February 8, 2016 by Alyse LaHue
The last stop on our 3-day mad-dash tour of the golden triangle would take us to pink city of Jaipur, so named for the hue of most the buildings. We piled 9 strong into a ‘too tiny’ van for a 5 hour adventure. Our travel leaders were actually violently ill so their green faces were vomiting out the window.
We visited a mountaintop majestic fort, called Amer Fort (another unesco world heritage site), where tourists would ride painted elephants to the top. Luckily my group has a vehement opposition to animal labor/cruelty so we hoofed it to the top on foot instead! We visited many forts/royal palaces so I’ll spare you all the details except to say each one was truly a marvel to me in its grandeur, durability and ability to stand the test of time.
We had a mad dash nascar-style tuk-tuk ride back into Jaipur from the fort, dodging cars, goats, people and a variety of other wheeled and hoofed objects. Not recommended for motion sickness!
We spent the rest of the day walking the city and enjoying the sun. A highlight was a good-hearted 85 year-old man feeding ants. We also suspect he may have been responsible for the 3 tiny cups of milk left for the street dogs. Our train was 8 hours delayed returning to New Delhi so we ended up having to hire cars to get us the 5 hours back, which lets be honest, was probably 10x more comfortable than the ‘cheap’ train for just $10 more. Flight out of ND the next day and out of India and on to Nepal for our next project with Lotus Children’s Home. See you in Kathmandu 🙂