25.12.2009 - 25.12.2009 24 °C
Okay, so there are a few days to catch up on. Let’s start with the last day in Jaipur.
We were slightly pushed for time because of our train departure and because packing a heavy bag with many large presents takes time, skill and obviously patience. We decided to head to Amber Fort in the 3 hours we had available. Admittedly, we had also taken our time having breakfast because Lucky, the persistent Auto Rickshaw driver was waiting outside…to pounce. And so he did.
Lucky is the epitome of Indian charm. In fact, Lucky is Indian charm. We heard many times how he woke up at 7am (instead of 11) and denied another girl a ride just so he could wait for us. Well, most likely, Carolyn. He was openly infatuated with Carolyn.
And so was the bottle store owner. He fell for Carolyn when she bought some wine on Christmas night. We paid him the 70Rs we owed him the next morning, had many pictures taken and as a token of his gratitude, were pressured to drink a Bacardi Breezer at 11am.
We then climbed in Lucky’s Auto Rickshaw and sped precariously through the crazy traffic. Lucky is an ironic name. After at least 4 near misses in the traffic and having a mild collision with a bicycle, I counted myself lucky to be alive. (And lucky to have had a drink prior to the ride.)
We left for the train after an incredibly speedy climb up to the fort, being ripped off for peanuts (literally), a massive lunch and an unwanted diversion to a gem jeweler.
We naturally regret not having more time for the fort.
Here are some pics: