JAIPUR - FEBRUARY 2008
Jaipur, located at a distance of 260 kms from Delhi, is the capital city of the State of Rajasthan, India. At an altitude of 431m above sea level, it usually has three main seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. The winter months of November to February are the best time to visit!
"SHERATON - After a road trip in India, be it short or long (it always takes much more time than you could anticipate), you need a rest. In Jaipur, we stayed at the Sheraton, which, not being the Rajvilas Palace (fully booked, as usual...), is perfectly acceptable... And we were greeted with...
"FLOWERS - The strelitzia reginae (which are quite common in my birthplace - Madeira Island), also known as «Bird of Paradise»"
"MUSIC - well they weren’t Ravi Shankar, Niladri Kumar or Zakir Hussain, but anyhow... And..."
"POOL - Next morning the sun was shining, but the temperature was low. No diving!"
"ALBERT HALL - Constructed in 1876, Maharaja Ram Singh, who was then the king of Jaipur, wanted the building to be used as the town hall. However, his successor, Madho Singh, decided to convert the building to an art museum, currently the oldest in town"
"MUSEUM - I wonder how someone manages to get into without suffering the inclemency of pigeons' projectiles..."
"BADI CHAUPAR is probably the most crowded location in Jaipur and its shops are great tourist attractions"
"JOHRI BAZAR - It's said to be famous, crowded, and also a shopper's delight..."
"CEREALS - But you may find many other things to buy when you stroll around"
There was an alternative to lunch: a restaurant at a five star hotel or a typical restaurant downtown. The choice was obvious...