Day 12 - Saturday, 16 February 2013 - Jaipur
Up early again (that's all I seem to say!) And left the hotel by 7.30 am so that the queue for the elephant ride to the top of Amber Fort Palace wouldn't be too long. It had rained all night but stopped while we were driving to the fort. Stopped in the old city to take a photo of the beautiful Palace of the Winds and was immediately bombarded by hawkers and ended up buying a couple of pashminas.
Was bombarded again by hawkers while waiting in the queue for the elephant ride and bought some mirrors and bangles. Boarded the elephant and half way to the top it started to rain and we got soaked. It is not supposed to rain in Jaipur at this time of the year.
The fort was really nice but it was pouring rain and the marble floors were very slippery and everyone was wet and cold so we cut our visit short and went to the textile Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing, looked at lovely fabric and watched them hand printing. JIll had a go and they gave her the stuff she had hand printed.
Instead of having our picnic lunch along the way, we came back to the hotel to dry off, warm up and ate our lunch in our room. Then seven of us went back up to Mahargath Fort and walked around the area and took lots of photos of Jaipur. The sun came out for a while and we were glad we decided to do the walk. So many pulled out.
(One moment of feeling nervous - when Phil, Yogi, David, Jane and Jack walked down to the other part of the fort, Judy, Ash and I were immediately surrounded by youths. IF they had turned nasty, we wouldn't have had a chance, but they just wanted to talk about cricket and Australia and have their photos taken with us. We were in a very remote area but it was all good.)
Back to the hotel to dress for our lovely dinner in the Palace Dining Room. We thought we were going to watch a sari and turban tying demonstration - turns out WE were wearing the saris and turbans to dinner and people were coming to dress us!!! What a thrill. All the girls came into our room and Phil went next door to Graeme and Judy's room where the men had their turbans tied. It was like a sleep over - everyone giggling and trying on clothes. It was so much fun and we all looked so nice. My sari was deep purple, lined with a gold border and the best thing of all - WE GET TO KEEP THEM!
Of course it didn't take as long for the guys to have their turbans tied, so they got stuck into the G and T's while they were waiting for us, so consequently they were all half blotto by the time we had our group photo taken!
Dinner in the palace dining room was lovely. We ate Indian food, not too hot, off gold plates, with gold cutlery and gold goblets. We had a bottle of Indian wine $60 and it was a very special evening. Everyone looked great.