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India Trip 2018 – Post three

April 6, 2018

Our India tour 2018

For more from our India trip in 2018, please see blog one and blog two.

Day 5 – Palace of Winds

We were afforded a bit of a lie in until our 07:30 departure for an early morning drive through the streets of Jaipur. Really lovely to see the children going to school in the Autos (Tuk Tuk), farmers bringing their produce into the city to sell, flower stalls and eventually we had our first site of the Palace of Winds. We had to navigate the ‘crossing the road’ …not for the faint hearted. Lots of entertainment with snake charmers (yes real cobras!) and hawkers and shop keepers in their usual abundance.

Palace of Winds

The magnificent Palace of Winds

Amer Fort

Next came the Amer Fort, a wonderful palace perched on the top of a hill with elephants carrying tourists up the road to the main entrance. Lots of hawkers here, yet a beautiful example of an Indian world heritage site.

Elephant rides at Amer Fort

Elephant rides at Amer Fort

Local craft demonstrations

Block printing demonstration

Block printing demonstration

Back down the mountain to a block printing and carpet weaving demonstration, which transpired into a full Jaipur hospitably ‘sales pitch’ for the wonderful local carpets. Many people bought carpets and other textiles including saris, suits, pashminas, ties etc.

Carpet weaving demonstration

Carpet weaving demonstration

At this point the heat fully kicked in….and the crowd demanded an air conditioned lunch experience, which was thoroughly enjoyed next to the Jal Mahal (James Bond Movie palace on the lake). Once refreshed we ventured out into the full heat of Jaipur and revisited The Palace of Winds from the inside, then, to the City Palace with a fascinating textile museum and treasures of past Maharajahs clothing. We saw a pair of solid silver urns which held 8500 gallon of River Ganges water, used the transport the drinking water to England for Edward 7th coronation! They were taller than Mr Dunn!

Back to the hotel for a cool, swim!


Bye for now – PD

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