The beautifully uniformed palace guardsman at the Chandra Mahal, very kindly showed us how to tie a turban.
A turban is a piece of cloth, some 40-50 feet long and about one foot wide, which is wound around the head following a certain pattern. It looked so easy when he did it - I bet it would look nothing like a turban if I tried it!
One of the hawker sellers you will find especially around the Hawa Mandar is one selling peacock feather fans. The peacock is the national bird of India. I was always told that peacock feathers were unlucky to have in a home.. but who knows.
The seat of the maharajas, and still residence of the son of the last one and his family. Yet another fine example of taste & riches. The heart of the palace is the 7-storey Chandra Mahal. The outer court is flanked with "stone lace" architecture. The predominant colour is pink because this was the colour of hospitality. I loved the peacock gates, tho and the elephants of guarding the main entrance.
Albert Hall Museum
It is erected in the middle of Ram Niwas Garden of Jaipur . It was built in 1876 to mark the visit of Prince of Wales to the city. The beautiful Indo - sarcenic structure of the Albert designed by Sir Swinton Jacob was opened in 1887 as a public museum. It contains a fine collection of sculptures, paintings, decorative art objects, natural history specimens, an Egyptian mummy and a celebrated Persian Garden Carpet.
Amber is located 11Km far from Jaipur, and it is the old capital of the Rajput empire.
The fort has been build on 1592 from the Maraja Man Singh.
It is located on a top of an hill, which gives you amazing landscape views, but the way that you gotta take to reach the base of the fort, is already a great activity: is a zig zag route with supreme views!.
Amber Fort is the touristic site number two, only after the Hawa Mahal in the city center of Jaipur, so take care as usual abt the common tourist traps.
(i.e. here people are talking about Euro and Dollaz and not about Rupee!!!)
The transportation leave you on the parking place onthe base of the fort, and there are three ways to cover the way beetween the base and the top of the fort: to hike (about 15 minutes), but it is quiet deep; rent a jeep (Rs 120 one way) or the most common one: jump on an Elephant (Rs 400 way back).
An Elephant can take up to 4 people each so the cost has to be splitted into 4 people.
Altough the fee cover the eway back too, the owners will ask you to take the way back walking, cuz the Elephant will suffer the weight on the way back, anyway is pretty nice to walk on the way back too.
Once you reach the top, thousand of people will come over you trying to sell whatever, simply walk throu them and reach the entreace. The fort is amazing, big and will lots of places to visit. Give yourself at least a couple of hours to hang around here.
Reguarding how to reach the fort, the easiest way is to hire for a full day a rickshaw, so you can visit other sites (check my other tip)