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Day Nine

Elephants and Snakes

sunny 18 °C

Day 2 in Jaipur.

The day started with a cooking lesion on how to make Aloo Paratha. It's so simple. chapati dough rolled into a flat - Then add the Aloo mix (potatoes and secret recipe - cant tell you that as it wont be a secret any more). Fold in the edges and then role out gently. Then pop on the pan.
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There is a lot to see in Jaipur so I booked a guide for the day at 1000 rupees.
First stop the palace of - Um cant remember. Looked stunning:
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As much as I love the beauty of buildings I was distracted by the snake charmers. First ones I had seen the whole trip:
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The Amer Palace was next stop - This is one of the places I have been recommended to see.
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Two ways up the hill. Walk or Elephant! 900 rupees for the ride to the top.
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It's a long way up that hill
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The driver (if that's the right name for him) was very informative we have a good chat on the way up:
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He took my pic - Lake a Maharajah:
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The paparazzi were there taking pictures - Fame at last.
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At the top he needed 100 rupees for the elephant and 100 rupees for him. 100 rupees for the picture that the paparazzi took. I would not normally pay for pictures but these were very good.

Not just another palace - This was just as awe-inspiring as the others I have seen:
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Well worth the 400 rupees entry fee.
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My guide gave me a full tour with all the history. The history of the palaces is quite similar to the others I have seen. However, each one is as stunning as the other.
A few monkey at the top of the hill:
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Next stop the water palace:
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Jaipur is renowned for astrology: King someone in seventeen hundred and something (I should have been taking notes from my guide) built a large out side collection of architectural astronomical instruments.
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Agh I remember King Sawai Jai Singh between 1727 and 1734
It is quite incredible how accurate they were 100's of years ago.

Next stop was the City Palace. Worth the 400 rupees entry fee:
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Again more fantastic architecture and design.
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Then I was taken to an astronomer to read my future. Which is a very big thing in India. He told me about my 3 children and lots of other information. My destiny will be seen in 2 or 3 months. Then told me that i needed yellow amber stone to help me, which he would give me a good price!!
But he did tell me that it will all be OK just don't give up.

Long day - Back to my Indian family for Tea. They are so hospital. We sat and chatted about my day, my children. I then showed them lost of pics of Emily & Chloe, Scobby dog etc.

Last cooking lesson, veg curry, pakoras, rice and chapatis.
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The food was fantastic - I did not do too much.

Day 2 of no beer / alcohol. I can assure you Absinthe does make the heart grow fonder.

Posted by woody1 04:41 Archived in India

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