Jaipur, India

Apr 27, 2013

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Jaipur proved to be both very interesting and very uninteresting all at the same time. The oxymoron of India continues.
When writing the email to my mom about my stay there it sounded borderline extreme, and I could imagine her thumbing her rosary beads along while reading it, slipping loose a quiet “Sweet Christ” in Polish here and there between lines. But in reality, we only mustered to stay at the spot for a day and were on the first bus out of there come morning. 
I think that once we hit this leg of the journey we were just...over it. Oh look, another palace. Oh hey there, some more patterns. Look over yonder, another spiky gate. It's crazy to think that you can actually become immune to these sights, but being almost a month in made them feel familiar, homey. Like it was the same as you taking a stroll through your suburb neighborhood (okay so maybe not exactly like that but you know what I mean.)
So we went to go see the palace, climbed a winding, steep hill to go see another temple, and then looked at each other and decided we'd rather go eat masala chips in our hostel bed and watch some Hindi music videos and soap operas.  On the way back, though, some spicy events took place that slowed our TV marathon idea down. Right there, in front of our hostel, was a civilian riot with angry protesters on one side of the street and police armed with SWAT gear and canon-lookin-things on the other. We wanted something different, well there is was! If you want to know more about it, read my post HERE! photo 27174de4-93bd-4f06-973f-306558bd002a_zpse2f1933b.jpg photo 02339b10-70cd-4481-b524-138952b9e7f9_zps7d24ca89.jpg
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             Jaipur is known as the Pink City, and the Palace definitely didn't skimp on that title!
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Climbing, climbing, and climbing our way up to a temple. Dress from Sugarlips.
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48 comments :

  1. Ack, look at those ceilings! They're beautiful! I just love the details here. And that golden door with those spikes (I'm assuming it's a door--looks pretty formidable to me!)... gorgeous, gorgeous. Architect's dream!

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  2. Jaipur is amazing! What breathtaking architecture and landscape. And that is an awesome dress -- you look lovely :)

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  3. That first building is so beautiful with the mustard and bright blue! Love the cute little monkeys and your dress is so pretty! I want to know more about this scary event!
    Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  4. Spending a month in India has always been a dream of mine. You're photos are stunning and I'm sure it's even more amazing in person.

    It's funny how things can become commonplace so easily. I am so grateful to live somewhere that's unique and beautiful, but often take it for granted until I travel away from it.

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  5. wow, Jaipur looks incredible. the part about the riot sounds scary...but still, amazing to see a different culture!!

    itsrainingblueumbrellas.blogspot.com

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  6. beautiful...and I love your monkey pictures :)

    -Emma from little motley

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  7. Gorgeous photos, I love all the colors and vibrance there is! And the sky is always a bright blue! That little monkey is just adorable!

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  8. Wow, what a stunning place! I love all of the colors and details in the architecture. India is very near the top of my travel wishlist so I'm incredibly jealous you're there!

    ~Jacy

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  9. These pictures are so beautiful and I've been wanting to go to India for so long... they make me really jealous!!

    Enjoy your trip!!

    XX

    www.themirroronthewall.com

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  10. Such amazing pictures! And those monkeys are really cute!

    XX Red Sonja

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  11. Beautiful pictures and your dress is amazing!

    http://myperpetualperplexities.blogspot.co.nz/
    (would love to make some blogger friends)

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  12. Holy cow! These images are stunning! I love the one with the orange ceilings and chandeliers. So funny how you became 'immune' to the sights on this leg of the trip, but I guess the extraordinary can become ordinary when it surrounds you all the time...

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  13. Even though this place looks amazing to me I get what you mean when you hit that place during your travels where nothing is interesting anymore! Haha I love that you ended up getting more excitement than you wanted in the end.

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  14. AMAZING pictures! I wish that some day I get to visit India. Such a beautiful and inspiring place.
    xxx

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  15. incredible pictures! you look so happy :)

    young blood

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  16. It sounds like such a magical, unique place :) I love reading travel posts and seeing the world more through another blogger's eyes!!

    www.ngofficial.blogspot.co.uk

    <3

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  17. Loved picture 2 and 4!! I had never seen those spiked doors before! They are so beautiful! Lovely monkeys too :D
    Dany

    bluebellsandowls.blogspot.com

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  18. Beautiful photos, Marlen! The buildings are beautiful and those monkeys are so cute. Glad you had some fun soap operas to retreat to when you ran out of things to see! ;)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  19. I just watched a movie set in India last night, so this post was well-timed for me. I just love the beautiful archways and patterns. I've never been to India, but I would like to visit someday. The monkeys are cuuuute.

