Sorry I have so much to say. Huge shout out to the people who actually read these, you’re great! Since this is Part 2 about Jaipur, I’ll keep it short and sweet. If you missed it, you can check out Part 1 here.
The view from this fort is breathtaking. We went just as it opened in the morning, so we were some of the first people there and it was the first time I had experienced quiet since arriving in India. It was built mainly in 1734 and was expanded in 1868. The most impressive area to me was the building built for the nine wives of the King. I can’t imagine sharing one palace with 9 queens, but at least they each had their own apartment area. It was a lovely place to spent the morning.
This area is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments. I’m not going to call it boring…I’ll just say it was not my particular cup of tea. The structures were quite cool, but as someone who doesn’t really know much about astronomy, this was a bit dull. Our whole group had that feeling, so we moved on from here quickly, but it was a neat place to walk through and if you get the composite ticket in Jaipur, I’d say it is worth stopping in just to check out the architecture of some of the structures.
This was the last stop on our tour and we debated whether or not to pay the extra money to drop it. I am so glad that we did. It was gorgeous. Of course, there are only so many old buildings and beautiful archways you can see before you feel you’ve seen them all, but the City Palace would definitely make my “must-see” list for Jaipur. Worth it for sure!
On Sunday we decided to take it easy and get some rest since we have a crazy week coming up with placements. We checked out of the hotel, spent some time by their pool, and then went to a spa nearby before heading to the airport. Two of my friends got massages and two of us just did mani-pedi’s. It wasn’t amazing, but it was cheap, so I won’t complain!
All in all, Jaipur is full of rich history and incredible architecture. It was really nice to get away from Delhi for a bit to see a bit of Rajasthan, but I have to admit that I was really excited to get back to Delhi by the end of our weekend away. Somehow, it has grown on me. A week ago I never would have thought I would feel that way. Funny how that works. Back to focusing on schoolwork and getting back into the groove of placements and research gathering!