Jaipur and Surrounds

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Amber fort (elephant)- very big, intricate works around, no souvenir guidebook. Annoying photography peddler only tried to sell us the initial photos, was looking forward to the ones with the background in them. Not to matter.

Tiger (nahargh) fort - not much there, good view of city
Water palace - smelly, child beggars, quite nice palace and looks well maintained
Hawa mahal / tripolia bazaar- went across the road. Guide didn't want to go up, probably didn't miss out in too much. Surprised how close it was to the other side of the street.
Jantar mantar observatory - pretty clever. Very hot.mall did the same thing
City palace - money making activity, eg 5m rs to rent for wedding. Wedding set up in progress, very fancy.
Monkey temple - bit grotty, water disgusting, but Leslie enjoyed immensely, was quite fun once dealt with fear factor.

Leslie bought earrings and scarves. Price seemed reasonable by australian standard but probably too much for India. All look verynice.

Both driver and guide seemed disappointed by 200 rs tip each. Already paid a pretty penny so little strange.

Jaipur Tuesday 22/4 (day 5)

Yummy chicken wrap for lunch, lamb kebabs not so much
Upset stomach - like electrodes on
Leslie spa

Jaipur/ Agra Wednesday 23/4 (day 6)

Early start - hotel bill got expensive quickly, enjoyable but not as good as oberoi mumbai which was similar prices Resort probably 3 1/2-4 star. Lots of detail missing, eg cheap toilet paper, not replenishing soap, maintenance of property not brilliant

Jaipur railway station- quite small, dirty, some baggage handlers but not aggressive at all. Empty train cabin so far, however only other people are seated directly opposite us in the middle of the cabin.

Upgrade to balcony room
Nice welcome drink- lime and grenadine?
Lunch in hotel- Leslie western food but not great
Walk around taj to river
Boat trip- spectacular
West gate and walking not so nice
South gate not very nice either but chips!
Beer on balcony for sunset, kites flying, evening prayer
Room service dinner very good- murgh chicken tikka, club sandwich- chips very good!

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