Our time in Pushkar was short and it was time to move on to our next stop, Jaipur. This time we got a local train to experience how the locals travel. It was definitely very different to the second class train that we had taken before. There was no air-con on board, and alternatively, there was metal bars on the windows instead of glass and the doors of the carriages were left open whilst we were moving to create a ‘natural’ air-con. The seats were wooden benches which sat three people across from each other, so quite uncomfortable with not much room to move about. The journey was only 2 and a half hours, so it wasn’t too bad, and it was good to experience local transport. Annoyingly we didn’t get any photos of this train, so instead here’s one of a man with a very loaded bicycle, a pretty normal occurrence here!
When we arrived in Jaipur our hotel was really gorgeous and included an outdoor pool. This definitely made up for our cramped journey!
Jaipur is a walled city also known as the pink city. This is because all the buildings inside the wall and the wall itself, are all painted the same shade of pink; very photogenic! The streets of the city are all markets. The market is divided into sections, so all spices in one area, textiles in another, jewellery in another etc. Walking through the spice section our noses were burning with the smell of chilli’s and other spices. There were some gorgeous scarves and dresses in the textile section, but the constant badgering by the shopkeepers trying to sell you everything and anything was too much for us, so we made no purchases.
On our second day in Jaipur we visited the Amber fort. This fort took 25 years to build, spans 4 square kilometres and had five different kings reside. This was one of our highlights of the trip to date. It is one of the most beautiful places we have ever been- the instagram options are endless!
After this we went to the observatory- which houses the largest sun-dial in the world. These were made hundreds of years ago, the men who designed this must of been incredibly intelligent!!
For the rest of the evening we just relaxed by the pool, which was a welcomed break after the past 10 days of constantly moving around! Tomorrow we take another train to Agra, home of the Taj Mahal!
Róisín & Bernard
inside the wall and the wall themselves are all painted the same shade of pink. The streets of the city are all one giant market. The market is divided into sections, so all spices in one area, textiles in another, in another etc. Walking through the spice section our noses were burning with the smell of chilli’s and other spices.