Jaipur is located in Rajasthan, one of the northernmost states of India. Rajasthan shares a border with Pakistan, but don't worry - it's apparently quite safe and it's beautiful! The state is known for its major cities all being built from different rock types, and therefore the houses are different colors. Jaipur, the capital city where Neil's family lives, is known as the Pink City.
|The King's Garden|
|View from the Fort|
|Kid running in front of the largest sundial in the world|
|This tells you the date (I think)|
|City palace (now you know why it's called the pink city)|
|Henna at the City Palace|
Our last stop of the day (and my favorite) was the Monkey Temple east of the city. It's very run-down and only maintained by private donations, but it still felt very lived-in and many men were taking religious baths (women aren't allowed, which was fine by me because the water was GROSS). The water for all 3 pools is brought from the Ganges, about 300 km away, so it's holy... but also old and dirty.
|Aggressive monkey - look at those guns!|
|Taking a refreshing bath|
|People were standing around to watch the monkeys playing. They were so darn cute!|
There are cows all over the place. They walk around the cities, block traffic, stand in the islands between lanes, eat grass on the side of the road, and generally cause minor mayhem. That always reminds me (in those rare moments when I forget), "Hey! You're in India!"