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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Still model of town planning Jaipur-the Pink City "I have seen Jaipur, and now I can That is how famed world traveller Max Lerner de- scribed his feelings alter see- ing UK beautiful Pink City of India. He went further: he named Jaipur with Venice and Paris as the three most beauti- ful cities in the world. With all of its principal build- ings constructed of local rose- piflk stone the "tone of the autumn Jaipur justifies his praise. truly JAIPUR LANDMARK The Hawa Mahal or "Palace of the Winds" is a landmark of Jaipur India's famous Pink City. The Palace faces one of rile main city streets and is delicate gossamer of carved marble screen, five storeys high, so constructed that the ladies of the royal court could observe the busy street beiow without being seen by out- siders.____________________________________________________. Sydney sewage sullies famed surfing beaches SYDNEY, Australia (Renter) The famous surfing beaches of Sydney, known the world over for their white sands and sparkling waves, are being sul- lied by enormous amounts of sewage dumped daily into the sea near the city. A team of microbiologists, who recently conducted a sur- vey of sewage pollution on the beaches, said some weather conditions c-aa bring sewage contamination in the surf to more than 90 times the "satis- factory" drinking level. And it is a rare surfer who doesn't gulp down a mouthful or two in the breakers. Prof. G. Cooper, professor of microbiology at the University of New South Wales, said such a high reading must be regarded as dangerous to health. If the sewage contained the excreta of a carrier of typhoid, dysentery, polio or infectious hepatitis, the health of the community would be endangered. CROWDS TAPEB OFF Winds, tides and currents vary the contamination, but Malabar, an eastern beach near the city's main sewage outlet to the sea, gaya the microbiolo- gists a massive reading of units of bacteria per millilitre of seawater. LAS VEGAS I Fly with us December 6, 1970 5 days of luxury jet Air Fare Accommodation All Meals Beverages and Cocktail Shows AH inclusive for only I vO from Calgary OPEN RETURN TICKET SUN-FUN HOLIDAYS CALGARY PHONE 262-3645 That particular bacteria was harmless in itself but indicated the presence of fecal matter. Test books say "safe" drinking water should contain no more than 100 units. But a Sydney Water Board spokesman said generally ac- cepted world standards set units as "safe" for bathing water and Sydney's beaches did not pose a risk for bathers. However, beachside store- keepers and surf officials at some popular spots have com- plained of a marked fall-off in beach crowds in recent years. They put the decline down to the public's increased aware- ness of pollution, since attend- ances at chlorinated swimming pools are booming. SAS hostess tvins contest The representative from SAS, a petite 23-year-old Dane, has won the third International Air Hostess Contest sponsored by Malev, the Hungarian Airline. Winner of the week long event was Inga Peed, in her third year as an SAS hostess. Only airlines serving Budapest, Hun- gary, were allowed to compete. Miss Feetz won in a field of 14 contestants. Jaipur is the capital of the State of Rajasthan along In- dia's western border. Set in the heart of the State, it is pic- uresquely encircled by rugged hills crowned with medieval fortresses, reminiscent of the days when the valiant Rajputs fought fierce battles to save their beloved land from in- vaders. In addition to being a del- icately beautiful city, Jaipur is one of the best planned cities in India and the world, When the Rajput ruler, Sawai Jai Singh (1699-1743) moved down from his mountain fortress, he determined to make the city which bears his name, Jai-pur (the city of Jai) as modem as possible. He studied the plans of some of the more important _ Eu- ropean cities and the principles of town planning set forth in the Shiipa Shastras, the ancient Hindu treatises on architec- ture, and developed a city which even now, 250 years later, is still considered a mod- el of town planning. The prin- ciple streets run the entire length of the city and are more than HO feet wide. At the in- tersections of main cross streets are open squares. Sec- ondary streets, which run at right angles to the main ones, are 55 feet wide. The entire city is enclosed by a crenallated masonry wall SO feet high and 10 feet thick. Fight gates open the city, with their facades also of the fa- mous pink stone. Even afer 250 years, the city retains much of its old charm and atmosphere. The streets of Jaipur offer a variety nf rich and interesting contrasts as the past and the present, the old and the new, meet. Colorfully dressed men and women from the rural areas, the proud and dignified Rajputs in their tradi- tional attire, and the city peo- ple in their Western clothes make Jaipur bazaars most pic- turesque. Modern automobiles compete on the streets with heavily laden camels bringing in produce from the country- side. If you arrive in Jaipur by train and enter the city through the imposing gateway nearby, the magnificent struc- ture at the far end of the ave- nue straight ahead is the City Palace. Going closer -you will see the intricate, minutely carved lace-like marblework which adorns the Palace. In- side the Palace today, a small textile and costume museum is located which showi rare trea- sures of Rajasthani and Indian textiles. Among the treasures is a