JAIPUR’S CHARMING SNAKES (posted in AFAR “Ambassadors” 3/11/13)

Friendly Jaipur snake charmer plopped his turban on my head and introduced me to his cobra.

Friendly Jaipur snake charmer plops his turban on unsuspecting tourists.

Patting a cobra is one of the highlights of a Jaipur visit, along with the questionable act of  donning the snake charmer’s turban.

One of Jaipur's seven gates to the old city

One of Jaipur’s seven gates to the old city

Known as “the Pink City,” because of its rosy, wedding-cake architecture, Jaipur also amazes with a sprawling 18th-century astronomical observatory — the Jantar Mantar — that resembles a stunning contemporary sculpture garden.

The Jantar Mantar looks like a contemporary sculpture garden.

The Jantar Mantar looks like a contemporary sculpture garden.

Giant sinuous, sandstone sundials reach for the stars with their own staircases and are accurate to two-tenths of a second. The world’s largest sundial — several stories high –could be a piece of I.M. Pei’s architecture.

The world's largest sundial

The world’s largest sundial

Just outside the city, the spectacular Amber Fort doubled as a luxurious palace for the maharajah and has it’s own “great wall” spanning miles of local countryside. Visitors ride elephants or Jeeps to the hilltop fort.

The Amber Fort was also a luxurious palace.

The Amber Fort was also a luxurious palace.

A hot-air balloon ride offers a bird’s-eye view of the fort, countryside and this fascinating city, which is the capital of Rajasthan, India’s largest state.

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2 thoughts on “JAIPUR’S CHARMING SNAKES (posted in AFAR “Ambassadors” 3/11/13)

  1. Reed, I’ve been on a world tour of your posts this morning–including this fabulous one of Jaipur (you make a wonderful snake charmer!). I myself am charmed by your stories and photos, and learned so much, from the soup kitchens run by Hindus and Sikhs to your experience housesitting with Baby the cat! I’m dazzled by your travels and the way you share them.

  2. Your photos are gorgeous!! What a fantastic blog! And how almost relaxed you look with that cobra! Your adventurous spirit is showing!

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