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Wednesday 20 April 2011

India Inspiration Trip - Day 3

Our day started with a visit to one of the most famous tourist attractions and a major landmark in Jaipur, the City Palace. This beautiful palace was built by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh during his reign and is a brilliant example of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. The City Palace complex covers a huge area, which is divided into a series of gardens, courtyards and buildings. I had a wonderful morning just strolling around and admiring the intricate detail in the architecture! 

Later we headed to Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds), another distinctive landmark of Jaipur. This pink sandstone, honeycombed building is a fine example of Rajput artistry built to enable the ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city whilst obeying the custom of ‘purdah’, which keep women in seclusion and away from prying eyes. 

The afternoon was spent zipping around in our rickshaw visiting potential suppliers all over Jaipur who had a vast array of gorgeous textiles which I’m hoping to start selling. Everything has been lovingly handmade by artisans who seem to have a skill for every intricate detail in these individual pieces. Watch this space!

We arrived back at the homestay completely exhausted and overwhelmed with what Jaipur has to offer and were so happy to have a home cooked meal ready for me. Bliss! These guys really know how to lay on a sumptuous meal!

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