Our hunt for dinner took us to a Restaurant called the Copper Khurchan. Lovely parathas, and sides. But what really had me smiling was this sign at the bar:
We hired a guide with a taxi the next day to take us to various places in and around Jaipur. first off, Amer fort. Our Guide wanted to know if we'd like to go up the fort by elephant (yes, that's right, elephant), but we politely declined his offer. So up we went, by taxi. En route were some pretty interesting buildings and people.
But all of them very interesting.
As we entered the fort, we were greeted by the sight of disembarking tourists off the string of elephants.
|Amer fort atop the Aravalli hills|
|The reservoir, The planned saffron gardens in the middle and the pathway for the elephants to get it to the overhead reservoirs. Yes, they had a system for running water (hot and cold) even back then in the 18th century|
|Ganesh Pol - the gates to the first courtyard. The colours are made of completely natural dyes.|
|Sheesh Mahal. Used as a royal resting day of yore, where a few candles would provide sufficient light and heat on cold nights|
|Murals made of natural pigments and gold|
|design details of the bath houses|
|Lock design on the main gate|
And I must say, after Amer, we were slightly disappointed. Granted, we saw 'Jaivana' - the world's largest cannon, and some spectacular views of Jaipur, but that was it. The Architecture did not impress. But I don't suppose it was ever built as a residence. It seemed to be more of a military garrison. Also, apparently, this place was a canon foundry in the ancient days due to the abundance of iron ore found in the surrounding region.
|The windows were a lovely mix of European design and the more traditional jharokhas|
|The kids of course, loved waving at me out of the myriad of windows|
|You can see the entire city of Jaipur on a good day.|
|I love this whole windows-within-window-within door thing happening throughout this palace.|
|The roofscape. Unmistakably Rajasthani.|
Then it was on to the City palace and Hawa Mahal.
The City Palace is, of course far more commercial and more touristy as compared to the forts, but I'd still give it a gander. Besides, Pickwick who is currently fascinated with all things biggest-and-largest-and-remotely-warrior-like wanted to see all the weapons that they had on display.
Imagine the fascination of the kids when they spotted this snake charmer just outside the palace door. Ohh, the squealing and delighted whoops! enough the melt the hardest of hearts, and I decided to save my lectures on endangered species and animal rights for another day.
|Yes, that's a cobra eyeing you.|
And here's Pickwick's fun fact of the day: This is the largest single- piece silver artefact in the world. I do not envy the polishers.
yeah, probably a pretty good example of the local architecture - and you can see why its called the pink city, but for me, the most beautiful of the structures was Hawa Mahal.
Now I know this post has far too many photos, but really, would it be fair to deprive you of the architecture the beautiful Hawa Mahal? I think not. So here goes:
|The now-familiar roof scape|
|I know. Window-and-door obsession. But still, has character, no?|
|The internal courtyard with the fountains. can just about spot Jantar Mantar in the distance|
|Apologies for the slightly skewed internal façade. I apparently lean to the right ;)|
|Pretty stain glass|
*That might take a little time coming - I went slightly berserk with the pictures and have to wade through it all to pick out a select few for the blog.