brocade "worn cen- turies ago by Sawai Madho Singh I, studded with hundreds of pearls and emeralds. Once inside the City Palace, meander through the numer- ous courtyards and structures which comprise the Palace. The huge brass doors on these structures, rows of marble col- umns and the fine workman- ship in gold and jewels are reminiscent of the princely grandeur which once surround- ed the Palace, Today various areas of the Palace house an art museum with paint- ings exemplifying the finest' ot Mughal miniatures painted be- Uveen 1550 -and 1725; a library with manuscripts bearing the seals oi Mughal emperors; an armoury museum showing the history of weaponry in India. Also part of the City Palace compound is the Hawa Mahal or "Palace of the a landmark of. Jaipur. The Hawa Mahal faces one of the main streets of the city and its five storeys of overhanging win- dows are a delicate gossamer of carved marble screens. The building was not designed how- ever, only for its light, delicate beauty. It was so constructed that the ladies of the royal court could stand in the cool- ing western breezes coming through the screening, and ob- serve the busy street below being seen by without ever those outside. The evidence of Jai Singh's consuming interest In astron- omy can also be seen in the Palace compound. One of five observatories which he built and used to watch and record u.uw. the correct movements ofll7tli century, the Palace is an heavenly bodies still stands ns it did in the 18th century. For a commanding view of Jaipur and to see a not-lo-be- missed attraction in itself, the visitor should travel the seven miles northeast to Amber. Here, overlooking the city from ?top a lull is the fortress-pal- ace of Amber, Sawai Jai Singh's capital before Jaipur was built. The trip itself is worth the visit. The road to Amber passes numerous tem- ples and cenotaphs where an- cient royal personages are by beauU- ful gardens. Once at Amber's a rose-c o 1 o r e d granite road climbs steeply to (lie fort- palace compound proper. Here the visitor can sample one of the highlights of his trip: a ride op the steep grade on the back of a swaying elephant. Once up the hill and off the elephant, a tour of the Amber Palace is a must. Built in the More Fun For The Money 'Packaged Travel' Popular Friday, Novumbtr J7, THI IRHBRIDOt HERAID 25 36 offered Canadians who plan to tj ta Europe between April and De- cember, 1971 can take their choice of 3ti different "sea tours" offered next year by and 0 Lines, During this period, seven dif- ferent P and 0 liners mil sail from England on 36 different cruises to 50 port cities. There are special fare reduc- tions for passengers between 12 and 20 years of age who are traveling wilh both parents and fares start as low as tor a six-day cruise from Southamp- ton to Lisbon and Ceuta. There are five mini-cruises of six to eight days rath exciting new ports of call at A h t i g u a, Guadeloupe, Lanzartoeand Tangier. A total o! nine cruises are scheduled for the month of July alone. P and 0 will even supply a "Take a Chance" cruise for ya- who can't decide where they want to go. For a set fare passengers are booked on any one of a number of sail- ings. They are usually ad- vised five weeks in advance of their destination. exquisite specimen of Rajput architecture and contains many priceless artifacts and examples of the splendor of past civilizations. Among the many sights is Jai Mandir, a II a 11 delicately ornamented with thousands of tiny, inlaid mirrors. While in the Halls, note the ancient air-condition- marble cascade framed by perforated marble screens. Running water from a tank on the root Bowed down, the cas- cade, past tlie breeze which blew through the marble screens, and cooled the Palace in summer. Hotel accommodation to Jai- pur is first-rate, and includes the luxurious Eambagh Palace Hotel, formerly a maharaja's residence. Double occupancy of an air-conditioned room at the Hambagh Palace, all meals included is less than per day. Jaipur hotels are air-con- ditioned. T c n n i s, swimming and golf are provided or are nearby. Restaurants offer both Indian and western food. cruse aboard a sleek, continental cruise ship. Seven days cruising aboard Ihe popular Dalmalia or her spanking new sister ship, the The atmosphere aboard Ihese two ships is more like lhat of a cruise yacht lhan liner people are friendly, the crew courteous and Ihe food superb, On board you'll lind most of the facllllies offered by largest of liners: a swimming pool, sporls decks, night-club, and nighlly entertainment ill wilh tire same casual carefree atmosphere. i w re same casua During Ihe 7 day cruise which starts in the sun from Ihc island o! you'll visH 5 islands, islands rich in history and European heritage- Depending on which Itinerary you choose you'll visi! Curacao a lilllo bit of Holland in Ihe Caribbean _ __ it wint> very !hp smcf? island ot from Includes relurn Jel itinerary you choose you ll visit uuracao a PH ui nuuanu m Trinidad... a mailing pot of many people... very British Barbados Ihe spice islsnd ot Grenada and Martinique so Seven fabulous days in Ihe swn tor air fare. If you have two weeks for the sun stop over at the fabulous Holiday Inn In Antigua on your way home, wilh no addiiional air fare to pay. Six nighls al mis luxury holiday rcsorl, cost Including meals. (Price per person sharing twin Ask for (he free colour star Cruise brochure. LAWSON TRAVEL LTD. OFFICES COAST.TO-COAST MARQUIS HOTEL BLOC., IEVHBRIDGE Phoiw 327-4094 or 321-3000 Lots of