This weekend I am in Jaipur, Rajasthan! It's one of the bigger states in India just west from Delhi. It took about four and a half hours to get here but overall a much smoother trip than the one to Agra.
The town's all about tourism and especially shopping!! I only wish I had known that most shops are closed on Sundays. I didn't do any shopping on Saturday so Sunday was spent roaming around with a coworker from Delhi, his family, the guide, and our driver trying to find places that didn't want to rip us off completely. But not to worry, found plenty of stuff.
Besides the shopping Jaipur also has some great sightseeing. I'll go in a bit of backward order and start with things I saw today. First off was Amber Palace (pronounced Amir). It's a gorgeous palace sitting on top of a hill right outside of Jaipur in the town of Amer. And what better way to get to the top than on top of an elephant. It wasn't the most animal friendly way but I couldn't resist. I got asked by a coworker in a completely serious voice, "You never rode an elephant before??" He was shocked when I said "No, it's not a common thing in the US."
The walls of the fort are 16 kilometers long. It looks like the Great Wall of India. Pretty impressive!
I loved all the different windows. Such beautiful frames for the pictures.
Mirrors were used to reflect the lights of the oil lamps to light the palace.