The journey from Varanasi to Jaipur was interrupted by a late connection in Delhi so it was a scramble getting from the international terminal to the domestic terminal and then on to Jaipur but due to lots of late flights I made it and helped a fellow traveler in the process so all was good.
Once in Jaipur we went from palace to palace and then to a small occupation by a tribal family near the Amber Fort. The valley was beautiful and there was a small shrine on top of low hill we hiked up to and visited with the priest. He was pretty busy doing laundry and putting out items for Shiva so we didn't stay long. But you can drop him a line on Facebook.
Seeing such opulence was a jarring contrast to the poverty we saw in Bhopal and elsewhere in India. The lavish details in the palaces was jarring when you looked just outside the gates at the common people. Little care was taken, for the most part, of the general population during the millennia with the exception of a few forward thinkers who realized that keeping the average family happy would aid in stabilizing the governing. Sadly, that kind of thinking has been rare here or elsewhere in the world.