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Jaipur, India - Images du Rajasthan - Un Monsieur & son dromadaire

Now in the region of Rajasthan, the scenery continues to blow my mind, as never before. 

Throughout this entire adventure, I’ve been fortunate enough to see things I’d only dreamed about before. 

In Costa Rica, driving through the jungle near the Arenal Volcano, and coming up-close and personal with these little creatures called, Coatis, unknown to me beforehand.

Then in Australia, as we walked through the park/golf course, and run into Kangaroos . . . just like that!  So magical!

Or in Malaysia, on my way to KL’s National Monument, and have the privilege of being accompanied by the numerous monkeys, just waiting around and hoping to get a little snack from the passerby. 

And in Nepal, how awesome was it to be able to cross paths with a gigantic elephant, just crossing the street!!

The many unique moments have become our reality in every country we’ve visited, and things would be no different here!!

In India, the sacred cows, the mischievous monkeys, and now coming face to face with camels, truly amazing!!

Yes!  It had always been a dream of mine to be able to see camels in their own surroundings .

Jaipur, India - Droma-taxi !!
. . and now my wish was being granted!!

As we were making our way into this stunningly beautiful region, at a crossroad, there they were . . . camels just crossing the road, blending in with the honking cars and noisy traffic all about.  WOW!!!

We were in for a treat!!!  Shouldn’t be too excited about the incident considering it wasn’t a pleasant one, really!

You see, as we were taken away by the moment, of course, our first reaction was to pull out our cameras to take a few pictures . . .

Apparently though, one of the camels’ owners didn’t appreciate our gesture!!  To the point that he began yelling, waving his fist at us, and even started throwing rocks at us! 

Ha, as if that would make us stop snapping away!!

So obviously, the gentleman’s behavior did not help to change Arnaud’s opinion regarding our dear Indians that he had so much grown to love.

Jaipur, India - Greetings from Rajasthan!!

Unfortunately, it added on to the frustration already accumulated, thus making the feeling of TOO MUCH to grow even more. 

To make things worse, my pobresito came down with a sort of pink-eye, and so would practically be bed-ridden during our entire stay in this lovely city.  :(

Luckily though, we were welcomed by Kuldeep, our couchsurfing contact, who would be a great help to us, thank the Lord!

He was unable to personally host us, but he did do the next big thing, he introduced us to another CSer, Ranjeet, who would be able to let us stay with his family for a few days.

Before heading off to take in the sights of Jaipur, aka the Pink City, we did have the honor of being part of show and tell at the local elementary school, where Kuldeep’s wife is a teacher.

Jaipur, India - Everyday traffic jam . . . buses, motos, rickshaws, camels, and all!!!

Arnaud particularly enjoyed himself because he was the highlight of the activity.  Who doesn’t like being the star of the show?!  The kids were really happy to have us visit, and so were we!

We told them all about our adventures, and they asked away, intrigued by us; especially with Arnaud because it was probably the first time these youngsters were meeting a European up-close.

It’s too bad that Arnaud’s raging eye-infection kicked in soon after.  Visiting the city would be out of the question for now.  :(

The good news is that Arnaud did recover after some well-deserved R&R, and was able to complete his mission as initially intended. 

You see, we had heard that Jaipur was THE place to buy a traditional Indian sherwani, which Arnaud had set his mind on purchasing for his best friend’s wedding back in France.

Jaipur, India - Watch out, camel crossing!
 

Yep, we’d be the only ones dressed as Indians for Cedric’s big day, and that was perfectly ok with us!!  We’re not shy!  Again we’d be the attraction upon our return to Paris.  ;)

Ok so back to sightseeing around the Pink City . . . it was a blast!  Bummed that I couldn’t share it with my honey, but still loved exploring the city on my own.

My visit wasn’t completely carried out all alone, because I opted to do a little tour being offered by a friendly rickshaw driver. 

And really, quite pleased with his services, because not only was I not alone to sightsee, I also benefited from seeing some of the best spots, thanks to this fellow who knew just where to take me!

The beautifully made-up elephants and camels, the snake charmers, the palaces . . . everything was stunning!  Really, the architecture all about is just gorgeous!

Overall, strolling around the streets of Jaipur, though a bit hectic and rather filthy, was a real treat for me.

Jaipur, India - Bel Homme au Turban du Rajasthan

Wish we had more time to visit the lovely region of Rajasthan more in-depth, but hey maybe next time!!

For now, off we go to Bombay, our last destination here in Incredible India!!

A une cinquantaine de kilomètres de Jaipur, on attendait un nouveau camion pour y grimper dessus mais on fut intercepté comme jamais on avait été approché.

C’est à dire, je voulais filmer des dromadaires chargés comme des mules qui traversaient la voie rapide, l’autoroute pour nous, le propriétaire de l’animal commença alors à me jeter des grosses pierrasses sur la gueule !

Le pire c’est au début je ne comprenais pas pourquoi, car ce n’était même pas lui que je filmais mais l’animal.

Jaipur, India - Arnaud, the guest-speaker

On échangea donc un gros sac d’insultes, puis tout le monde continua son chemin comme il était venu...

En arrivant à Jaipur, on avait un ami du couchsurfing qui allait nous trouver un endroit où dormir, le jardin de la maison de son oncle allait être notre chez nous pour quelques nuits.

Avant de planter la tente, il nous proposa d’aller rencontrer sa femme qui était directrice d’école primaire. On visita toute l’école pour faire plaisir à tous ces enfants.

C’était peut être pour eux, la première fois qu’il voyait d’aussi près un blanc. Ils étaient très curieux et me posèrent quelques questions sur notre voyage.

Jaipur, India - Q&A session at Kuldeep's wife's school
J’avais l’impression d’être dans un reportage. 

Le deuxième jour, un problème allait freiner mes ardeurs pour visiter la ville. J’avais mal aux yeux, bizarre non ? On allait donc essayer de trouver un docteur.

La direction de l’hôpital était toute tracée. On nous conseillait plutôt d’aller voir un ophtalmologiste, elle m’examinait puis me donnait des cachets et des gouttes. Rien de très grave.

J’étais aussi très affaibli. J’avais besoin de repos, pendant ce temps là, Juanita ne perdait pas de temps et visitait la ville.

Elle put voir ces fameux charmeurs de serpents qui en jouant de leurs flutes font se dresser les cobras.

Jaipur, India - Arnaud & Kuldeep, répondent aux questions des élèves

On profitait de Jaipur aussi pour s’acheter des costumes pour le mariage de Cédric et Lila. On pensait y aller en tenue traditionnelle et d’après les dires de la population, les meilleurs Saris sont à Jaipur.

Juanita avait déjà son habille de lumière, celui de la sœur de Guna via Malaisie. Il fallait simplement pour moi une paire de chaussures et un costume.

Je trouvais mon bonheur dans un petit marché local. On pouvait donc partir pour notre dernière destination Bombay.

Et quelle galère pour y arriver, d’autant plus qu’on choisit la méthode la plus simple pour s’y rendre, le train, après avoir fait 38 heures de train en Chine, ce n’est pas quelques heures en Inde qui allait nous impressionner.

Jaipur, India - Sanganeri Gate

Et bien non, on avait pas tout vu...

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