The next day dawned bright and sunny but we woke up late. Maybe it was the excitement of yesterday’s night drive or maybe it was the traffic jam during the journey from Delhi to Jaipur.. well, whatever it was, we were late. So, the bus plan and the taxi plan were guzzed. When a plan goes kaput, the Arien gets on the war path and so I opted for the rickshaw tour. I convinced him that tht was best option.
The first place, we planned to visit was the City Palace. The city palace was supposedly built by Sawai Mansingh and was a true treat for photographers. Plus, it was a hot and sunny day. The first place we saw was the Mubarak Mahal. All the various outfits worn by the king, his wife were placed there and somehow they still managed to look royal and grand – though slightly long and huge for the king was a short man! Anyway, the Arien wandered away to shoot interesting snaps. This snap of the guards in turbans, who were on a break, was a nice one.
We moved towards the Entrance gates which had a typical arch. We were yet to see the Chandra Mahal or inside the palace. I had heard that they had maintained all the chairs etc. as is from those days. However, they did not let us take photographs inside and so we had to walk away without any snaps. We had not hired a guide or purchased the audio guide and so sometimes, we had no clue ’bout the monuments we were visiting, which was a shame.
Anyway, we came across the rickshaw musem. We had seen the car and bike musem at Dharamshala but this was totally new. Some of them looked so spruced up and well-maintained, I felt that we could get on it and start touring the city. Of course, they were more the tonga type, so we may need a horse. It reminded me of the tonga ride that we had taken in Mysore, at dusk. I felt like we were under a spotlight.
We walked around aimlessly and took a number of pictures. Some with ourselves against the amazing backdrop and others, just by themselves. The Arien was having a field day. He did not remember that we had started late or that I was primarily responsible for not getting ready on time. 😀
We took pictures of the Chandra Mahal. The flag on top is supposedly the flag of the royal family though it looks quite similar to the Indian Flag. We have no snaps of the Chandra Mahal from the front as we did not venture that way.
Most of these palaces have gigantic gates and I have wondered if they always keep it closed. I noticed a lot of guards walking from a particular door though I hardly saw the gigantic door opened. It was while watching that that I noticed the smaller opening or door, carved into the gigantic gate for these occassions and I pointed it out to the Arien. We managed to take a shot of the guard as we walked out of the smaller door.
We also saw the very brightly coloured, Pritam Chowk doorway which was part of the city palace. It was a brilliant green colour and there were so many folks sitting there for the shade that we did the same. As usual, the Arien cannot sit still for more than a few minutes, and so he was shooting pics. At that time, I did not know that we were shooting at Pritam Chowk. All I knew was that we were shooting a green doorway and I wondered at the significance 😀
Anyway, we came back to the exit gate, where our Rickshaw wallah had asked to wait. When we reached there he told us to visit the Jantar Mantar, which was nearby and mentioned that we need not purchase tickets again as our ticket was a 3-in-1.
So, on this hot day, we moved to a place that was to me, quite boring. It was quite warm and there was not much shade and the Arien insisted on shooting pics. I moved away to pick up Maaza or Slice (a mango drink with no fizz) and the Arien asked me to pick up bottled water as well. So, while I was on these errands, he walked all round taking pics. I was dragging my feet and did not get back very quickly.
He was soon bored. We had quite a few interesting places to visit and it was now lunch time but if we stopped for lunch, we would miss some of the sights and so we decided to get going. I think the rickshaw wallah was not too happy. Well.. cannot please everybody 😦 We still had to visit so many places. More on that in my next post.