Sorry for the absence of activity. As you may have figured out, I am in India. It had been an incredible few days in Jaipur, Amber and Agra. I have tonnes of pictures to share with you. But I just don’t have the patience or time to upload them now because I’m on my iPad. So I’ll just have to repost some instagram pictures for now. Also please read Ingrid’s blog for her daily updates about our trip.
I fell in love with Jaipur the moment we entered the area after what seemed like 8 hours of a hellish bus ride. It was extremely bumpy and our driver liked to overkill the brakes. But i was up for an adventure and loved that the place was so far and hard to get to.
It was all worth the pain – sore back and legs and possibly whiplash – when I saw elephants and camels beside my window. The kids would go nuts here! I was in a different place, one that seemed to be frozen in time.
At the Zenana of Amber Fort. This is where Man Singh housed his 12 wives and other concubines. There were carved screens along hallways and windows to protect his royal ladies from being seen by guards.
Then we travelled to Agra. And on our way stopped at Fatehpur Sikri, built by Emperor Akhbar in 1571. It became the capital for only 14 years. Here you can see a great example of Mughal architecture and try to imagine how Akhbar lived.
The next day in Agra we got up before sunrise to see the greatest monument built for love. Beauty beyond words. But I was also reminded of the brutality of the Shah Jahan, who killed all his brothers and male relatives so he could be emperor.
I knew this trip was like an introductory course – India 101. Or a crash course I should say – three cities in a few days. I’ve decided that I will go back to Jaipur soon and spend at least 4 days there … with Patrick. Jaipur is beautiful, charming, authentic, not contrived and pretty in pink. It is rough and harsh but there are so many layers of wonderful. And I’ve barely scratched the surface.