Girls Only to India: Shimla & Rajasthan Royals travel blog

Didn't do optional game drive. Had a lazy breakfast then walked down the road to a local women's initiative shop.walked past a camel cart and had photo taken for a few rupees of course. Brightly dressed lady with her goat flock being passed by brightly decorated tractors playing loud music for Diwali.

The Dastwar initiative is excellent. Set up and run by ladies in a local village. Good prices, no haggling but the money goes to the right source. Far too tempting for us shopaholics!

Forgot to say we managed to lock our key in our room yesterday before going off for our second safari. So not after our G&T for the cynics amongst you. Also that RNPark has a Banyan tree 800 yrs old that is the 2nd oldest & biggest in the world. We saw a baby only 300 yrs old!

By road to Jaipur, the pink city of Rajasthan, one of the most picturesque cities in the world. The city is surrounded by rugged hills on 3 sides, is encircled by a fortified wall and guarded by 7 gates. Where we are staying turns out to be the Conference Centre of the bigger smarter Rambagh Palace Hotel. Still excellent rooms.

Today is the eve of Diwali so children are on holiday, decorations and lights abound. Just like pre Christmas except fireworks also play a huge part in the fun - esp very loud fire crackers.

We have An extraordinary dinner in The Steam Restaurant in the grounds of the Rambagh Palace Hotel. A beautiful old steam train and carriages with an amazing atmosphere. However, we think the chef has tried to put together a trendy tasting menu ...... so we have a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Indian & Italian food all served together! Not really fine together but all the components were fine!

Need to rest for Diwali tomorrow.

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