Jaipur - the Pink City

Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
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Trip End Apr 05, 2009


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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

EN:
In Jaipur we stayed quite close to the centre, but not in a very touristic area. When we were approaching the hotel and observing the surroundings, we started to expect the worst, but we were pleasantly surprised to find out that our hotel was in an old and very traditional Indian building, not very luxurious, but quite ok. The whole city centre including our street is one big market which is particularly busy in the afternoon and evening. The traffic here is the usual Indian mess, but enriched by camels and elephants.

The next day we set off to see the sites, starting at the Amber Fort, just a few kilometers outside of town. The fort is quite impressive and the only disappointment was that we could not take the elephant ride up the hill as the road was too slippery after the rain. On the way back we stopped at the Jal Mahal, the water palace, which sits seemingly afloat in the middle of the lake... nice! We still had time to visit the Cenotaphs at Gaitor, and a couple of silk and jewelery factories before the heavy rain started and spoiled our plans for the day. It doesn't rain much in Rajastan, but when it does, it's for real. Within half an hour the whole city was flooded and our driver struggled to take us back to the hotel with water coming in the car through the doors. At least the kids seemed to enjoy the floods since there were loads of them playing in the rain and all the garbage floating around. After the rain stopped and the water level lowered, we still went to visit the city palace, which was a bit of a disappointment, and the market.

The next day we still managed to visit the Jantar Mantar (an old astronomical observatory) before we left for Pushkar.

A couple of interesting notes: Since it's the low season, we keep meeting the same tourists, sometimes after hundreds of kilometers. Also we have been the only guests in many of the hotels we stayed at. :-)

PT:
Em Jaipur ficamos muito perto do centro, mas numa area nao muito turistica. Quando vimos a area comecamos a desconfiar da qualidade do hotel, mas afinal de contas o hotel era razoavel e ficava num antigo edificio tipico da zona, e bastante picturesco. Todo o centro da cidade, incluindo a nossa rua, e um mercado colossal que e bastante movimentado, sobretudo ao final da tarde.

No dia seguinte fomos visitar os sitios de maior interesse, comecando pelo Forte de Amber, apenas a alguns Km da cidade. O forte e bastante impressionante, a unica desilusao foi nao podermos fazer a subida ate ao forte de elefante pois a o piso estava molhado eescorregadio. De regresso a cidade passamos no Jal Mahal, um palacio que parece flutuar no meio de um lago... um sitio espectacular! Ainda tivemos tempo de visitar Gaitor, e umas fabricas artesanais de seda e joalheria, antes de comecar a chover torrencialmente estragando os nossos planos para o resto do dia. No Rajastao nao chove muito, as quando chove e a serio! Em meia hora a cidade estava completamente inundada. O nosso condutor la nos conseguiu levar ate ao hotel com a agua a entra para o carro pela parte e baixo das portas. Pelo menos os putos parece que gostaram da chuva, pois havia montes deles nas ruas a brincar na agua. Depois de parar de chover, e o nivel da agua baixar, ainda fomos visitar o palacio da cidade, que decepcionou um bocado, e o mercado.

No dia seguinte ainda tivemos tempo de ir visitar o Jantar Mantar (um antigo observatorio astronomico), antes de arrancarmos para Pushkar.

Um par de apontamentos interessantes: Como e a epoca baixa, volta e meia estamos a encontrar os mesmos turistas, por vezes depois de centenas de quilometros... e tambem somos os unicos hospedes na maioria dos hoteis em que temos ficado. :-)

CZ:
Nas hotel v Jaipuru byl hned v centru, ale stranou od nejvice turistickych ulic. Kdyz jsme se k nemu blizili, tak nas jimala hruza, ze uz zase budeme spat v nejake spinave dire, ale nastesti to tak vypadalo jenom zvenku, samotny hotel byl ve starobylem indickem stylu a celkove docela usel, zadny luxus, ale na dve noci to stacilo (zachod a umyvadlo jsme si umyli :-)). Centrum mesta je jedno velke trziste, nejvice rusno je tu odpoledne a vecer. Doprava je - jak je v Indii obvykle - jeden velky chaos, tady obohaceny jeste o par velbloudich potahu a slonu.

Druhy den jsme vyrazili po pamatkach. Na uvod jsme vyjeli trochu za mesto, abysme navstivili pevnost Amber Fort, ktera je velice impozantni a zaroven krasna uvnitr. Akorat nas mrzelo, ze po desti byla vlhka silnice, a tak jsme nemohli nahoru na pevnost jet na slonech, protoze jim to klouzalo, museli jsme po svych, coz v tom vedru a vlhku bylo fakt neco. Cestou zpatky do mesta jsme si jeste prohledli vodni palac Jal Mahal, je postaven uprostred jezera a obklopen nekolika ostruvky. Potom jsme se jeste zastavili v nekolika vyrobnach sperku a hedvabi, no a pak zacalo silene prset (slusne receno) a nase plany sly k sipku. Behem pul hodiny bylo v ulici 40 cisel vody a chudak nas ridic se nas vsechny snazil dopravit do hotelu a behem toho nam do auta dverma zacalo docela slusne zatekat. Ze zaplav mely radost akorat deti, v Rajastanu moc casto neprsi. Cachtali se v te spinave vode smichane s odpadky a kravskymi lejny, radost pohledet. Asi po 2 hodinach se trochu vycasilo a voda opadla, a tak jsme jeste vyrazili do palace City Palace, ktery docela usel, ale za to vstupne jsme ocekavali asi vic. Dalsi den jsme jeste stilhi Jantar Mantar (starobyla hvezdarna), ktera je podobna tem v Delhi a ve Varanasi, ale je mnohem vetsi a zachovalejsi. No a pak jsme vyrazili smer Pushkar.

Za celou dobu nasi cesty jsme zatim moc zapadnich turistu nepotkali a ty, ktere jsme potkali, vidame porad dokolecka, asi jedou podobnou trasu. Take hotely, kde prespavame, jsou v podstate prazdne, v mnoha jsme byli jedinymi hosty. Holt neni sezona. :-)
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