Jaipur, India 

We spent a hectic 48 hours in Jaipur or ‘The Pink City’ as it’s also known. This frenzy was in part because of the busy traffic and noise that is typical of all India’s cities and partly because our rickshaw driver wouldn’t let us do what we wanted but rather what he wanted. Including a two day attempt to get us to go to an elephant village. It was exhausting. 

We started at Jantar Mantar, a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. I’d highly recommend watching the instructional video before looking at the monuments because we wandered around in a state of confusion, this was beyond our Y7 maths. 

En route to Hawa Mahal, Palace of the Winds, we spotted our first game of street cricket and, for a small price, Adrian was allowed to have a go. 

After that we ventured to Albert Hall which, like London’s namesake, has a lot of pigeons everywhere.

Then we travelled out to Amber Fort, the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families. 

Situated on a hill it was a sweaty walk up and down but well worth it for the views and a better look at the marble and red sandstone construction. 

On day threed we hired a different rickshaw driver who let us visit the palace that we wanted to see, this allowed us a good view of The Pink City although it is not as pink as Jodhpur is blue. The size is vast considering this is the third largest city in Rajhastan. All in all there is a lot to see and do in Jaipur, and all really great, you just have to find the right person to take you there. 

Disco’s High: street cricket!

Disco’s Low: lots of people tried to rip us off in Jaipur.

Footluce’s high: monkey temple.

Footluce’s low: unsuccessful negotiations with rickshaw Raul.


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