Jaipur Travel Blog› entry 27 of 32 › view all entries
January 29th, 2008 – by: nicoleah
The old city wasn't as nice as I expected. While all the buildings are made of the same pink colored stone, they are in grave disrepair and crumbling pretty badly. On the street level, it looks just the same as other Indian cities with shops and food vendors and garbage everywhere, plus of course the unrelenting traffic.
Below the palace I tried my first street food (gulp), mostly out of desperation. But I followed all the rules: I went to the place packed with locals, ordered vegetarian, watched them make it, and made sure it was what everyone else was ordering too. Thus far, I haven't gotten sick so it seems to have been okay.
I then went to the elephant stand for the ride up to the fort. You walk up these stairs to a little platform and they bring the elephant right up so you can climb on. Riding an elephant is somewhat like riding a horse with really wide hips. You sway side to side, but very slowly one way to the other.
Amber palace is quite large and the guide said you will get lost without the guided tour so I took the audio tour.
On the way back, the bus assistant seated me next to the driver which was a bit awkward since I had to move every time he had to switch gears. But the driver would stop so I could take pics along the way.
I then went to an internet cafe which had great speed, but crashed twice while I was there so I lost everything. I stopped at a coffee shop for a chicken burger and samosas and then went to a movie. The movie is called Sunday and was a bit difficult to follow because it was in Hindi. The director seems a bit too into special effects for my taste. It reminded me of CSI with the split screens and repeats of little action segments, plus some elements of the Matrix with slow motion karate moves. Then every now and then it would turn into a music video. I think I'll look for it later with subtitles and see if I like it more then.
Tomorrow it's off to the Taj Mahal!
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