City Palace in Jaipur

Upon leaving Hawa Mahal, the afternoon continued in romance mode with a tour of the opulent City Palace in Jaipur, former royal residence, now a grand museum with an extraordinary collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armory.

City Palace in Jaipur

Entering Royal Palace

Entering Royal Palace

Interior Court of the City Palace in Jaipur

Interior Court of the City Palace in Jaipur

I’ll always remember the fabulous giant sterling silver urn. I’m not sure why any royal person would want such an object, but it was truly stunning.

How to tie a turban

I loved the lesson at the City Palace on how to properly construct a turban. Really, I had no idea it was an art, a science, and a culture all in one head-piece.

A Gentle Evening of Folk Music in Jaipur

The romance of history mode continued into the gently warm evening when we attended an outdoor banquet in the courtyard of a neighborhood restaurant. The men were given red turbans to wear and the ladies were given beautiful colored gauzy wisps of scarf, edged in beads, to cover our hair.

The meal was served buffet-style, which many of us prefer. When you don’t recognize what you’re going to eat, it’s very nice to be able to sample a little of everything until you find your favorites. And there were many, let me tell you. The Indian cuisine involves such an amazing array of spices that I could easily become a vegetarian if I were to live there very long.

A family of performers entertained us with traditional Indian instruments, songs, and dances, and the evening ended with a puppet show. Without language skills, I only caught the barest outline of the drama being sung and acted, but I was delighted to see that two of the puppets on stage were exactly the same as the ones I had purchased.

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