20.07.2010 - 20.07.2010 40 °C
The next morning during breakfast we met Nicola, 26 from SA who was travelling by herself (a brave lady)after 10 minutes of meeting each other we all decided to spend the day sightseeing sharing a rickshaw and guide.
THE ROYAL GAITOR
The site of the royal cenotaphs of past Maharajas and their wives and concubines, one of the Maharajas died in 1997 in Cirencester whilst playing polo.
GALTA – Temple of the sun god (Otherwise known as the Monkey Temple)
On arrival it’s a steep 200m climb to get to the top, with some great views over the city. We were adopted by a local kid who decided to show us around but of course we expected that he would demand money at the end of the tour, but we didn’t mind as he seemed nice enough. Half way up the steep climb to the Temple there was a snake charmer, which after some persuasion, Ollie put the cobra around his neck for the photo opportunity. We were told the snakes venom glands had been removed.
Obviously there were also many monkeys waiting to snatch the peanuts we had bought from a local vendor at the bottom of the hill. The monkeys would take the peanuts from our hands, if you tried to stroke them they would get extremely aggresive and go for you. Quite funny. Hepzi also got kissed on the cheek by a local teenager, who afterwards was jumping for joy all the way into the distance. We have been told that westerners are thought of by some as celebrities. We have been asked many times for our picture to be taken with the locals and their children.
THE AMBER FORT
Situated on rugged hills it takes 10 minutes to walk to the top of the fort. In the early mornings it’s possible to ride an elephant up to the top.
After a long tour of the city the driver gets a commission to every shop he takes us to from the owner. We let him take us to a “wholesale” textile factory, the colour and fabrics were amazing and we fell in love with a huge elephant wall hanging that was 6000INR along with a white and silver embroidered bed sheet. We decided to think about it as he would not go any lower that 9000INR for the lot the equivalent to around £100. As we started to walk out of the factory he was desperately trying to get us to stay and started lowering his prices. We would sleep on it as this would be a lot of money to part with so soon on the trip.