Saturday, February 18, 2012

Asian Adventure: Day 34 Jaipur

Our long night on the train made for a slow start to the day. Not feeling up to anything too committing, we chose to wander the Old City for the afternoon.

City Walls
Pink City

Cookie Vendor

Jaipur is an exciting, vibrant city to explore - very much the typical Indian city I had envisioned when we were planning our trip. Not quite as huge and overwhelming as Delhi, the population is only 3 million people, Jaipur was by far my favourite stop in India.

The streets inside the Old City were filled with street vendors selling rice, spices, fabrics, bangles, vegetables... anything you could imagine. Every corner held some new treasure. We spent hours taking in the energy and colours. 

Chai walla

Bangle store
Dying fabric
Pappadum Vendor
City Palace
Hawa Mahal

Deciding to pass on touring the City Palace and Hawa Mahal, we opted to visit the Jantar Mantar complex. The Jantar Mantar is a collection of stone astronomical instruments built by Maharaja Jai Singh II in the 1720s. All of the monuments are used to measure time or calculate astrological positions using nothing more than shadows cast by the sun or line of sight from a measuring rod.

We stayed out on the streets well past sunset continuing to explore the alleyways and markets of the Old City. During our trek back to the hotel we stumbled upon the group of Lassi Walla's promoted in the guidebooks and figured it would make the perfect stop for dinner. We ordered ourselves a selection of curries and naan along with our two lassis that came served in traditional clay cups.

As we got to the bottom of our lassis we discovered the remnants of ice floating amongst the yogurt. Instantly my heart sank - we had been so diligent about treating our water and had survived 34 days without getting sick and now two days before we were to fly home we had inadvertently consumed ice! Dave pointed out that is was too late - if we were going to get sick, we were going to get sick - so we finished the rest of our lassis and headed back to the hotel for the night.

Dave enjoying his lassis

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