Ho Hum.. Jaipur..

Trip Start May 02, 2006
Trip End Mar 02, 2007

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Hello from Jaipur.

Jaipur is Rajasthan's capital
and we'd heard that it's the state's most polluted and hassle loaded
city. Certainly a notion we concur with. Camel carts, cars, cows,
rickshaws, snuffling pigs, motorcycles, street children and beggars
exist to drive you insane on a daily basis. Certainly not a great
introduction to life in Rajasthan, in fact we hated the place from
first impressions.

That being said there is apparently plenty to
see and do in the 'Pink City' if you listen to the touts. Due to time
constraints we only allowed ourselves two days and as such only took in
the Amber Fort, Lake Palace, the Old City and the City Palace (just the
gate actually). These were the highlights that Kat remembered from her
trip here with Liza back in 2000.

Our first stop was to be the
Amber Fort which is quite nice (from a distance). There is an amazingly
putrid lake out the front of the fort that just REEKS! Amazingly it had
live fish (dirty carp) and not so amazingly dead animals and some chap
was washing clothes in it. My god, I've seen some stink holes in my
time but this took the cake.

Once we managed to drag ourselves
away from the putrid lake we made our way up to the Amber Fort on the
rocky mountainside. The Amber Fort is quite nice and isn't a bad
attraction as far as India goes but by no means is it worth seeing if
you ask us.

On the way back from the Fort we stopped and took
photos of the Lake Palace which was another absolute disgrace. The
'lake' was nothing more than a sewerage tip. If you wanted to get out
to the Palace you'd have to wade knee deep in shit basically. I really
worry about the state of these attractions when the Indian authorities
do absolutely nothing to take care of them. I don't see a bright future
for Rajasthan unless they start preserving the sites that we the
tourists are forced to pay top dollar to visit.

Our next day was
spent wandering the old city and the bazaar's contained within. Again
it was nothing special but we did watch a great fight between two drunk
beggars who were unfortunately afflicted with leprosy. We moved on
pretty quickly however as we didn't want to get hit by any flying arms
or legs.

All in all Jaipur really isn't worth visiting from our point of view.
The state of the fort, palace and city in general is very very patchy
at best. In hindsight, there's better places in Rajasthan so save your
money for Jodhpur and Jaisalmer which are far more interesting places
to spend a few days.

Next Pod - Jodhpur, India.


Nath and Kat.
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