Hi folks. I’ve decided what I will do is, make the blogs a bit of a journal of my day to day activities whilst I’m on this trip. So, every few days I will post an update of the previous few days. Just a short summary, I keep a full handwritten journal as some may know from previous posts.
Monday March 12th
It’s been a day of opposites. I took time to relax at my hotel at KLIA. I wish I could have stayed another night so the thought of getting to KLIA2 and packing was far from my mind. Still, the short time I had by the pool surrounded by palm trees and greenery, with little waterfalls and very few people, was simply heaven.
Then the craziness of KLIA2. I visited it first shortly after it opened. Today it is incredibly busy. There was a fair wait to check in, and there are just so many people here. I mean the lines for security are seriously daunting. I have around 90 minutes for my flight to Jaipur, if all goes well. So I need to think about heading through the security check for the gates.
Tuesday 3rd March
After arriving yesterday evening, late, and watching the customs officials having a devil of a time getting finger prints from people passing through, I woke today and decided that I would try and see as much of Jaipur as I could. Last time I’d missed so much, so I had a bit to make up for.
Not far from my hotel I found an autorickshaw driver to take me out for the day. We passed through the Ajmer Gate, and then headed to the City Palace, a stunning opulent place. Opposite that was the Jantar Mantar, originally an observatory from the 18th century and now a sort of astrological theme park. Which was kinda nice and features a giant sundial which can predict the time to within two second apparently.
I’d visited the Royal Gaitor on my last visit, but still it was pretty impressive this time around. I walked until I was basically sick up the hill in the heat to get to the Amber Fort, and after that I stopped by to the see the Water Palace (Jal Mahal) and the Hawa Mahal – an impressive building and the image is often used to represent Jaipur. I was so so done I returned to my hotel and chilled the whole night.
Wednesday 4th March
Today I took it pretty easy for the most part. I had a swim and a relax in and by the pool at my hotel, before heading out into the city. I needed to organise train tickets for tomorrow, so I went to the train station and got tickets to Ajmer (for Pushkar) and back as tomorrow’s day trip.
Then I found myself hiking up another big hill to see the Monkey Temple. There sure were plenty of monkeys, but they didn’t seem very interested in the humans – just each other. The temple was small, but the views across Jaipur were fantastic. That’s pretty much a summary of my day, I’m heading out for dinner shortly!
So… a quick summary of the last three days. Come back soon for the next instalment, and, may the Journey Never End!