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The Pink City of Jaipur starring the Amber Fort

Our tour group at Ganesh Pol in the Amber Fort; it was a very interesting mix of people, each with unique experiences to share

Our tour group at Ganesh Pol in the Amber Fort; it was a very interesting mix of people, each with unique experiences to share

You have to be crazy to drive here with the different modes of transport and cows, goats, dogs, pigs, monkeys and camels in the road;

You have to be crazy to drive here with the different modes of transport and cows, goats, dogs, pigs, monkeys and camels in the road;

Jaigarh Fort, located on the hill above the Amber Fort,is connected to the palace by a tunnel; constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard

Jaigarh Fort, located on the hill above the Amber Fort,is connected to the palace by a tunnel; constructed of red sandstone and marble, the attractive, opulent palace is laid out on four levels, each with a courtyard

Wind Palace was built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey the strict rules of purdah, which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings

Wind Palace was built in 1799 to allow royal ladies to observe everyday life in the street below without being seen, since they had to obey the strict rules of purdah, which forbade them from appearing in public without face coverings

The Mirror Palace is the most beautiful part of the Amber Fort; our tour group has a young couple from Britain, girl from Germany, woman from Canada, girl from Australia, girl from N. Ireland and woman from Sarajevo now in Denmark

The Mirror Palace is the most beautiful part of the Amber Fort; our tour group has a young couple from Britain, girl from Germany, woman from Canada, girl from Australia, girl from N. Ireland and woman from Sarajevo now in Denmark

The Chandpole Gate is one of several leading into the Pink City; the gate is used by all as you can see by the tuk-tuk, bicycle powered wagon and even the goats

The Chandpole Gate is one of several leading into the Pink City; the gate is used by all as you can see by the tuk-tuk, bicycle powered wagon and even the goats

The Amber Fort is laid out on 4 levels, each with a courtyard; this sunken garden is in the third courtyard where it is surrounded by the maharajas apartments

The Amber Fort is laid out on 4 levels, each with a courtyard; this sunken garden is in the third courtyard where it is surrounded by the maharajas apartments

The elephant path up to the Amber Fort resembled the Katy Freeway at rush hour; our local guides consistently give us an incredible amount of Hindu information that is too much to absorb (assuming you can even understand him)

The elephant path up to the Amber Fort resembled the Katy Freeway at rush hour; our local guides consistently give us an incredible amount of Hindu information that is too much to absorb (assuming you can even understand him)

Sheesh Mahal at the Amber Fort where the mirror mosaics and colored glasses were called a glittering jewel box in flickering candlelight when it was built in 1727; I loved the detail and workmanship

Sheesh Mahal at the Amber Fort where the mirror mosaics and colored glasses were called a glittering jewel box in flickering candlelight when it was built in 1727; I loved the detail and workmanship

The Amber Fort, built in 1604i, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist attraction here; Jaipur is brutally hot with a record high of 119 degrees

The Amber Fort, built in 1604i, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist attraction here; Jaipur is brutally hot with a record high of 119 degrees

We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!; Jaipur is a relatively new city, founded in 1727, and was divided into nine blocks, two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public

We're definitely not in Kansas anymore!; Jaipur is a relatively new city, founded in 1727, and was divided into nine blocks, two of which contained the state buildings and palaces, with the remaining seven allotted to the public

The Public Audience Hall at the Amber Fort is a raised platform with 27 colonnades, each of which is mounted with an elephant-shaped capital, with galleries above it;; unlike the rest of Jaipur, the fort was clean

The Public Audience Hall at the Amber Fort is a raised platform with 27 colonnades, each of which is mounted with an elephant-shaped capital, with galleries above it;; unlike the rest of Jaipur, the fort was clean

Jaipur is a center of gem cutting and jewelry manufacturing so we visited to see how pieces were made; I bought this necklace (rubies, emeralds, yellow and blue sapphires) for my mom

Jaipur is a center of gem cutting and jewelry manufacturing so we visited to see how pieces were made; I bought this necklace (rubies, emeralds, yellow and blue sapphires) for my mom

One of a pair of silver urns that are the largest silver objects in the world; they were made from 14000 silver coins in 1896 and each weighs 761 lbs

One of a pair of silver urns that are the largest silver objects in the world; they were made from 14000 silver coins in 1896 and each weighs 761 lbs

The Amber Fort fourth courtyard is where royal family women, including concubines or mistresses, lived; the queens were visited by the king at his choice without being found out as to which queen he was visiting

The Amber Fort fourth courtyard is where royal family women, including concubines or mistresses, lived; the queens were visited by the king at his choice without being found out as to which queen he was visiting

Jal Mahal is a five storied palace, of which four floors remain underwater when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed; millions of dollars have been spent to clean up the lake hoping to convert the palace to a hotel

Jal Mahal is a five storied palace, of which four floors remain underwater when the lake is full and the top floor is exposed; millions of dollars have been spent to clean up the lake hoping to convert the palace to a hotel

