10D9N India Day 5 : Sunrise Jaipur, Trishaw, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Sundial, City Palace, Marble Birla Temple, Jodhpur Junction Train Station

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07.24 am – When we woke up to the rooftop restaurant for breakfast, it was soooOOooo cold! It’s less than 10°C but the wind made it feel cooler than it should have been!

In any case, we enjoyed the view of the sunrise over Jaipur city from Pearl Palace.

Had vegetable toasts and

tuna toasts for breakfast.

09.44 am – Saluting back to the bust of Buddha at the entrance.

Today, Vivian and I decided to take a trishaw towards town instead of the usual tuktuk.

As it was a Sunday morning, the traffic around town was pretty clear.

I wonder if the Lacoste apparels found in Jaipur are genuine.

Just had to take another shot of the beautiful Jaipur old city entrance.

Passing by a street vendor selling street snacks. We stuck to the golden rule of traveling in India which was to NEVER EAT ANYTHING FROM THE STREET NO MATTER HOW DELICIOUS OR TEMPTING and it paid off. Vivian and I did not once experience Delhi Belly during our entire 10 days in India.

The pink colored buildings of Jaipur.

10.21 am – As soon as I got off the trishaw, my camera’s battery went dead. And to top it off, I forgot to bring along the spare. SHIT! 🙁 So Vivian and I had no choice but to use our smartphone cameras to capture our day’s journey.

Hawa Mahal’s honeycomb facade facing the street.

At the entrance. We reused the composite ticket that we paid for during our trip to Amber Palace. I believe all tourists should get themselves a composite ticket as it makes more sense than paying individually for each site.

The hallways.

By one of the small windows called jharokhas, located behind the honeycomb facade of Hawa Mahal. The original intention was to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to observe strict “purdah” (the practice of concealing women from men).

The view of the open air first floor of Hawa Mahal.

A wall pavilion.

Wall motifs.

11.36 pm – Arrived at Jantar Mantar, a collection of architectural astronomical instruments built by Maharaja Jai Singh II between 1727 and 1734.

By a really huge meridian wall.

The really tall sundial tower.

The sides of the sundial.

Zodiac circles.

Us, by our zodiac signs.

A celestial object measurement tool.

A ring instrument.

12.32 pm – The palace complex of Jaipur.

Mubarak Mahal museum that hosts a variety of textiles such as the royal formal costumes, sanganeri block prints, embroidered shawls, Kashmiri pashminas, and silk saris.

Chariots.

Beautiful wall decorations.

Diwan-I-Khas, a marble floored chamber that served as a private audience hall of the Maharajas.

01.23 pm – Took to the streets of Jaipur to hunt for lunch and found ourselves entering Kailash’s vegetarian restaurant.

02.10 pm – About an hour later, we took the usual tuktuk to Jaipur’s central museum aka Albert Hall museum.

I kid you not but there were so many pigeons around that none of the pictures we took of the building’s front were pigeonless.

The noob ticket guy who just couldn’t keep his hands from shaking, resulting in a series of blur photos. 🙁

Eventually, we took the very informative audio tour as it helped explain many of the items on display.

Maharajahs by the wall.

Vivian being drawn to naked pictures.

Swords.

Guns.

The Egyptian pharaoh statue.

Stone carvings.

This is random but the pink colored tourist guidebook from Pearl Palace hotel was really useful. It had the all rates of all sorts of trips by auto rickshaws/tuktuk around town.

04.47 pm – Visited the Birla/Lakshmi Narayan/Marble temple.

Donated some money and got myself some sweets.

05.16 pm – Hopped on a tuktuk again for some last minute shopping at Bapu Bazaar.

The face of a shopaholic.

Hard at work.

Exploring every single shop in the area.

08.20 pm – Got the key to a cheaper room. We decided to get one temporarily as it beats waiting by the train station until 2.30am in the morning.

Room 205.

Clean and comfy.

Headed to the rooftop again for dinner.

She had tomato soup and fried noodles.

So did I.

Obtained naturally curled hair by letting it dry itself out.

01.31 am – Checked out of Pearl Palace Hotel.

Paid only 1300rs for 2 nights which was actually equivalent to less than US$30! So cheap! Such a high value for money hotel! Highly recommended!

01.47 am – Arrived at Jaipur Junction train station.

Took us some time but we eventually found our coach.

Found ourselves on the passenger list stuck outside the coach.

Prepared the bed for my last overnight Indian train experience. I kinda miss it actually. 🙁

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