Day 11 - Friday, 15 February 2013 - Ranthambhore National Park / Jaipur
15.02.2013 - 15.02.2013
Huge thunderstorm last night - the loudest thunder I have ever heard and driving rain. Maybe it was so noisy because we are in a tent and there is not much insulation in the roof. On the bus for the trip to Jaipur. As we left the hotel, all the staff lined up along the drive to say goodbye - plus the elephants. How special was that. I have never experienced such attentive staff - ANYWHERE! They even brought my washing in off the makeshift clothesline I had constructed on the back deck of our tent.
We arrived at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur at 12 noon and were greeted with leis and the paint on the forehead thing. The palace is magnificent. This is where Gayatri Devi was the third wife of the Maharaja of Jaipur. We had a quick sandwich lunch on the verandah outside the restaurant and then went to our room.
It is fabulous - huge and sumptiously decorated, with a large dressing room and bathroom.
Then we went in the bus to the Old City where all the buildings are pink and visited the magnificent World Heritage Jantar Mantar observatory with its massive sun dials and other astronomical devices. We also visited the City Palace museum where they have the clothes displayed of the king who was 275kg. They were huge!
The things you see on the street!
Another rickshaw ride through the old town bazaar and called into a gem shop. Very nice jewellery but we didn't buy anything. Another couple bought a lovely necklace of semi precious stones- rubies, emeralds, sapphires and yellow sapphires. It was gorgeous.
Back to the hotel and dressed for dinner at a palace with a Royal Family. Had a guided tour of the small palace (now a hotel) and then had dinner under a roof outside, in near darkness. Very difficult to see what you were eating and it was all a bit too spicey for me!
A few people are not too well in the tummy region. So far, we are fine - fingers crossed!