It was an easy walk from the entrance but many tourists take elephants; a PETA team found elephants chained with spikes, blind, sick and injured elephants forced to work, and elephants with mutilated tusks and ears

It was an easy walk from the entrance but many tourists take elephants; a PETA team found elephants chained with spikes, blind, sick and injured elephants forced to work, and elephants with mutilated tusks and ears

The Amber Palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families; the current Amber Palace, was created in the late 16th century

The Amber Palace was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families; the current Amber Palace, was created in the late 16th century

Jaipur is a textile center and we saw men block printing at this facility; the clothes were affordable and looked very comfortable so our group made many purchases

Jaipur is a textile center and we saw men block printing at this facility; the clothes were affordable and looked very comfortable so our group made many purchases

This building houses the royal apartments of the city palace; the rooms are astonishing, but at a cost of $50  we decided they weren't worth seeing

This building houses the royal apartments of the city palace; the rooms are astonishing, but at a cost of $50+ we decided they weren't worth seeing

The palace of Man Singh I is the oldest part of the Amber Fort; Amber takes its name from Amba Mata, the Hindu goddess of earth and fertility for Meenas

The palace of Man Singh I is the oldest part of the Amber Fort; Amber takes its name from Amba Mata, the Hindu goddess of earth and fertility for Meenas

The Saffron Garden in Maota Lake whose plants are said to have been planted by a maharaja in the 15th century; there were pigs along the shores with the lake level low due to dry season

The Saffron Garden in Maota Lake whose plants are said to have been planted by a maharaja in the 15th century; there were pigs along the shores with the lake level low due to dry season

A metro system is being built but in the meantime the traffic is loud and chaotic; the streets are in terrible condition with lots of dirt roads and the ensuing dust

A metro system is being built but in the meantime the traffic is loud and chaotic; the streets are in terrible condition with lots of dirt roads and the ensuing dust

This victory monument, from 1749, is right in the center of this city of 4 million people; Jaipur is a popular tourist destination  and forms a part of the west Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Agra

This victory monument, from 1749, is right in the center of this city of 4 million people; Jaipur is a popular tourist destination and forms a part of the west Golden Triangle tourist circuit along with Delhi and Agra

This is the world's largest sundial which measures time in intervals of 2 seconds using shadow; the collection of astronomical devices was really amazing, especially considering how old they are

This is the world's largest sundial which measures time in intervals of 2 seconds using shadow; the collection of astronomical devices was really amazing, especially considering how old they are

The Lion Gate at the Amber Fort, aka Amer Fort, was one of the few places we have seen foreign tourists; our local guide explained the history of the fort but it was too much information

The Lion Gate at the Amber Fort, aka Amer Fort, was one of the few places we have seen foreign tourists; our local guide explained the history of the fort but it was too much information

Public restrooms in India are never as clean as this one from the Amber Fort; in the old days. trips to the loo used to be a community affair (this room didn't even have any ventilation!)

Public restrooms in India are never as clean as this one from the Amber Fort; in the old days. trips to the loo used to be a community affair (this room didn't even have any ventilation!)

The Mubarak Mahal at the City Palace was built for receiving foreign guests; you won't find anything resembling a supermarket or big box retailers in Jaipur, just mom and pop operations

The Mubarak Mahal at the City Palace was built for receiving foreign guests; you won't find anything resembling a supermarket or big box retailers in Jaipur, just mom and pop operations

Jantar Mahar is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jantar Mahar is a collection of 19 architectural astronomical instruments built by the Rajput king Sawai Jai Singh II, and completed in 1734; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Amber Fort Ganesh Gate, named after the Hindu god, is the entry into the private palaces of maharajas; above it is where ladies of the royal family used to watch functions held in the Diwan-i-Aam through latticed marble windows called jâlîs

Amber Fort Ganesh Gate, named after the Hindu god, is the entry into the private palaces of maharajas; above it is where ladies of the royal family used to watch functions held in the Diwan-i-Aam through latticed marble windows called jâlîs

Jaipur is known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings; these days the color is a little darker but all of the buildings in the heart of the city are painted identically

Jaipur is known as the Pink City, due to the dominant color scheme of its buildings; these days the color is a little darker but all of the buildings in the heart of the city are painted identically

Our tour guide took us on a walking tour through part of the city; he's a native and seems unfazed by the trash, sewage, poverty and continued use of the caste system

Our tour guide took us on a walking tour through part of the city; he's a native and seems unfazed by the trash, sewage, poverty and continued use of the caste system

We stayed in the former Bissau Palace which still belongs to the royal family that originally had it built; the royal families lost their power but retained their property when India gained independence

We stayed in the former Bissau Palace which still belongs to the royal family that originally had it built; the royal families lost their power but retained their property when India gained independence

This theater in Jaipur is famous for showing the latest Bollywood movies; there are few tourists so locals would stare at us (some may have never seen white people before)

This theater in Jaipur is famous for showing the latest Bollywood movies; there are few tourists so locals would stare at us (some may have never seen white people before)

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