We rang up the auto guy by noon and started the city tour. The first on list was a boat ride on the lake. After the ride, we skipped a few small attractions on the way and stopped at Saheliyon ki Bari. As per history, this garden was designed by the king himself and he presented this garden to his queen. The Queen was accompanied by 48 maids in her marriage. This patterned garden used to be the popular relaxing spot of the royal ladies. The queen with her maids and female companions used to come here to spend their time in leisure. It will take only 10 minutes to cover this spot.
|Saheliyon bi bari|
We visited the Bhartiya Lok Kala Museum (handicraft museum) expecting to see a puppet show. The museum has many good exhibits relating to various tribes in Rajasthan and it helps learn more about the Rajasthani culture. The puppet show will be conducted only if there are a minimum number of visitors and we were lucky to witness it along with a small crowd. It was a memorable experience to see a live puppet show. We congratulated the artists after the show and gave some tips too.
We had our lunch at a restaurant named Green chilly, the food was quite filling and tasty. Further we explored a government aided handicraft showroom. There were plenty of interesting stuff to see, but a bit expensive as they are all either exquisite hand-made items to support village artists or traditional classic pieces from history. These showrooms were previously Havelis (mansions) of the Royal members, now given free of rent to the artists to sell their items. We visited another shop named Riyo near the city palace from where we bought some natural fibre clothes. The sales person explained the various types of natural clothing materials available such as textile made from bamboo fibres, lotus stem fibres, etc. The fabric felt very smooth on the skin unlike the artificial textiles that we usually buy.