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The Royal Indian Wedding!

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Bearded and dressed up for the wedding.

Welcome to Rajastan!  I am now deep in north-west India about to spend a month in Rajastan.  Jaipur is the first stop.  I am actually starting to get a little edgy and even annoyed with the people here.  It seems as though everyone wants something from me.  I am also starting to feel dirty.  Hmmm.  Not good.

After taking an organized tour of Jaipur, I started to wonder why I came here.  It seemed to be the first place where I might not feel that time was well spent.  But...... then something magical happened:

Jason and I went to visit a friend of a friend who is a travel agent in Jaipur, India.  After spending 2 hours with him, he asked what we were doing that night.

Dressed up and chic - with our already-married dates for the night!
  Of course, we weren't doing anything, so he invited us to a wedding!  But, he looked at us - scrolling down our bodies from head to tow and asked if we "had nice clothes".  Jason replied with a quick but hesitant, "I have some jeans?"  Hilarious.  So, Mr. Pradeep literally snapped his hand and a servant came in.  He spoke in Hindi and 10 seconds later he informed us that we had a "private car" for the rest of the day.  He summoned a second boy into the room and 20 seconds later told us that we were being taken shopping - for clothes - for the wedding.

Sure enough, we had a chauffeur to drive us around and a stylist to take us shopping.  I felt like I was in that NBC TV show "Queer Eye For the Straight Guy".  After 3 hours of trying on dress clothes and constantly asking what was appropriate, I decided against traditional attire and the full suit.

Our host dancing at the wedding party
  I settled for black slacks and a light colored shirt. 

Our chauffeur waited as I bought flowers and showered.  The second he dropped us off, I was in awe.  We went to the private residence of royalty.  Even the kind and queen of Jaipur were there.  I felt like I was in a movie.  There were about 200 people socializing on the enormous lawn with a silver platter catered dinner party on the grounds of the villa.  The host did not stop handing me drinks all night long.  It was the first time I had alcohol since Turkey.  He practically force-fed me whiskey and coke all night.  The host flew the chefs in from Lucknow, India.  They brought local Rajastani villagers to play traditional music and dance.  Beautiful women in gold-laced sarees danced their choreographed pieces for us.  It was a magical night.  I truly felt like I was in a movie all night long.  Everyone was eager and excited to meet and talk with the western guys.  Quite naturally, I enjoyed the attention. 

And so, Jaipur turned out to be something quite special!

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Bearded and dressed up for the wed…
Bearded and dressed up for the we…
Dressed up and chic - with our alr…
Dressed up and chic - with our al…
Our host dancing at the wedding pa…
Our host dancing at the wedding p…
Our private shopping excursion for…
Our private shopping excursion fo…
Flowers for the wedding host
Flowers for the wedding host
The backyard grounds of the villa …
The backyard grounds of the villa…
Beatiful women in saris
Beatiful women in saris
The QUEEN of Jaipur (in the middle…
The QUEEN of Jaipur (in the middl…
A choreographed dance at the weddi…
A choreographed dance at the wedd…
Dancing at the wedding.
Dancing at the wedding.
Our hosts!
Our hosts!
Mirror tiles!
Mirror tiles!
Entrance to the Fort
Entrance to the Fort
The Maharaja Palace
The Maharaja Palace
locals leaving the Jaipur Fort
locals leaving the Jaipur Fort
Shadow-chill on the Jaipur Fort
Shadow-chill on the Jaipur Fort
Just your average entertainer(and …
Just your average entertainer(and…
Jaipur
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