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Traveling to Jaipur and My First Bollywood Movie

It was a little strange to go out sightseeing and then return back to our hotel for breakfast, but since we left to see the Taj Mahal at 5am, that’s what we had to do. After enjoying a very filling breakfast in the same restaurant, Taj Bano, that we’d eaten in the evening before, we headed back to our rooms to pack up. We would be traveling to Jaipur today!

Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie

If you’ve been following along on my India journey, we started out in Mumbai in the state of Maharashtra. Then we headed to New Delhi which is located in the state of Delhi. Our next stop was Agra in Uttar Pradesh. And now we were about to be driven in our tour bus to Jaipur, located in the state of Rajasthan. (I love trying to say all those names out loud!)

It only took about six hours of driving to reach Jaipur, stopping just once for a bathroom break where I saw a rat the size of a large house cat scamper across the floor when I opened the door. (I still used the bathroom knowing the rat was in there. Desperate times, you know.)

We stayed at the Marriott in Jaipur where, once again, we had an exceptionally beautiful and comfortable room. My mom and dad’s room also had an extra living room attached to it which made the perfect place for all of us to gather together. Before we left for India, I had nightmares about staying in places where I had to squat over a hole in the ground to use the restroom. The crazy part is, I would have done it just for the opportunity to see India. But thankfully, my dad has excellent taste in hotels and I didn’t have to.

Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie

Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie

One huge bonus to staying at the Marriott was that they offered high tea every day for free. This meant we were able to enjoy a breakfast buffet AND dinner for free while we were staying in Jaipur. So after we got settled into our rooms, we went down to the casual dining cafe at the hotel and ordered sandwiches, tea, and a dessert. I had green tea, one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had, and a piece of chocolate cake that will forever be imprinted in my brain.

Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie

After dinner, our plan for the evening was to see our very first Bollywood movie! When we lived in Singapore, our TV picked up an Indian channel and occasionally I’d watch the Indian soap operas even though they were in Hindi. (I was a weird child.) So you can understand my excitement when I realized I was about to see an actual Hindi movie in India! No matter that I can’t understand the language and there are no subtitles…

Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie

Traveling To Jaipur & My First Bollywood Movie

Going to the theater is an extremely popular pastime, so we had to order tickets in advance to ensure we’d get seats together. The movie we picked to see was a comedy called Rowdy Rathore. We got to the movie early and were standing around in the ultra crowded lobby when I felt my high tea begin bubbling up in my stomach. Before too long, it was of utmost importance that I make it to a toilet pronto. We found the bathrooms, the only bathrooms, and I quickly discovered my best option was not your average, everyday, flushable toilet. It was a bowl, with a rim, and lots and lots of other people’s business already in it. Like a stationery porta-potty from hell. And I had no choice but to use it. I stuffed the wet wipes my mom had given me into my nose and mouth to keep from gagging, and decided right then and there that I wouldn’t be eating for the rest of the trip if this was what I had to look forward to. Luckily, I made it out with only minimal psychological damage.

After that event, the rest of the evening turned out to be a blast! The movie we saw was three hours long with an intermission in the middle. Until the intermission, I was following the plot line unusually well considering there were no subtitles, and was loving the movie. After the intermission, I felt like we began watching a completely different movie with the same actors. The plot switched from a comedic love story to an action, crime fighting caper in the second half. Despite our confusion, we all left saying it was completely worth the three hours just for the experience alone. Unlike movie theaters in the US, silence is not something you’ll find in a theater in India. I have never seen a more enthusiastic crowd of people watching a movie. Shouting, dancing, whistling – it’s all a part of the theater experience here. If Bollywood movies are this fun in the theater, I can only imagine how exciting a live Bollywood performance must be!

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  • Reply
    Kerry
    September 13, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    LOL they probably enjoyed it so much because it was in their language!!

    Geez it certainly is crowded lol and oh my lord…if that had of been me with my germ phobia, I don’t think I could’ve gone :( To the toilet that is lol, I did chuckle when you spoke of the wet wipes hehehe you are too funny!!

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    Mercy Langille
    September 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Did you get a chance at a squat toilet? :P Those things can be tricky, especially on a train.

    I haven’t seen that movie but it is a new one. I prefer subtitles but yes, I have watched many a Hindi movie without subtitles and followed it quite well.

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    Mrs. Match
    September 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Wow, that’s quite the crowd for a movie! But it sounds like it’d be fun!
    Oh you poor thing! Tummy troubles and a dirty bathroom = horrible!

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    Alyx
    September 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    You guys definitely hit the jackpot with hotels!!
    Is that seriously a movie theater?! HOLY COW, so many people!!

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    stephanie
    September 7, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    that chcoolate cake looks to die for! I had to get up and get some cocoa roasted almonds for a sweet treat after seeing that deliciousness!! and omg the bathroom? GAG! I would have DIED

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    Emmymom
    September 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Sorry about the the high tea! That bathroom sounds horrible!

    But the movie does sound like fun, it would be fun just to watch the crowd. Loving all these posts still- so funny/awesome how different and the same life really is all over the world.

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    Nicole
    September 7, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    I suddenly having a craving for chocolate cake…

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    Jenn Bowers
    September 7, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    I totally couldn’t get past the whole toilet drama. YIKES! That is nasty and I probably would have vomited and possibly made a terrible mess of myself from the shock of it all. LOL!

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    Connie Weiss
    September 7, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    What the heck kind of toilet is that?????

    I love bollywood music!

  • Reply
    Macey
    September 7, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Now I wanna go see a Bollywood movie. Only if I have that cake with it!

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    Rachel @ MyNaturallyFrugalFamily
    September 7, 2012 at 3:32 AM

    Everywhere seems to be packed with people with the hotel being your only refuge for some space.

    How many hotels total did you sleep in by the trips end? It seems you all are quite gypsy like with you movements.

    The trip is still very interesting thanks so much for continuing to post it.

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    Natalie
    September 7, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Wow you weren’t lying that movie theater was packed! And that hotel was awesome! And sorry about the yucky bathroom experience ugh!

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