and interesting sidetrips
31.01.2016 - 16.02.2016 72 °F
Well crap. I have a cold which kept me up most of the night. I am sure that no one believes me, but I am never sick, at least not at home. But get me on a trip and I almost always catch something. I’m going to blame it on the Mexico busses. (Air India). At least I’m not the only one. I’ve been hearing some sniffing and coughing in our “coach”.
Today we drove from Agra to Jaipur. It’s about a five-hour drive and we made a few stops on the way so it took forever. Our first stop was the abandoned walled city of Fatehpur Sikri. Akbar (remember Akbar?) built the city to be near his Sufi priest after the priest promised him that he would finally have three sons. The city is huge with palaces for his wife and him as well as a large accommodation for his harem. It was founded in 1569 and abandoned in 1585. I guess the water source ran out. (talk about poor planning!) It must have been beautiful in its time but now it is a giant red sandstone complex with very little evidence of the grandeur it must have had.
Have you ever heard of a stepwell? I hadn’t either until we stopped in a small village and looked at the Chand Baori stepwell which is just outside of Jaipur. It’s amazing! The purpose was to conserve water and create a cool gathering place. It is 13 feet deep and along all four sides are 3500 steps. I never knew anything like that existed. After we left the well, we went on a little walk through the village. It was pretty neat, a little middle class burg complete with the town tailor who sits outside on his porch sewing on his treadle Singer.
We finally made it to Jaipur, the location of the Exotic Marigold Hotel. It is a big metropolitan city. There are no cows in the streets and all the shops have electricity and doors. We’re coming up in the world. I am exhausted and going to bed. I am still a happy traveler. . .even with a cold. It is not all that bad, but I am dead.