Tea With The Maharajah Of Jaipur

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Date: 8th January 2016

TEA WITH THE MAHARAJAH OF JAIPUR -  Or rather Tea with the Maharajah's Uncle - the actual Maharajah is 14 years old and is at school in the UK.

I understand that many of the palaces of the Maharajah's have been converted into 5 star hotels and the Jaipur Palace is no exception. It is absolutely beautiful. We all dressed up in our finery for this important Tea date and Miriam had us in stitches because as we drove up to the Palace she assumed the role of Proprietress and was indicating hither and thither as to the beautiful artefacts, paintings, murals etc. as though she were the owner.  And she kept up the charade until the very moment we entered the room in which we were to take tea.

We changed seats from time to time in order that everyone should have an opportunity of talking with the Maharajah's Uncle. What a lovely gentleman - very quietly spoken and with a keen sense of humour once we all relaxed - after all it is not everyday one takes tea with Indian 'royalty'. One of the guests was a delightful Indian woman who, on learning the content of our documentaries, immediately declared that in Jaipur there is no way an English person would be able to contend with the heat of the summer when the temperature can rise to over 50 degrees with the accompanying humidity. She said that we would be best visiting in the 'Winter' months when the temperature is a very acceptable mid 20's.

The tea and cakes were most acceptable - in fact the cakes were so enticing I wished I could have taken more than one, but manners dictated that one would have to suffice. A thoroughly enjoyable time was had by all and then it was back to the Havelli and yet another excellent dinner cooked by our lovely Sushma and her helpers.


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