Saturday, March 26, 2016

Jaipur India

The last stop on our Golden Triangle tour was the city of Jaipur.  Jaipur is on the edge of the desert.  It reminded me of the area around Phoenix Arizona. (minus the Saguaro Cactus.

Many of the Indian women wear beautifully colored dresses.   This woman was one of the tourists visiting the sites.

Front view of Amber Fort from the road
We took a trip to the Amer Fort (they called it the Amber Fort due to the yellow walls).  It was opened in 1592 and was the palace of Raja Man Singh.  To get to the fort we rode elephants up the winding road to the top of the hill.  We rode in Jeeps to come down.  The elephant rides were a total tourist trap but an interesting experience none the less.  It was reminiscent of what it must have been like to be royalty approaching the palace.

Our perch kept sliding off to the side.  I thought we were going to end up under the Elephant.

Even Marla rode the Elephant!

 There is a "small" palace in the lake just outside the Amer Fort.

Grant and Eden practicing their medication skills.

We stopped at a shop where they were practicing the art of Hand Stamping fabric.  Small wooden molds are dipped into inks made of natural materials and then "pressed" onto the fabric.  The combination of molds makes for very intricate patterns.  Everyone got to give it a try.  Then of course we had to purchase some of their wares.

Galtaji or more commonly known as the Monkey Temple.  This Hindu temple complex dates back to the 1500s.  It is still a site of Hindu pilgrimages every year.  It is located in a very tight little mountain canyon.  The monkeys come down from the hills for hand outs from the tourists.

The monkeys were particularly attracted to Thea.  Marla does not look happy about this.  The monkeys were very dirty.

Jantar Mantar was build in 1738 by Sawai Jai Singh the area ruler at the time.  He was very interested in astronomy and built a series of 19 fixed astronomical instruments for observing the stars and the sun.  The large sun dials are the largest in the world and are accurate to within 20 seconds.

Hawa Mahal is a palace in Jaipur, India, so named because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside.

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