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Jaipur: Jan. 26

Location: Jaipur, India


From a staging base near Maota Lake, we rode an elephant into the entrance courtyard of the fort through the Lion Gate. Amber Fort, really both a palace and a fort, was begun in 1592.

The Hawa Mahal - A part of the city palace built in 1799 so that the women of the royal household would be able to look out on the activities of the markets and to watch processions. Hidden behind honeycombed stone windows, their honour was protected.

The palace king had his wives live in a series of apartments that went along four walls of an inner courtyard. There are hallways that connect the apartments which are all identical, for the "queens" to use. From the courtyard, each apartment had a private set of stairs which were only used by the king when he visited his "queen for the night". The idea was to keep jealousy to a minimum between the queens.

Maureen looks out onto the Aravali Hills from one of the palace balconies. The palace is 11 kilometres north of Jaipur beside the older city of Amber.

The Singh Pol, or Lion Gate rises higher than the wall and towers that both support the walls and served a defensive role for the palace.

A cobra peeks out of a basket as the snake charmer plays a wooden flute. This is a scene that one would expect to see more of in India. However, over the month we spent there, this was the only time we saw this.

Near Central Park, a regulation-sized golf course was being used but wasn't too busy. It was a typical Indian scene where men play while women worked. Most of the groundskeepers we saw were women.

On our way back from Amber Fort we passed this milk market run by a Muslim group. A number of Muslin women were in the group wearying their burkhas, black dresses with face coverings.

At the edge of Central Park, a pair of owls appeared to be sleeping in the late afternoon sunshine.

Near the golf course was a polo field. We were able to watch a game that was to decide the Simur Cup championships. The team in while beat the team in red.

Men carrying lanterns which would be used later in the evening as part of a wedding procession. These lanterns would be carried on their heads leading the groom who would be riding a horse to the wedding.

Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi Shankar, was practising with other musicians in preparation for an evening concert in the park. Like her father before her, this was a blending of eastern and western music.



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The Hawa Mahal - A part of the city palace built in 1799 so that the women of the royal household would be able to look out on the activities of the markets and to watch processions. Hidden behind honeycombed stone windows, their honour was protected.

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From a staging base near Maota Lake, we rode an elephant into the entrance courtyard of the fort through the Lion Gate. Amber Fort, really both a palace and a fort, was begun in 1592.

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Maureen looks out onto the Aravali Hills from one of the palace balconies. The palace is 11 kilometres north of Jaipur beside the older city of Amber.

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The palace king had his wives live in a series of apartments that went along four walls of an inner courtyard. There are hallways that connect the apartments which are all identical, for the "queens" to use. From the courtyard, each apartment had a private set of stairs which were only used by the king when he visited his "queen for the night". The idea was to keep jealousy to a minimum between the queens.

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A cobra peeks out of a basket as the snake charmer plays a wooden flute. This is a scene that one would expect to see more of in India. However, over the month we spent there, this was the only time we saw this.

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The Singh Pol, or Lion Gate rises higher than the wall and towers that both support the walls and served a defensive role for the palace.

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On our way back from Amber Fort we passed this milk market run by a Muslim group. A number of Muslin women were in the group wearying their burkhas, black dresses with face coverings.

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Near Central Park, a regulation-sized golf course was being used but wasn't too busy. It was a typical Indian scene where men play while women worked. Most of the groundskeepers we saw were women.

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Near the golf course was a polo field. We were able to watch a game that was to decide the Simur Cup championships. The team in while beat the team in red.

Close Window

At the edge of Central Park, a pair of owls appeared to be sleeping in the late afternoon sunshine.

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Anoushka Shankar, the daughter of Ravi Shankar, was practising with other musicians in preparation for an evening concert in the park. Like her father before her, this was a blending of eastern and western music.

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Men carrying lanterns which would be used later in the evening as part of a wedding procession. These lanterns would be carried on their heads leading the groom who would be riding a horse to the wedding.