Ed in India - Days 6&7
Today we had a day travelling by coach to Jaipur for a 3 night stay.
On our way there, we stopped at Fatehpur Sikri which is another UNESCO world heritage site, built in the late 1500s. This was a good stop to see what was a previous capital of the Mughal Empire. Our local guide Shailesh was once again on hand to tell us everything that there was to know about the Mughals and their influence at Fatehpur Sikri.
Back on the road again we then had a brief stop for lunch. Not exactly what you would call a motorway services as we know them, but the food was certainly better, with most opting for a lunchtime curry!
Upon arrival at our hotels in Jaipur we had the evening to ourselves. Of course this meant that Gary and I wanted to go out and explore.
There was a festival on in Jaipur at the time of our arrival, so we ended up walking for 20-30 minutes through crowds of people with a real buzz around the city, before getting a Tuk Tuk to a local restaurant.
As we had now arrived in Rajasthan, I had a Rajasthani Special Curry, whilst Gary opted for one of his favourites, Chicken Makhani. My highlight of this evening was Gary getting a helping hand with crossing a local road, on a local’s motorbike!
Day 7 included a tour exploring Jaipur with our local guide Shailesh. We visited Amer Fort, a fort on top of a hill with views overlooking Jaipur. We also visited a local textiles factory where some of our travellers did some shopping. There were many colourful bags/mats when we got back onto the coach!
We had our evening at leisure where most opted to go out and explore the many restaurants available in Jaipur, ahead of another day of sightseeing on day 8.