Last weekend I decided it was time Sam and I finally paid a visit to Jaipur. Dubbed the Pink City because the central market used to be painted all pink with paint made from roses. This was a romantic gesture that a Mughal king had done to impress his English wife*. It is much more importantly the centre of handblock printing, but I'm saving that story for later. Here is a collection of some of my pictures from our crazy animal-filled visit to Jaipur.
|Space Communication store in the central market. Now the pink is more of an orange shade because the government realised too late that the pink colours was an attraction.|
|Hello little pidgeon. Saw this through the window as we were walking up the vantage point tower Siralaat.|
|Sundial with the precision of 2 seconds.|
|Which zodiac is this? From the Jantar Mantar astrological observatorium.|
|The Anokhi Museum of handblok printing|
|A wedding horse|
|The view from Amber Fort to Nahagarh Fort|
|Inside Amber Fort|
|Workshop of gold dust printing|
|Handblock printing factory|
The first day we just managed to have a look around the places our excessively charming driver wanted to take us. The second he showed us some factories for whom he used to work as a salesman. He also introduced me to a guru who predicted that I would have troubles with my stomach within two days - thankfully that never happened. So hopefully I will also avoid arthritis and keep my hearing! We ended our last day at the Indian Coffee House. A place where a meal will cost you less than you could ever imagine and where the waiters starch their headdresses in a manner so that they have 20 centimetres of fabric standing straight on the top of their heads.
*Caution: this info is provided by a cheeky untrustworthy tuktuk driver and should have been checked.