Beautiful Jaipur

Trip Start Dec 15, 2012
Trip End Dec 27, 2012

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Where I stayed
Hotel Mahal Khandela Jaipur
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Amber (Amer) Fort and Palace Jaipur
Read my review - 5/5 stars
City Palace of Jaipur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Jantar Mantar - Jaipur
Read my review - 3/5 stars
Nahargarh Fort Jaipur
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

    The drive to Jaipur from Delhi was extremely long-think 8 hours.  Its also interestingly dangerous as, depending on your driver, there is an endless supply of large trucks, several camels, jay walkers, motorcyclists, that you will most likely try to overtake.  You can see some locals in their shops or too many people crammed into the back of a truck or a bus. 
    Unlike Delhi, Jaipur was a city catered to tourists.  It had a beautiful city scape with colorful houses, vibrant markets, gorgeous sites-and the locals took full advantage of the tourists as well.  It was almost impossible to use a washroom without someone in there asking for tips.  Photographers asking for money by taking your pictures.  Too many merchants coming up to you to sell things you don't need...
    But overall, Jaipur's beauty made up for the lack of it at Delhi.  Very dry, sunny climate with clear skies and awesome architecture.  On the afternoon of arrival to the city, we drove up to Nahargarh to get a breathtaking view of the city.  We were pleasantly surprised by the nice hotel with a heater and decent wifi in the rooms.

    The next morning, we rode elephants up to the Amber Fort and Palace.  I've ridden elephants before, but this was unlike my previous experiences because you were going with beautiful views down below of the city as well as outstanding architecture along the way and above you. The fort itself was also amazing.  Then we walked down and drove to the Jantar Mantar which would be a playground for nerds interested in sundials and astronomy.  The city palace was also worth my time with a lot of history and details.  Then we walked around the markets at night time where we viewed perfumes, camel leather, tourist gifts, and vegetables being sold on the streets.  Jaipur is a city I would recommend to all tourists. 
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