wintertime sunshine and action in a balmy land, tours, quality hotels, a relaxing flight with plenty of food and drink: put it all together and you've got quite a holiday pack- age. And that's what Fun Seek- ers International Ltd. offers. More and more Canadians are looking to the "packaged travel" plans total vacations at set prices ottering economy, moderate and deluxe holidays. Fun Seekers, now in its third year of operation, is a leader in this burgeoning business. Fun Seekers' aim is to pro- vide high quality winter vaca- tions to Canadian public at an economic price. In short: more fun for the money. And the pubic is responding in ever-increasing numbers, from on 28 flights in 1968-69 to over in 1969-70, and an estimated on 69 time the plane takes off Jris year. until the traveller finds himself year. In actuality, Fun Seekers serves as a travel wholesaler, putting together holiday pack- ages and marketing them through travel agents across the country. The company con- centrates on organization and service, with travel agents handling retail sales exclusive- ly. Tour operator for the holi- days in Travacon Tours, with beard office in Calgary. For this season, Fun Seekers are offering a variety of. vaca- tion plans in Hawaii and Mexi- co. They have offices in both Honolulu and Acapulco as well as Canadian offices in Van- couver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto and Mon- treal. On a Fun Seekers holiday, the accent is on service, from rack home. Details such as luj- jago handling and transporta- ion to and from airports are :aken care of automatically. A imited number of side tours, >each. parties, yacht cruises and the like are featured as well, although the Fun Seekers philosophy is to allow holiday- ers a great deal of freedom to discover their own kind of fun and relaxation. The company maintains a Canadian as well as native staff in each country provide advice and assist- ance to the holidays. All Fun Seekers vacationers are flown to and from their winter holiday by Wardair, Can- ada's largest charter airline service. Yuletide special for Irish visitors DUBLIN Christmas Is a a gay seasonal round of festW- very special holiday time in Ireland, where the spiritual blends with the sentimental in Make bookings by computer for Irisli visit DDBLIN Visitors to Ire- land next year will be able to book all accommod a t i o ri by computer. The service will be introduced in December and be fully operational by the begin- ning of next summer. Under Sie system being intro- duced by the Irish Tourist Board, a complete range of ac- commodation, event u a 11 y ex- tending to guest houses and farmhouses, mil be linked to a computer reservations network sales offices in Canada, the United States, and Britain; and plans are underway to extend the system to continental Eur- ope. At the beginning the system will cater for accommodation, but other tourist facilities such as car hire will be incorporated later. BABES IN TOYLAND ssem like gianis in the land of lilliput. Children are viewing a model cily in Holland. town hai running streetcars, tailing ships, Ayrdwi all In ties specially laid on for the vis- itor. All major hotels, and some of the smaller ones too, organize special Christina: parties for guests. Such parties are actually weekend holidays at specially reduced all-in rates. A typical Christmas weekend would include (together with all the Christmas food and fiat) a day at the races, film shows, a night out at the theatre, golf- ing, and in some hotels indoor swimming. Prices range from less than up, all in, for three days with1 one-third off for children under 10. Details of some of these Christmas programs are listed in "Christmas Programs in Ireland, 1970" issued by the Irish Tourist Board, which in Canada maintains offices at King Street East, Toronto, and 2100 Drummond Street, Mon- treal. ONCE BANNED Liquor made from die sap of a Bermuda palm tree is so in- toxicating that the government once banned its use. Stiff pen- alties were promised by a form- er governor o! the island for anyone caught making a drink called "bibby." manager New travel bureau The Alberta Government Tra- vel Bureau has a new director, Douglas G. Evans, of Edmon- ton. Bom in Calgary, he received his early education in that city. He attended the Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, grad- uating with a degree in journal- ism. For the past two and a half years he has been mana- ger advertising and public relations of the Edmonton Ex- hibition Board. Mr. Evans will commence his new duties with the AJberta Government on December 1st, 1970. GO FUHSEEKERS TO HAWAII.. 13 NIGHTS From........ ICAIGARY) Weekly Sunday Departures Commemeing December 20th! Non-Stop Direcl Jet Service Guaranteed Accommodation in Hawaii Aloha Welcome Baggage Transfers-Hawoiion Borbecus Beach Party Furv Seeksrs Howaii Hosts and much, much more! BOOK NOW Phone 328-7921 or 328-1771 ALL INQUIRIES WEtCOMEl A.M.A. World Travel Service Offiu open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 903 3rd Ave. S. IETHBRIDGE FREi PARKING AT REAR OF BUIIDINO Finally. A ski resort Jor; non-skiers to A ski resort is only for skiing. Period. Banff Springs on the other hand is a winter resort. Which means the non-skier can have just as much fun as the skier. You can swim. Snowmobile. Relax. Skate. Dance. Eat. Drink. And be merry. l( you're for winter, Banff Springs is for you. Ask your travel agent or CP Hotels Reservation Office for our colourful new brochure. BdffSPRINGS HOTEL. BANFF. I CP ;