Day 2 – Exploring Jaipur on Foot

Editor’s Note: I am already on Day 7 of my trip, now in Israel. Posting the backlog since I did not have a good consistent internet connection in India.

It’s Day 2 in Jaipur. Woke up late due to the loooong almost 24 hour trip, with nothing officially scheduled in my itinerary. I decided to take a walk… and a fascinating one it turned out to be!

Things that surprised me:

India is COLD. Like Baguio cold. I don’t know why I had the image of India in the sweltering heat. But then again, it’s cold this time of year.

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Camels, not carabaos are Jaipur’s beasts of burden.

There are ANIMALS everywhere! They literally own the roads. It’s strange seeing cows walk around without a leash or someone watching them, even at night. I also saw a gang of pigs cross the street in the middle of traffic. And camels are Jaipur’s beast of burden of choice. Amazing!

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Pigs crossing the street. Only in India. I’m surprised they know how to weave thru traffic on a major road!

Food is CHEAP. Like surprisingly cheap. I ordered a Masala Dosa and a Punjabi Thali at a nearby store (Kanha) and was surprised on the size of the portions. A similar order would cost about P1000 at New Bombay Restaurant in Manila (about USD 20) only to be amazed to find out this whole thing cost like P250 (about USD 5). I was thinking it was a small order so I was shocked to see how sizeable it was. This is the biggest Masala Dosa I’ve ever had. And yes, it’s really good.

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Look at that huge Masala Dosa on the left! The one on the right is the Punjabi Thali. I didn’t know how to order so I got 2 lassis by mistake. Total bill is about P250 only!

There are NO fast food places, at least where I am in Jaipur. I’ve walked about 5km going around today, and have not seen a McDonald’s or a KFC… heck, even a 7-11. Not even a Shell! It seems I’m in an area where multinationals have not descended.

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The women’s clothes are so COLORFUL and yet the man’s clothes are so drab. Men go around in greys, browns, blues. Women go around in bright yellows, purples, reds, greens. Its as if the women and men made a bet and only one gender can wear bright colourful clothing, and the women won.

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Scenes at a Jaipur Bazaar

The driving is BAD. Terrible, even according to Philippine Standards. I don’t think I’ve seen vehicles in multiple lanes try to “beat each other out” at toll gates in Manila, as if they were in EDSA. It seems that in Manila people learn to line up at toll booths. Vehicles dart in and out from nowhere, with horns honking almost non-stop, as if they were all bus drivers on EDSA. And I thought drivers in Italy were bad!

Interestingly, Jaipur reminds me of the outskirts of Batangas or Laguna. Still very much the countryside, still developing, but getting there.

Tomorrow I set for the sights. Let’s see what happens.

Leo

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2 thoughts on “Day 2 – Exploring Jaipur on Foot

  1. Nice post – just sums up what I experienced in Jaipur last week. Totally agree, the colours are amazing! I thought the temperature was great, not sure I want to go through the crowded market in a sweltering heat! Enjoy Israel 🙂

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