The first part of Day 4 was chock full of sightseeing with sunrise tour of Taj Mahal and later in the morning a visit to another architectural marvel, Fatehpur Sikri.
But the rest of the day was for travel, a long drive to Jaipur, 240 km and 5 hours. Even though it was only half way thru the day, I felt like we had a full day of touring. I was ready to sit and be driven. I like long drives - they're therapeutic.
As soon as we got into the highway, I spotted a monkey on the side of the road. I let out a squeal which I think scared Ashok a bit. I told him about the monkey and if he could stop so I can photograph it. He said there's plenty along the road and in Jaipur, they're everywhere.
First monkey I saw.
We had to stop and let water buffaloes cross the highway!
We passed by many roadside marketplace.
Camels were everywhere too.
We were following this bus that's overflowing with passengers; soon after a heavy downpour - monsoon rains came down and I don't know how these guys stayed atop the bus.
The countryside was dotted with many Hindu temples, some are more ornate than others. We stopped at one. I thought it was really nice looking (plus I needed a pit stop, I was sure they have bathroom at a temple right?).
We're almost entering Jaipur he said.
Ashok took us to the hotel and asked if we'd like to use the car that evening. But we we were tired and wanted to rest. Our hotel was very nice, it felt more like we're guests in someone's house - walls have paintings of old Jaipur royalty, wooden floors, wooden beds. The facade got a facelift, I was told, but the interiors has that old homey feel to it. The fact that the elevators were down when we were there and had to go 6 flights of stairs (we were on the third floor) to get to our rooms added to the homey feel of the hotel.
We had a good sleep, aided by both AC and electric fan. I woke up early to catch a glimpse of sunrise, but I failed. I don't know my location and which direction I would be facing. But across the hotel, I saw monkeys on the roof of what is a structure next to a small Hindu temple/prayer room.
This is my entry for this week's
OUR WORLD TUESDAY