The Pink City

Jaipur Travel Blog

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Unfortunately we did not have long in Jaipur, Tom and Ian being eager to sort their Chinese visas in Delhi as soon as possible.

The city is pink as it was painted such in order to welcome the Prince of Wales in 1876 (later Edward VII), and the tradition has been maintained. It is not the most pleasant city, pretty dirty and everything flying around at break-neck speed. We took a stroll around the old, wall-enclosed, city, and visited the Jantar Mantar, an observatory dating from 1728, its kind of a huge stone calendar. The huge 27m sundial is accurate to around 20 seconds.

In the evening we went up to the Galta, another temple with monkeys, from where we watched the sunset over the old city and Tiger Fort, very spectacular. Also rather comical as Ian had a flip-flop stolen by a monkey and had to going stumbling round the hill to retrieve it!

We also caught England's predictable poor showing against Sweden, and drowned our sorrows yet again afterwards. I know that it sounds like we have turned into alcoholic wrecks on this trip, but we haven't been drinking that much - honest! Anways, on to Delhi by train.

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