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13 October, 2016

4 days in Jabardasht ( Incredible ) Jaipur

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( Recipe in the next post )

 

Jaipur  in  Rajasthan  is  a  city  of  Kings  and  Queens,  of  camels  and  elephants,  of Palaces  and  marble  quarries.   It  is  a  city  of  pink  walls  and  pink  sandstone  buildings. It  is  a  city  of  men  with  brightly  coloured  turbans  and  women  with  equally  bright  saris  contrasting  the  ochre  desert  behind,  of  innocent  eyes  and  hearty  smiles  and  above  all,  of  great  food.

I  would  like  to  share  with  you  what  we  saw  and  what  we  ate.

“There  are  over  900 small  windows”,  he  said  pointing  his  index  finger  upwards.  This  was  followed  by  a  palpable  pause,  as  if  giving  us  time  to  come  to  terms  with  the  information  he  just  shared.  Amit,  a  vivacious  twenty  something  was  our  tour  guide  showing  around  Hawa  Mahal.  Palace  of  winds  as  it  is  otherwise  known  as,  is  an  iconic  landmark  of  Jaipur,  India.

  untitled-55    Ladies  of  the  royal  families  enjoyed  the  outdoors  from  this  Palace,  without  themselves  being  visible.untitled-58

The  City  Palace  gives  a  splendid  glimpse of  the  erstwhile  royal  life.  The  textile  exhibits,  the  armouries  were  worth  spending  time  for.

My  eyes  were  drawn  to  the  shiny  pots  being  neatly  arranged  for  some  celebration  later  in  the  evening.  Just    imagine  their  exquisite  contents  !

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antar  Mantar,  our  next  attraction,  literally  translates  to  “Calculating  Instrument”.  Completed  in  1734  it  allowed  the  observation    of  Astronomical  positions  with  the  naked  eye.untitled-53

The  majestic  Amer  Fort  rising  against  the  blue  sky  was  our  next  destination.    The  grand  architecture,  the  geometric  columns,  the  filigreed  windows  transported me  to  the  days  gone  by.

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It  was  time  to  head  out  for  some  food.  Amit  directed  us  to  the  “Pink  city”  restaurant.  We  wanted  to  try  the  local  food.  The  place  was  packed  with  locals  and  tourists  alike.  We  started  with  sweet  lassi,  a  yoghurt  drink  garnished  generously  with

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The  vegetarian  Thali  (plate),  is  an  elaborate  affair,  containing  nine  or  ten  small  bowls  neatly  arranged  around  a  big  dinner  plate.  Mouth  watering  yoghurt  dish,  soul  satisfying  lentils,  curry  made  with  Poppadums,  dry  dish  with  cauliflower,  raita,  rice  pudding  each  calling  my  name.  Rice  and  two  different  flatbreads,  salad  to  accompany  the  above.

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The  next  food  stop  was  at  “Virasat”,  a  royal  dining  affair.  Plush  low  seating,  silverware,  live  traditional  music,  complete  with  a  throne  for  a  photo  opportunity.

untitled-50 The  roadside  had  a  variety  of  vendors,  from   sweet  cotton  candy  to  spicy  Poppadums.

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We  took  a  day  trip  to  Pushkar,  a  couple  hours  outside  Jaipur. This  sleepy  little  town  comes  to  life  in  November  when  it  holds  the  largest  cattle  fair  in  the  world.

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We  were  `spoilt  for  choices  of  transport  here.  There  was  the  luxury  tourist  bus,  air  conditioned  sedan  and  brightly  decorated  double  humped  camels.  Take  your  pick.

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Different  shaped  sweets  decorated  with  rose  petals  or  pistachio  nuts  adorned  the  sides  of  the  road.

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Evenings  were spent  enjoying  the  traditional  folk  dances.  Ladies  with  brightly  coloured  outfits  swirled  around  balancing  a  pile  of  pots  on  their  heads.

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Our  stay  was  too  short  and  we  could  only  touch  the  tip  of  the  iceberg.

I  would  like  to  go  back  for  a  longer  holiday.

“Khambagani”,  as  they  say  respectfully.

Notes:

I  lost  this  page  after  a  computer  glitch.  My  apologies  if  you  followed  the  link  from  fb  and  was  unable  to  find  this  post,  I  have  also  lost  the  previous  comments.

By  Ratna

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2 thoughts on : 4 days in Jabardasht ( Incredible ) Jaipur

  • October 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    This trip of yours is so intriquing & so wonderful. What a colorful culture Indian has to offer!!! I would love to experience it myself one day. Thank you so much for this post, which it really reminds me of how fantastic India can be 🙂

    • Ratna
      October 22, 2016 at 5:02 am

      Yes Pang, India is truly incredible. There is so much to enjoy, eat and shop. I am sure you will experience that one day. Just like any other city a bit of awareness comes handy. Thank you for stopping by…

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