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India: Jaipur

Sweaty bus, the Amber Palace and other cites plus a Bollywood show

sunny 34 °C
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We took a really sweaty bus to Jaipur. From memory it was a 5 hour ride.
Marnie had some great conditioning exercises up her sleeve, that you can do whilst sitting in a plane/bus/etc.
So kept pushing ourselves through them.
Good fun to while to time and actually pretty effective work!

Jaipur is crowded!

...and when we were there it was pretty darn hot!

We found some good shopping on the first afternoon. Marnie especially... found a stunning sari!

The next day was busy - first, the HUUUGE Amber Palace, which was simply incredible!
Just one of the courtyards in the Amber Palace:

.... then on to the smaller city palace (recommend the audio guide here) and Hawar Mahal (where the King's concubines would congregate and look over main street without being seen by the public)

Hawa Mahal:

Sadly in the afternoon we had an incident with some cheeky local boys... one of those shocking moments when violent retaliation almost seems rational. We had to show remorse. I've read Shantaram and didn't want to end up being a gora in an Indian jail.

By evening we were in the cinema, and what a cinema it is! More like a formal theatre - much more fancy (spiral staircases, chandeliers, oak railings) than my local Hoyts or Village, and a lot bigger!
Inside the foyer:
In Indian cinemas keeping quiet is taboo! You must yell, boo and cheer at the appropriate times... it kinda felt like dialog is timed in such a way to allow for this too - interesting!

You can view all of my Jaipur photos here.

Posted by SkinnyFists 08:39 Archived in India Tagged jaipur amber_palace bollywood_cinema

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