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Friday, January 8, 2016

12/14: Jaipur: Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh & Batman Mask

Our last day in the lovely city of Jaipur was spent at the very picturesque Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh Gardens located a  number of miles south of Jaipur. We had free admission there as part of a combo admission ticket we had bought a few days earlier so we thought relaxing in the gardens for a couple of hours before taking the bus on to India's capital city of Delhi would be a delightful way to finish our visit to the amazing city of Jaipur.
We just loved the architecture of this building that was near Sisodia. 
Photos from Sisodia Rani Ka Bagh:

The palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh in 1710 to accommodate his wife who wanted to live in a separate palace from the one in Amer Fort. His wife was originally known as Sisodia Rani; therefore this beautiful garden was named after her.

Guess you could figure Lady Clairol came to my rescue that morning as my hair was so much redder than the previous day's photos!

We were almost entirely alone in the gardens for the whole time except for the 'workers' above. I put that in parantheses because they just seemed to enjoy each others' company and the beautiful weather apart from a short while cutting the grass with scissors.
After walking around the gardens for 20 minutes or so, we just 'parked' ourselves on one of the benches and read our kindles for a couple of hours while the tuk tuk driver we had hired waited for us outside the entrance.

Above and below, more stunning buildings en route back to Jaipur.
We caught a late bus to Delhi which didn't get us to our hotel there til about 11 pm. What a rather harrowing bus ride from Jaipur - I have never seen a driver of such a big vehicle literally weave in and out of traffic like he had for the entire drive. Any driver in the US who drove like ours did would have been pulled over by the police within a mile or two for dangerous driving! 

We were in the second row so I had a great view of it all. Steven had his ‘Batman’ sleep mask on almost the entire time so remained pretty oblivious except for the herky jerky movements when the driver kept braking hard every time he came within inches of another truck, car, tractor or pushcart. You'd think I would have been scared seeing his driving like that with one hand on the wheel and the other on the horn and flicking the high beams for 90% of the drive but it was all strangely hypnotically fun to watch! Glad though I don't need to repeat it anytime soon.

Posted on 1/9/16 from our home in Littleton, Colorado.

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