent palaces and forts, colourful festivals and bazaars. We hired a taxi driver for a couple of days so we could get round to see the sights.  First up we went into Jaipur Pink City and to the  Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) followed by the City Palace which is an interesting blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture.

Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds

Snake charmer by the City Palace

City Palace - the Chandra Mahal - a 7 storeyed palace
 We also went to the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory.  It's huge and really funky - with enormous sun dials and other buildings - one of which is a sundial accurate to 20 seconds.



In the afternoon we went to the Amber Fort and then on the way back we went to a lovely peaceful garden just outside the city.


We also went to the Jal Mahal which appears to be floating on the lake.



Finally back in town again we made our way to the Albert Hall, now a museum.  We ate right on top of the old city walls near the New Gate - a dodgy looking place but very tasty food.


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