|Delux Volvo bus to the rescue!!!|
Our hotel was beautiful. It is an old maharaj palace and reminded us of the film 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' with it's ornate design and quirky furniture and trinkets, even down to the charming young men managing the place. It has a fantastic rooftop terrace with incredible panoramic views of Jaipur with the surrounding hills and in front of us the dominating Tiger Fort nested on top.
|Entrance to our hotel|
|Lower roof terrace|
Unfortunately Sonja awoke to our first experience of "Delhi belly" so therefore spent much of the first day relaxing on the roof terrace, reading, watching life continue beneath us and enjoying the views. Unadulterated, raw Indian life was going on in front of us and it was fascinating. So many things to describe....a hundred or so kites soared in the skies preparing for the kite festival in two days time (reminding us of the book, The Kite Runner), sounds of children laughing, car horns hooting, Indian music playing, the "call to prayer" echoing and Sonja's tummy growling!! Beneath us, a woman doing her laundry in the street, men shaving on roof tops, children being washed and dressed by their mothers whilst smiling and waving at us, even people going to the toilet. Not sightseeing as such, more "Indian life-seeing".
pathetic attempt as none got off the ground, which the local kids found rather amusing. Our kite careers started and ended there!