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Bristol - London - Delhi - Jaipur

Twenty four and a half hour journeys are not fun!

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After a pretty good Italian meal at Heathrow, we were ready to settle down to sleep our way through the eight hour flight to Delhi, which we did, We then had another eight hour wait in Delhi airport – thank goodness for the new improved terminal (voted the second best airport in the world after Singapore Changi) – we even found some really comfortable lounging chairs to help us catch a few more zzzzzz.

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The half hour flight from Delhi to Jaipur was unusual to say the least – for a start they were so lacksadaisy with the safety drills: lots of people playing with their mobiles, chair backs reclined and not wearing their seat belts as we took off. Secondly, we really did not expect anything to eat or drink on such a short duration, but we were given a carton of orange juice before we took off, a sandwich and a bottle of water during the flight. By the time they had cleared away the trash, we were landing.

As we were exiting the terminal we were joking about what the sign would say that the driver was holding up – my name often gets rather contrived – today I am “Miss Great”! But then I always knew that.

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The driver had a bit of trouble finding our hotel, but boy was it worth it: what a little hidden gem! Heritage style, with great attention to detail and we apparently have the best room in the house! It’s a huge suite with a living area, dining area and sleeping area and a fabulous bathroom. Sheer silk curtains separate the sleeping area from the rest, and there are a dozen or more decorative arches. Shame we are not spending longer here!

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One of the more unusual features of our room is the bathroom. It is huge, and from the standard type shower cubicle, a couple of steps lead up to another shower room, a little bit like a traditional hammam, all enclosed, all tiled in cool blue and green and with a couple of little seats. I have never had anything like it before in any of the 500+ rooms we have stayed in!

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You can see the steps on the right of the first picture, and the hammam part in the second.

A cooling breeze was very welcome as we enjoyed a beer and a Rajasthani thali in the rooftop restaurant.

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Posted by Grete Howard 17:00 Archived in India

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Off again! Hope it's not as hot as it here. I pity all those who have started Ramadan fast today. You seem to have plenty to eat and drink, and the hotel is something else. We stayed in a former palace and it had such potential but was dingy and down trodden and cost us each an arm and a leg. That was Jaipur. So envious.

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