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Jantar Mantar

The pink city of Jaipur was our guide Brij's hometown, so on the day of our arrival, we got to meet his family for dinner at a nice upscale restaurant called Indiana. It was also Jo's birthday, so it was a very festive evening. The dancers at the restaurant were amazing--five baskets on her head, and then doing a waist bend I couldn't even do at all, much less keeping my head straight enough to keep the baskets on.

The next morning, we got up early to see Jaipur's famous Amber Fort. The trip up to the fort is on elephant back, for which there is a significant wait. The local vendors put this time to full use--they bustle around the hordes of tourists hawking their wares, and will follow you through the line for quite some time if you show even the slightest interest in purchasing something. The fort itself was very beautiful, but the most memorable part was the elephant ride up to it.

That afternoon was free, so David, Kelly and I took off to see Jantar Mantar, a centuries old astronomical observatory. This was another hidden gem: an open field littered with different bizarre looking sculptures and contraptions designed to measure the time of day, the position of various stars, and the current sign of the Zodiac. A very cool, and somewhat surreal experience. Now, on to the Taj Mahal!

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Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Zodiac Calendar
Zodiac Calendar
Azimuth Calculator
Azimuth Calculator
Birthday Girl Joanna
Birthday Girl Joanna
Both Zodiac Calendars
Both Zodiac Calendars
Dancer
Dancer
Dinner at Indiana
Dinner at Indiana
Five Pots!
Five Pots!
Fort
Fort
Isaac and Ariel
Isaac and Ariel
Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
Kelly and Michael
Kelly and Michael
Mammoth Sundial
Can tell time acc…
Mammoth Sundial Can tell time ac…
Marble Carving
Marble Carving
Mirrored Room
Mirrored Room
Monkey God Hanuman
Monkey God Hanuman
Our Guide Brij, with Family
Our Guide Brij, with Family
Shelly and Avery
Shelly and Avery
Sundial
Sundial
Sundial Head-On
Sundial Head-On
Sundial, Type 2
Sundial, Type 2
Typical Indian Scaffolding
Typical Indian Scaffolding
View from Fort
View from Fort
Waist Bend
Waist Bend
Zodiac Calendar
Zodiac Calendar
Jaipur
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