As we headed out of Delhi in our car on the way to Jaipur my eyes were glued to the car window. The craziness of Delhi traffic was nothing compared to the highways. We not only had to stop for cows, but also camels, goats and horses. We saw busses loaded with people including some sitting on top and hanging on to the side. One guy was such an expert he was hanging on with one hand and texting with the other. It made for an interesting 7 hour car ride.
Before we hit Jaipur we visited the Amber Fort which lays on the outskirts of the city. The fort was built up into the hills and has stunning views of Jaipur. We had a guide included and it was good to hear about the history while we wandered around looking at all the different sections of the fort. Due to the heavy rains of the monsoon much of it had been damaged but some of the carved entrance was were luckily still standing. The highlight for me though were the cheeky monkeys running around.
We then drove through the pink walls that give the city its nickname into the heart of Jaipur which is as crazy and busy as Delhi. Our evening was spent checking out the hustle and bustle of Jaipur streets from the roof top terrace of our hotel. We stood for ages watching the cars and rickshaws rush through a crowded street while four cows sat in the middle of the road. It was a great way to see the city while escaping from the overwhelming scenes.
The next day we went to visit the rest of the tourist attractions Jaipur is famous for. The Jantar Mantar observatory next to the City Palace was pretty interesting as they had ornaments and structures used to measure the sun and moon dating back to 1728. Inside the City Palace was my favourite attraction so far. There was so much to see and this time it wasn’t just a building. The also had museums of historical Indian dress which was great to read about as I now understand a bit more about the traditional sari’s and turbans. The most interesting thing we stumbled upon just outside the gates was a snake charmer with two cobras. For a small price you could sit down next to him, play a kazoo and even touch the snake. I gave it a miss but James got close enough to snap some good pictures and have a feel of its skin.
On our last evening in Jaipur we hit the Raj Mandir Cinema, Indias first ever cinema, for a bollywood movie. And I loved it! We saw Ek Tha Tiger and the movie was everything you would expect in a bollywood movie – action, romance, comedy and best of all the singing and dancing. Most of it was in Hindi but parts here and there were in English so we got the gist of what was happening. It went for two and a half hours with an interval in the middle but we stuck it out until the end. The cinema itself is really pretty and the crowds really got into the whole experience. Every time the main characters came on screen, said something witty, escaped the bad guys or kissed the whole crowd would scream, clap and cheer. It was so much fun and a big highlight of my trip so far.