Posted by: Mary | August 16, 2012

Whirlwind Jaipur

Originally published on my private blog on March 15, 2010

Amber Palace in Jaipur

We arrived in Jaipur and negotiated for a taxi and driver for the day and specified where we wanted to go so that we were able to ensure we saw the highlights that were most interesting to us. (It’s important to find a driver that will take you only where you want to go and not to all of the shops where he will earn a commission.)  We first stopped at the Hawa Mahal, also known as Palace of Winds, and took a few pictures and then headed out to the Amber Fort and Amber Palace. We could not go into the fort, but it was an amazing structure. More amazing was the inside of the palace! The architecture was beautiful and was the Muhgal style like what I had seen at the Alhambra in Granada. It was amazing! We hired a guide for a few dollars and learned more about the place than we had read before visiting. It was definitely worth it.

Jal Mahal (Water Palace) in Jaipur

Gaitore (royal cremation ground) in Jaipur

When we finished our visit at the palace, we stopped at some of the cottage industry shops, but didn’t find anything that we were looking for. We made a stop to get a view of Jal Mahal, also known as the Water Palace, and then headed to Gaitore, the grounds where royalty used to be cremated. It was somewhat of a ruins now, but the architecture was still beautiful.

M and I were both interested in getting some scarves and spices, so we made a few stops to do a little shopping. We had some tea masala in one little shop and made our purchases after shopping leisurely. Then we headed south to Birla Mandir, a Hindu temple. We had such a full day that we never stopped for lunch, but fortunately had brought snacks.

After visiting the temple, we headed back to the airport and back to Delhi on the last flight for the night. We had pre-arranged to have dinner at our B&B when we arrived from the airport at 8:30pm and they made excellent food! When we got back to our room after dinner, we found a nice surprise waiting for us. They had made us a “Welcome” cake!

Welcome Cake

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