October 5th and 6th, 2013
WOW! India continues to be fascinating. We left Agra with a guide and driver and began our 4hour drive to Jaipur which is in the state of Rajasthan. We don’t think words can adequately explain the sights, sounds and smells of our journey. A picture is worth a thousand words so please see our photos depicting what we saw and experienced on our drive.
When we arrived in Jaipur on Saturday, we threw our luggage in the room and headed for the City Palace where the 16-year old king of Jaipur resides. The king of Jaipur is called ” king one and a quarter”, which in Hindi is “sawai”, because a visiting emissary first called the king’s Father the number one and a quarter king to emphasize that he exceeded all other kings. The largest silver pot in the world is in the city palace. We also visited Mantar Jantar which is an observatory built by the king to observe the heavens, track time and follow horoscopes.
BTW… This is the biggest sundial (Samrat Yantra) in the world! It is in the Guinness Book of Records.
Jaipur is known as the pink city because in the old town all the buildings are painted pink. The king ordered them painted pink for a visit by Prince Albert from England. Jaipur was also the first planned city in India with streets intersecting at right angles.
In the evening, we listened to traditional Indian music and watched a traditional Indian dance performance.
On Sunday, we visited the Amber Fort, Palace of the a Winds, Samode Palace, took an elephant ride, rode behind a camel on a cart, and saw the Jal Mahal Lake Palace.
We opted for the cart instead of the camel, b/c it was supposed to be a 1 1/2 to 2 hour ride. Thank goodness it wasn’t that long at all! The cart was bad enough! Now we know why the guy WALKS the camel!
We learned that Hindu’s believe in three major gods. The gods are the “generator”, who made the world, the “operator” who operates the world, and the “destroyer” who destroys evil. We also learned why the women in Rajasthan wear such brightly colored clothes. Rajasthan is very dry and has little rain. Because there is no rain, there are no rainbows. Therefore, the women make the rainbows in Rajasthan by wearing brightly colored clothes.
Next stop is Udaipur, a 6-hour drive from Jaipur. Who knows what exciting things we will see on that drive!!
We love and miss you all. Norm & Rita.
Jaipur, India.. also called the “Pink City”
On our way these are some of the sights we saw while driving to Jaipur. Crazy stuff!
Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned city near Agra we visited by tuk tuk.