Delhi Belly in the Pink City

Trip Start Jan 28, 2007
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Trip End Mar 31, 2007


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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Rob and I fell asleep quickly only for me to wake at about 1am with the most dreadful stomach ache - yeap - Delhi Belly score Rob zero Gayle one - big time both diarrhea and vomiting for the rest of the night. Not good and those stomach aches reminded me of child birth hahaha.

We had an 8.30am departure time heading for Jaipur, (4 hours away)- so at 7.30am in desperation I took a couple of gastro stop - bad move - started the vomiting off again Rob said we should stay an extra day and catch up with the group later but I wasn't keen. Luckily we had late model 4 wheel drives taking us to "The Pink City - Jaipur". 6 of us to a car and thankfully they gave me the front seat and with my security towel and trusty travel pillow I dozed for the few hours it took us to reach the Amber Palace in Jaipur.

I stayed in the car (and once alone reclined the front seat down to a bed, heaven!) and dozed for a couple of hours while rob and the others jumped (actually used a platform) to climb onto elephants to ride up the steep hill into the Palace. Rob said the guide was once again good and he enjoyed the history of the palace. We headed towards our hotel. This city is crazy. The traffic more chaotic than Delhi if that's possible and the amount and variety of wandering livestock in the middle of the traffic jammed roads is amazing.

The city must have been pretty impressive in it's day as it was once enclosed by fortified 20ft high walls with 7 gates. Some of these gates are still standing and they cause havoc as the teeming traffic suddenly bottlenecks and the chicken game begins on who squeezes thru first. (In your imagination add a 100+ honking horns to the picture hee hee).
Jaipur is named the Pink City as it is the traditional colour of welcome and was used in 1853 by a Maharaja to honor the visit of Prince Albert, Prince of Wales to the capital of Rajastan.

I crashed at our hotel and Rob went out for a walk around the town with the group. They came across a big wedding procession in the street. We've seen quite a few in the towns and villages as it is wedding season in India and all are accompanied by a street parade of bands, speakers and dozens of women in beautiful saris following the groom on a decorated horse. (these just mingle with the rest of the thousands of cars on the rode....) The group then went to an Italian restaurant for tea to have a break from the curry dhal etc.

Next day - I slept ok but still have stomach aches and not better yet so Rob went out to visit a children's centre set up by and Indian couple for destitute kids. They also have a bus library and a shower bus so that they can get out to the streets to shower the kids. I sat in the lovely garden of the hotel to catch up on this travel diary - determined though to hit the shops this arvo as Jaipur is supposedly the best place in India to shop - and Im out of action!!!!. As I haven't eaten for 2 days I'm pretty safe to move around and so soon we hit the bazaars!

I brought a beautiful velour bedspread for the spare room for $21 - we love it - chocolate brown so don't have to change the curtains! ha ha. Sorry Lia, I told you about the 3 lovely cushion covers I brought you but when bargaining in 10 different quilt shops for my bedspread, the scenario is "come in come in (to my shop) "please sit, please sit" and the 3 men proceed to run around the shop pulling every conceivable quilt from their shelves. Despite the fact that on agreeing to "come sit on their floor" we have clearly stated that we want a "double, family (name for king size), brown quilt" they, on finding they dont have one to fit the criteria keep destroying all the beautifully folded merchandise on their shelves until we make a retreat to the street to try again further. On one of these occasions (and don't know which shop) we made a run for it and left your cushion covers on "our seat".- sorry Lia! - I still cant eat but not hungry so no problem - weight loss I hope!! hahaha.

Rob and the group had tea (I watched hee hee) and we all piled into auto rickshaws to go see a Bollywood movie. It was a classic, hilarious - didn't have english subtitles and we still loved it. We'll have to hire it when we get home so we can get all the jokes cos it looked so good. Ryan - the movie was called Slaam-E-Isheq and was 6 stories all going at once about different romances with the compulsory dancing thrown in of course. It only went 3 hours which was lucky for us with no subtitles.

Tomorrow 4 hours by Landrover to Ranthambhore National Park to go on a tiger Safari!
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