11th January. 1936

Arrived Jaipur in time for breakfast. Drove round the town along wide streets and good roads. All the buildings are coloured a light pink shade – the law enforces it. Passed the Palace of the Winds to the curio shops where we saw brass engraving and enameling and also carpet making. All hand-work – very slow but wonderful results. We have to buy samples of native art at almost every town we call. After lunch we drove by motor to the foot of the Gulta Pass and then made the ascent on a tremendous elephant. We went up a narrow road on the side of the hill and then down the other side to Gulta to see the Tanks and Temples. Hundreds of monkeys came from the hills at the call of a native who accompanied us and he carried a good supply of nuts for them. The large grey monkeys were very gentle but the smaller red-faced ones were treacherous. After the monkeys were fed our elephant expected her food which was a basket full of coarse sweetmeats. After finishing this “Jaggery” the basket was forced into her mouth and this also disappeared. the motion of the elephant was like being in a small boat on a choppy sea. Her pace was slow but sure, no slipping or skidding. The people and animals here look much better fed than in most parts. It is very colourful too with the pink buildings and the bright, vivid colours worn by both men and women. Plenty of camels, elephants, monkeys and peacocks. Looks like what we had imagined India to be like. But the beggar is still here. High class beggars, pilgrims and the ordinary beggar but we have not yet seen any of the horrible sights we have witnessed in many places. There must be hundreds of thousands of blue pigeon here. They are not allowed to be killed and they rise in clouds at times.

 

 

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