Day Four – Jaipur, The Red Fort and the Observatory

Early start, cold morning. Off to the Amber Fort near The Pink City, Jaipur.

Jaipur is the usual traffic mayhem and rundown buildings but in the Old City the Maharaja declared that the whole city should be Ochre and there are some spectacular buildings.

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I knew the Maharajas were rich but my goodness the Amber Fort is big. It’s vast with a satellite fort high on the mountain to protect it and 8 km of an outside wall like the Great Wall of China.
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Let’s pass over the inevitable visit to the hard sell at the carpet workshop visit.  For me, they were the worst part of the holiday but I know others enjoyed them and indeed did buy the carpets.

Off to lunch at a very fine hotel. By chance, there was a wonderfully colourful wedding party in full swing.

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We the visited the Observatory, another UNESCO site full of huge outdoor astronomical equipment used by Hindu astrologers for such thins as arranging marriages. It has the world’s largest sundial, accurate to 2 seconds!

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Off to the Gala Dinner tonight

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By Dominic

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