Sunday, February 12, 2017

Jaipur - The Pink City

Jaipur and a rest day!  Also known as the "Pink City" for the colour of the red sandstone buildings.
It's the home of the Amer Fort in the state of Rajasthan.

Sunset at Jaipur with the Amer Fort

Yup, it's a "Snake Charmer" with a Cobra.

We did not take the elephant ride up to the fort

One good looking Guard - he has beautiful blue eyes 

Restoration work 

Hand carved teak blocks used to do hand block printing on either silk or cotton.  Each colour has its own block to create a design.  These artisans hand this skill down from generation to generation.

This gentleman and his family have done block printing for generations.  They are true artisans.

This craft shop also had weavers doing silk, wool, and camel hair carpets.  The weavers are also generational family craftsman.  The men do the weaving on a part time basis and are paid by the meter.  Depending on the size, they can take on average 4 months to complete 1 carpet.  Thank goodness I bought carpets when I lived in the Middle East.

There was a huge store at this location once we got through the workshops.....
(they ship internationally)

The Winter Palace - where women looked out the screened windows to see what was happening.  This location is very popular for couples to get engaged at.  There were couples getting engagement photos taken while we were there.

Winter Palace

Masala Peanuts

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