The Pink City

Trip Start Mar 06, 2011
Trip End Apr 29, 2011

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Thursday, March 17, 2011

After spending our first night in Chomu palace, we enjoy breakfast and head out for a Jeep Safari around the local villages of Chomu to get a feel of everyday life and chores of the local people.  We all jump into the Jeep and  Arion corrects me and states the vehicle is not really a Jeep as the logo has Mahindra on it, either way he was really excited to be going on his first jeep like ride.  As our vehicle pulls out of our hotel and onto the main street of Chomu, the traffic is chaotic, horns blazing, people everywhere, which is quite different compared to Melbourne traffic.  As we get through the main street, our driver veers off to a little street on our left, it's much quieter now and we start to pass peoples homes and local wheat farms.  Tourists get a lot of attention here and as we were driving past each and every local, we were  greeted with a hello and a wave, they seemed really friendly.   After about an hour or so we complete our safari ride and decide to have a shower to get rid of the dust and then rest before heading to our next stop Jaipur.   Jaipur also known as the Pink City due to the colour of it's buildings was just a short 45 minute trip to our hotel which also happens to be a Palace - Naila Bagh, it's quite nice but does not compare to Chomu Palace.   Nala Palace is an 18 century building and was the residence of the Prime Minster of Jaipur Pre-Independence. As we check in,  we find we are upgraded to the Maharaja suite which is an elegant furnished room in the Rajasthan style.    We have lunch and head out for a brief walk in the city streets of the old town of Jaipur, we feel a lot more comfortable in these streets, it's busy but bearable.  As we learn about the history and the Maharajas that have ruled here, we turn down a alley way full of local stores selling Sari's to bangles to food.   When Lisiana saw the bangles we had to stop and get a few to add to her collection, her choice of colour was pink.  We watched the owner of the store hand craft Lisiana's bangle to fit perfectly on her hand, it was a lot of work but made our daughter very happy.  After an enjoyable walk, we head back to the hotel for a brief rest and then get driven to our evening of entertainment called Chokhi Dhani which is like the concept of Sovereign Hill, a town that displays the life, dance , activities and food of the Rajasthan people.  As we jump out of the car you can hear the drums beating, the atmosphere was quite lively, people dancing, camel and elephant rides roaming around us.  The kids absolutely loved it, the dinner was great value,  we had to take off our shoes and sit on the floor and eat the local food of Rajasthan Villages, in addition our waiters were a good laugh and made our dinner experience a memorable one.  
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