Cacophony of sound, holy cows and sacred monkeys
We travelled to Jaipur along the motorways which vary from excellent quality to being thrown around like a rag doll. The motorways are crazy and noisy. The cacophony of car horns is constant, but surprisingly it sent Keith to sleep. Police stop traffic every so often to let public and bicycles cross the road. We went through a massive 36 lane toll booth that charges for access to the quality sections of road. All along the way, enterprising people have setup stalls selling everything from Chi Tea to giant pink teddy bears. Cows which are Holy in Hindi litter the streets sat in rubbish and lazying in the sun. Every so often the cows stop the traffic. We tried Chi Tea today and was sweet and yummy. Monkeys are also sacred in Hindi, so we stopped to feed a gang of monkeys playing along side the motorway [KB note: there were more than five present, so we refuse to use the correct collective noun]. A man had cleverly setup a Banana stall, right next to the monkeys. After a conversation in Hindi/English I had bought some Bananas and could feed the monkeys. They were friendly and didn't really snatch - I was well versed in monkey control from looking after Keith all this time.
Then we arrived in the Pink City, Jaipur its a beautiful colour, the roads are narrow and rammed full. We see a man riding a bicycle laydened with 20 large boxes. Everywhere you look there are stalls, selling brightly coloured saris and punjab dresses. We had lunch at Margharaha's restaurant, I really enjoyed this lunch of Tomato Jaipuri. Tomato's stuffed with cottage cheese in a spicy tomato sauce, yum.
We arrived at the Paradise Hotel, again on the outskirts of the city. This is not a boutique hotel like the Hotel Visaya, Delhi but it is clean, comfortable and has free wifi [KB Wifi is only in the lobby so all the tourists crowd round in the evening, blogging, tweeting or whatever social media the kids are using nowadays]
In the evening we visited Chandi Chowk Village, its made for tourists. Entrance fee gets you dancing, music and a Rahjastan Thali. Brought a punjab dress from a nice lady who wants her picture taken with the white engineer lady. Dress is bright orange and red with gold sequins. [KB we also had a head 'massage'. Well Stacey did, I had the crap beaten out of me, there's no way that was relaxing!]
Then we went and had food, we had to take our shoes off and sit on cushions on the floor. Low tables were in front of us with 5 bows and a plate. Then the feast began, oh its good and there is lots of it. Really enjoyed sweet coconut and pecan mash. Right home time, sightseeing around Jaipur tomorrow.