Delhi to Jaipur : 265km

Trip Start Apr 30, 2012
Trip End May 10, 2012

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Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

2nd May 2012 :

The Indian Traffic:
We were picked up by Raj at our hotel early in the morning and started off our 265km drive to Jaipur. If we thought we had seen all the craziness there is about the Indian traffic, we were in for quick a shock today. The Indian motorway traffic was equally crazy!

We learned today that the dividing lines on the roads of India are just there to comply with the international-standard regulations. Nobody follows them. Instead of driving 'inside' the lines, the drivers in India seemed to have preferred to drive 'over' them. They will just cramped as many cars as possible to the width of the roads. Another common thing which we observed on the roads today was the use of their side mirrors. most of them were not used. They pushed in towards the driver to enable the driver to squeeze the car in between the others. 

Vehicles were carrying passengers beyond the allowed limit. Passengers were hanging on for their dear lives from the roofs, sides and backs of vehicles. We will just let our photos do the talking.    

Royal Palace & Royal Observatory:
We arrived in Jaipur around afternoon and visited the Royal Palace (recommended) and the Royal Observatory (nothing special, unless you are an enthusiast). 

The guards at the Royal Palace were very friendly when we were there. They encouraged us to take photographs with them but asked us for some change in return for that, which we did not mind. If you do, then, please be aware of this and do not photograph them. 

There was also a guard in the Royal Palace itself who walked up to us and told us that he collected coins around the world and asked if we could give him a coin from where we were. Argi gamely fished out some English coins from his pocket and handed over a 50p coin to him. He looked at the other coins on Argi's palm and asked whether he could have the 1 coin instead 
:-)) !! Again, we did not mind, laughed it off and gave him what he wanted.      

After looking through the complex, we decided to head back to the hotel to just chill and relax. Also, we wanted to give Raj an early day off for him to spend some time with his family in Jaipur.

He dropped us off at the Four Point by Sheraton Hotel and I unpacked and rested while Argi headed out to the streets for his daily run-training. I said a little prayer for his safety, as he will be running through the crazy traffic!

Here's our review of the Four Point by Sheraton Hotel:

We were very surprised to read some of the unfavourable reviews about this hotel on TripAdvisor as our 2-night stay there has been simply marvelous! Due to the fact that we were there during the off-peak season, we paid only a mere 45 per night for our wonderful 5-star room!

Our room was on the 7th floor and we had a fantastic view of the city, although the city was not very pretty! We were given a Starwood Preferred Guest room - the big bed was very comfortable, the room was clean, the toiletries were luxurious, the hot shower and air-conditioner, perfect!! We did not use the pool as we did not have time for that. It was true what one reviewer had said – they placed a guy there, just to shoo away the pigeons from the pool! Argi used the gym and he said it was fine and modern.

We enjoyed the breakfast spread very much, which was a mixture of Western and Indian. We had Raj who came and fetched us for our sight-seeing and then sent us back to the comfort of our room, so transportation was not a problem for us.

The only thing which we think could have been improved is the wifi service. The hotel actually charged for this. We think that these days, wifi should come free with the room. Even budget hotels in India provide this service for free! Be that as it may, we did not mind paying for it, considering the fact that we paid so little for our room.

We have no hesitation at all in recommending this hotel to other travelers to Jaipur.
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