Day 4 in India was also the last day in Jaipur. We went to see Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City palace, bazaar, cinema and.. a wedding!
Hawa Mahal, which means Palace of Winds or Palace of Breeze. This is quite a narrow building like a wall. It was created so the royal woman and their servants could watch the street without being seen through the stained glass windows. This place has interested me even before I came to India so I have also hand stitched it like I did with the step-wells. I really liked the symmetry of it and the amount of multicoloured windows.
This is a sundial observatory which contains 13 architectural astronomy instruments and the biggest sundial in the world which shows time up to 2 seconds. I loved it there, I loved the shapes and the sundial and how they worked. Also I quickly found my architectural astronomy instrument which was very geometrical and I really liked it.
On our way to the City Palace we stopped in a place where all the local artists sell their work. The work I saw there saw simply exquisite. As soon as I walked in a saw a loom with weaving on and which out thinking I was there in about 5 seconds! The loom was vertical which was quite weird as the looms in Europe are horizontal. Also with the horizontal looms you only press one wooden block go get the line in and with the vertical loom the man had a special comb to gather the lines in. He even let me weave few lines and comb them which was quite amazing. I also bought some year made out of jute bamboo in different colours. The first photo of the man is taken by Dr Keireine Canavan who was one of the tutors on the trip.
City palace, Jaipur
This palace was so extraordinary. The patterns on the walls but mainly the doors impressed me so much.Each door had a busy repeat design on them and around, also the archways make them look even better. Some of the doors even had 3D peacocks make out of clay above them.
I absolutely loved the bazaar! It was loud, busy and crazy but also it was real. It was a market for tourists at the start but the longer I walked through the allays and street I was getting to the real thing with no over prices touristy souvenirs but with locals buying spices, gadgets and food. I also bough a breathtaking sari, it is similar to the pink and blue on the photograph but mine is red and yellow.
We went to a cinema to watch a Bollywood film! What? Let’s start with the building it self, the architecture was just magnificent. Even a simple building like a cinema was beautifully decorated. Passed the doors, different for women and men, I walked in to a big hall with massive lighten up stairs on the right and sofas and food counter on the left. After getting a must – salty popcorn and coke for the film we walked in to the only screening room there was, but it looked nothing like a cinema, it looked more like a theatre. The ceiling was lighten up in curvy waves and changed colours. Before the film started they played the national anthem so everyone got up including our group. During the film the audience was not shy to express on how they feel about the scene, when any bad character was killed they cheered, when someone kissed they yelled, when the main character was getting beaten up then shouted at the screen and threw popcorn at it! The atmosphere was just so unbelievable. The film it self was very interesting even tho I didn’t understand the language and the editing was amazing.
We gatecrashed a wedding! We actually gatecrashed a real Muslim wedding in India! On our way back to get coach we waled passed a wedding few people started taking photos of the outside but our tour guide said we can come in. I was one of the first people to come in and someone started pulling me to get on the stage with the bride, I thought that there is no way that’s happening but then we were all invited so we went. The bride was so pretty and her sari was also really pretty. The tradition is that the bride has to seated down for the whole wedding, she can smile and party, this shows respect to the grooms parents. If she parties along with other guest it would mean that she is not from a good home.