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  20. Holy crap, I clicked over to your tumble to read the whole story and that's quite a crazy day! Awfully nice of that random gut to rescue you!

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  21. It all looks so beautiful and I love your outfit here.

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  22. Amazing photography, this totally makes me wanna travel :) ♥

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  23. I don't know if I would ever get used to seeing such gorgeous temples. That pink one is my favorite so far. I love the simple what details against the bright colors.

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  24. Wow insanely beautiful photos. Wow!

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  25. such gorgeous photography! i am dying to travel there!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  26. Absolutely stunning! Jaipur always makes me think of a fragrance my mother used to wear when I was young but I had no idea it was such a beautiful place! I would totally freak out if I saw SWAT in real life!

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  27. These photos are amazing! I will now have to add this to my list of places to travel to!

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  28. Wow this is beautiful! The colors are so vibrant and the monkeys are so cute :D But that event definitely sounded very unfortunate. And just out of curiosity, how did he person on the motorcycle know where you guys were staying at? :O But it's a good thing he did though. And I can't believe that saying you're American made the guy in the palace give you back the camera, haha good thing it worked!

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  29. This is so different to anything I have seen before, that's why I find it interesting. The buildings seem so beautiful.

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  30. i totally get what you mean by becoming immune to certain sites! every since moving to switzerland and traveling around...i NEVER need to go in to another cathedral again. ever.

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  31. Whoaaa that sounds amazing! Wonderful photos too! And yeah you should most def pay Berlin a visit as well, loved it there!

    X Imke

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  32. Those mosaics and walls covered in what looks like lace are beyond stunning... It takes my breath away... Just to think that some people are THAT skilled (and others were rich and lucky enough to live in those palaces). Amazing.
    Thank you for the photos!
    x

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  33. Such lovely pics -- the colors! The patterns! Though I do know what you feel about site-seeing overload. When you're traveling, it's important to know when you need downtime!
    --Lily
    Fifth Freedom Fashion

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  34. oh my gosh i love your dress.

    <3becky
    www.loosefromthezoo.com

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  35. Beautiful photos Marlen! I love the architecture in India. Thanks for sharing :) xo

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  36. I love the photos! Off to your Tumblr to read more...

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  37. thanks for sharing.. i always love your photo diary..the pictures are taking me to the place..:) keep it up!! :)

    thinkerbellethoughts.blogspot.com

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  38. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, it's absolutely sweet of you to find the time to do so!

    And thanks for continuing to share your beautiful photos. I can only imagine how overloaded you are with sight seeing, but I'm definitely appreciating the views your posting!

    With love,
    ~N
    Wardrove on Wheels

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  39. Hi Marlen,

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. You take awesome pictures of India and I love your writing. It is beautiful. I often see people backpacking to India and taking lots of awesome pictures, be it of magnificent buildings to the slums around the city. So opulent, so emtional. India is indeed a mish mash of beautiful things. I haven't been to India yet and the rising rape cases of locals and tourists alike is giving India a bad name of late.

    I don't usually do this, only to blog contents or blog owners I can identity with or find similarities to. Do you wanna follow each other on blogger and Pinterest? Lemme know! I'm drawn to your pictures. Are you a photographer?

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  40. These are incredible pics!!! Everything is so awese but that monkey!!!!!- too cute! Love the dress too!

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  41. Merci for your lovely comment on my blog! ♥ I absolutely adore your travel experiences!!! Maybe you want to follow each other?
    Love, Kyra

    www.kyras.de

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  42. wow! these pictures are so enchanting! i wish i could travel there where inspiration must be everywhere. all those colors and beautiful architecture! and your dress is just perfect!

    http://bohemiansbanquet.blogspot.com/

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  43. thanks for your sweet comment sweetie! Your pictures are just as beautiful! Thanks for sharing a little part of India with us.

    xo
    Ola
    www.stylesbyola.com

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  44. Wow wow wow! What beautiful images and moments you captured!

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  45. Oh my gosh!! The colors, the details!! It's so amazing!! Oh how I'd love to be where you are, its at the top of my traveling bucket list!! Enjoy it, bask it in, love it!!
    Tessa Lynn

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  46. you look adorable in that close up! although the last one of the monkey might top you, sorry to say. And I def know how you feel, we got that way after travelling around Spain when I literally said "oh.. another freakin' cathedral.." which is probably blasphemy i shouldn't admit to but anyway. your mom sounds so funny too. thank god you were ok w/ the riot!
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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