Anne & Tom's Adventure in India travel blog

On our way to Jaipur.

Exploring Barefoot College at Tilonia.

A solar concentrator.

The concentrated solar heat bakes bred.

A hospital section.

Sewing machine.

Drug dispensary in the hospital.

They make instructional AV.

Water is under this grate.

The craft sales center.

Many bargains.

There were wall hangings.



Harvesting along the road to Jaipur.

We had lunch here.

Entering the City Palace.

The guards?

A huge brass urn.

Inside the palace (photographs were not allowed - Tom snuck this one).

A rifle display

There were artists doing restoration.

Two palace guards with ancient rifles.


One maharaja was really into the Zodiac and had very precise observatory...

A view of the palace.

We were transported via bicycle rickshaw.

In our rickshaw.

We had a good view of the streets of Jaipur.

Quite a contraption.

We then visited stores.


We got a real bargain on saffron in this spice store.

Street scene.

Begging for a cigarette.


Our hotel - the Oberoi Rajvillas.

The door to the grounds where we walked to our room.

Another fancy hotel.

The bathroom was exposed to the outdoors - but completely private.

We had another dinner at a private home.

Our hostess.

Her daughter and granddaughter.

We enjoyed the meal.

There was jewelry for sale afterwards.

We crashed a wedding on the way back.

It was quite elaborate.

Tom was invited right up on the stage to photograph the bride...

They look tired and not too happy.

We watched a camel cart bring all of our luggage to the bus as we ate breakfast, and then departed Pushkar. First stop was the village of Tilonia, about a one hour drive, where we saw the results of an effort for a self-sustaining community. Actually this particular village seems to coordinate about 110 villages in the area, and has an educational facility called "The Barefoot College". There is a 45kw electric solar generator as well as a solar oven powered by a bank of mirrors. They have a water treatment installation, as well as a handicraft shop where the efforts of the villagers are sold - very nice things.

We then traveled about 3 hours to Jaipur. Along the way, there had been an accident on the highway where it looked like a man had been trying to cross the busy four- or six-lane divided highway and was probably hit by a truck. These vehicles slow down for nothing. The man was lying in the middle of the road - he was apparently dead. The lane was blocked off, but no one was working on him medically, and it looked like you might see in a movie, except it was all too real and quite upsetting.

In Jaipur, we had lunch, and then a tour of the City Palace. These are always places built by a succession of maharajahs, very elaborate and well-defended, with separate ladies' quarters behind screened walls. There is a lot of artwork from the older times, and also a very interesting observatory which was used to determine horoscopes through the zodiac, a very important practice for the society - and still is. This was followed by a walk in the old city, and much hassling by beggars and hawkers, including a two-year old who wanted a cigarette.

We finally reached our hotel in Jaipur, the Rajvillas, another elaborate Oberoi Hotel. There was only one hour to shower and get dressed for dinner, followed by another long bus ride back into town to to home of a retired Army Captain, who is supplementing his income by hosting dinners. We had a great time and a nice dinner, as well as good conversation. This was an auspicious day for weddings according to the horoscopes, so we had passed several outdoor weddings along the way to dinner, so D.P suggested that we stop briefly at one to see what was going on and to see the elaborate costumes the bride and groom were wearing. We were appalled at the idea of crashing a wedding! We took longer to get across the busy main street than did the others in our group - we were much more dressed up than the others, so we blended right in - while the others got yelled at by a guest!

We finally arrived back at our hotel, where we practically fell into bed and slept well.

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