Delhi Magic arranged our tour complete with driver, guide and hotel and they were superb. Our driver and Magic’s representative met our flight at the airport and took us to our hotel.
Jaipur is an exciting place. It is the capital of Rajistan with over 3 million people. Now the Mumbai traffic was organised chaos and we thought that was scary. Jaipur is disorganised chaos. The people are very much into their gods and pray many times a day. We met our driver Karan who was going to be with us for the next few days. Karan arrived in a sparkling Toyota Innova and all the time we travelled it was always sparkling. With all the dust and traffic he must have worked hard to keep it so clean. There are so many temples that I told Nidhi our guide you must be very bad here to do so much praying. Then suddenly I thought of the traffic. If I lived here I would be praying 24/7. I have seen the traffic on TV and thought it was bad. Try driving in it (well were just a passengers) there is no gap someone won’t squeeze into. That 2 feet of road in front of you doesn’t belong to you and bikes, tri shaws, tuk tuks, motorcycles, scooters, cars buses and pedestrians, elephants, camels, a creature they call a pig and I call warthogs vie for that 2 feet. (Oh I forgot the Holy Cow) that is the only traffic calming they have in Jaipur. If there’s a cow everyone gives it plenty of room.
Yesterday we went to the Observatory Jantar Mantar and I loved it. Our guide Nidhi made it so interesting there were so many ways of telling the time by different types of architecture. We had a lot of fun working it all out. Some were quite small others great big ones. It is fantastic and then there were horoscope contraptions and in India before the parents decide a marriage partner for their sons and daughters they match their horoscopes if no good then they don’t get married. They also work out the best day to get married from this, Oh well it beats spinning a bottle or lucky dips I guess.
After a very interesting hour or so in the observatory we crossed over the road not a mean feat I can tell you to the City Palace. The whole thing was wonderfully preserved and we had a lot of resting and contemplating time!!
Today it was Amber Fort, decided to forego the elephant ride up there and our car took us up far more comfortable than the elephants and the jeeps that they transport you up in. From there you walk, I think I did wonderfully our guide Nidhi was really good and took us only on the rampways. In fact we probably only climbed about a dozen steps the rest was easy walking ramps. The hardest part is walking the first piece which is quite steep. We just walked slowly, stopping when we needed to. It is not a long way just steep. There were a lot of seats when we entered the fort where we could stop, rest and soak up the atmosphere. It was good we could sit down while our guide explained everything. As you are getting older standing with a crowd listening to a guide gets very tiring so having our own guide made sense and she looked after us wonderfully. One of the best things in the fort was the mirror tiles, they are stunning although there were a lot of amazing things we loved watching the elephants bringing the people into the fort. I was dubious of being able to get around in the fort but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything.
After we left the fort we saw the Water Palace it looked beautiful sitting there in the middle of a lake. We had an excellent guide Nidhi who gave us a wonderful insight into Jaipur its history and the people. We went to bed that night very tired but very happy people. Thank you Delhi Magic Tours
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