Friday, September 18, 2009

E/S Tanner's Excellent Jaipur Holiday

The old city of Jaipur is walled and is called the Pink City since all buildings are painted alike. The one below is more a facade that a building with rooms. The Maharaja's wives could climb the back stairs to look out of a different window each day. The palace complex is behind the building and the women could not leave nor be seen so we have a building with 365 windows, one for each day of the year.

Inside the palace complex, behold, an elephant garage. It is, really.

The observatory dates from the 17th Century and I was impressed even though I'm a zero when it comes to astronomy or astrology.

The structure to the left with a triangle looking wall can measure time with 20 second accuracy. The one in the foreground has something to do with the positions of heavenly bodies. The bowls have scribed lines in them associated with something astronomical.

This structure can measure time with 2 second accuracy. Sister Tanner is modeling the same structure below.

You can see the shadow on the curved surface which indicates the time. The curve continues on the other side of the center structure. There is more to it than just time, but don't ask me.

Sister Tanner had to have a picture of this wonderfully decorated camel so I went across the street and got it.

Nice place to build a summer palace that remains cool with the breezes blowing in from across the water. Can you see the water buffalo chilling in the lake?

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