09.11.2012 - 09.11.2012
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Next stop on the tour - Jaipur, otherwise known as the Pink City or the home town of our guide, Raghu! Getting here involved a very uncomfortable bus ride where even me and Tam struggled for leg space! After a quick freshen up at the hotel we went out for our "orientation walk". It seemed we were wandering around the bustling streets of the city to nowhere in particular when Raghu told us that he was taking us to meet his family. Next thing we know we are in a very plush living room being served chai tea by our wonderful hosts, Raghu's mother and sister-in-law! We looked at some old photos of Raghu and accepted some beautiful bangles as gifts before we headed up to the rooftop for our actual orientation of the city!
Cue cycle rickshaws (our first in India) to take us into the town centre. Several members of our group got lost en route and whilst waiting for them we saw our first elephant in the street..... cows, camels, dogs we are now used to, but elephants were a first! Very exciting! We dutifully followed our guide around the streets, listening to him chatting about jewellery shops and cinemas before we shamefacedly snuck into a McDonalds (again, we know! We're testing them out in every country!)!
Back to the hotel for a not so quick change before our first big Indian night out in celebration of Raghu's birthday! Despite our protestations I suspect we will be spoilt again by Raghu and not allowed to pay for much tonight! Thank God it's neither of our birthdays while here - I don't think we could afford it!!!
No doubt Tammy will have an update of the night's frivolities tomorrow! Stay tuned!