Jaipur “The Pink City”

After deciding last minute to add Jodhpur city into our itinerary we had to start this morning earlier than usual at 7:30am to accomplish everything we need to see Jaipur before moving on.

We started at the Amber fort on top of the hill, this is where the first three kings or rajahstan had their palace in the early 1500s. You can distinguish the different generations of each king by their needs at the time. For example the first king had twelve wives, so he had to build an apartment with a balcony for each, including a secret passageway to each wife’s chamber to visit. He even created an artificial lake so he can grow saffron and rose petals for the bathrooms of each wife. At the heart of the fort was the shah mahal a structure used for entertainment covered in mirrors from Belgium.

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We drove by the Jal Mahal the “water palace” that is currently being restored by the government and closed to tourists.

Then we visited the Hawa Mahal the “wind palace”, a five story structure in the middle of the pink city’s shopping market in the shape of shiva’s crown for the queens to view the market. The queens in the time were not for public viewing and had to be hidden behind windows completely covered in fabric.

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Jantar Mantar is an observatory center created by king Jai Singh. These instruments measure time and date with accuracy up to two seconds with the worlds largest sundial. They even have individual miniature dials for each of the horoscopes.

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We were brought into a shop that showed us the process o hand woven carpets in various materials of cotton, wool, silk, yak and camel.   We were also shown the process of 7 color block printing and was taken to the upstairs room to see textiles. 

At noon we proceeded with a 7 hour drive to the city of Udaipur. Here’s the vegetarian thali dish we had at the halfway rest stop.

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We arrived at our hotel the Ranbanka Palace originally built for the prince, but now is a hotel.