First of all today we traveled to the City Palace of Jaipur, which was next to the Jantar Mantar. This is a collection of nineteen architectural astronomical instruments, built by the king Sawai Jai Singh in 1734, featuring one of the largest stone sundial. At first look I was totally confused how they worked because they were showing a different time to the current time according to my phone. But soon we were shown around by a guide who gave us more information about the sun dials. He said that although India has one time zone, Jaipur itself has its own time zone which is minus 39 minutes to the normal time zone of India. Which I assume means that india has many time zones according to different areas. The sun dials we looked at showed the time down to the minute which was correct according to Jaipur standard time which I thought was very interesting.
This area also included twelve zodiac sign instruments, one for each sigh. Our guide told us that although the signs that represent us are usually chosen by date. He says according to religious and social beleifs in the 18th century in India and still to this day, we can work out our signs according to the date, time and place of our birth, and although I didn’t get the time to ask him about my sign, I will email him as I have a specific interest in horoscopes and I think this could be very interesting for my on going project this idea of 12.
After this we visited the city palace, which was the seat of the Maharaja of Jaipur, built in 1732. Inside included an interesting textiles museum of traditional textile costumes with gold and silver decoration. I thought some of the bead work looked fascinating because it was so decorative. There was also some shops inside where all the girls tried on sari’s which I really enjoyed. There was also many pretty gardens and courtyards but this place did not interest and excite me as much as other places have.
Later on we travelled to the market. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Many small shops with people haggling and selling all sorts of interesting peices of clothes, machinery, food and more. Here I bought spices and ended up purchasing my own sari in pink and blue.
In the evening we all decided to go see a Bollywood film, as this would be a new experience. This cinema in jaipur called Raj Man Dir, was meant to be famous for its ornately decorations. We saw a film called Kaabil which was about a blind man finding love with a blind women. Because it was in Hindi I didnt understand much of it, but basically the outline of the movie was, another man wanted his wife and because he couldn’t have her, he raped her. She ended up killing herself and he ended up getting revenge on all the people involved in it. The atmosphere of the cinema was interesting because every now and then people would just cheer and shout out loud, It was lively. I found it really entertaining and the movie was very dramatic but defiantly worth a watch if anyone gets the chance to see this.
After we left the cinema we walked with our tour guide to find the coach to take us home. But for some reason we saw a wedding and he invited us in. It ended up with us all getting on stage to take photos with the bride and groom, which was hilarious and good fun, but made no sense whatsoever. Some ended up inviting us for food but we obviously had to get home. It was a good experience and some of the photos look brilliant.
Busy but fantastic day. Opportunities that are not to be missed.