19.01.2014 - 27.01.2014
Hello from Rajasthan!
So to continue where we left off with our blog ... We left our tour group in New Delhi with our sights on touring the state of Rajasthan. We ended up hiring a car & driver to take us around for two weeks as it seemed like the easiest way for us to get around & get to all the spots we wanted to see.
We did spend a day touring New Delhi with some of the people from our tour group, we went to the Gandhi museum & where he was shot and then dove into the craziness of old Dehli. The next morning we met up with Veenu, our driver, and we were on our way.
At this point we had been in India for over a week and were wondering how it got this reputation for being hot. We'd had rain, hail, fog and lots of cool weather, good thing we still have a few warm things from our everest base camp trek! The cold weather also prompted us to think of warm sandy beaches so we've booked a plane ticket to take us from New Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram (also known as Trivandrum) on the southern end of the state of Kerala... So our plan is to head south on Feb 3rd.
Rajasthan literally means "land of the kings" and it is full of the palaces and forts to prove it. Our first stop was the Pink city of Jaipur. We ended up staying just outside the city in Amer and we had a great view of the Amber Palace from our hotel. We decided to arrive like kings to visit the palace so took an elephant ride up. We also visited some of the other sites in Jaipur
Next we stopped in the laid back town of Pushkar. It is centred around a holy lake and has a hippy tourist vibe.
From Pushkar it was on to Udaipur, what a pretty city! On the drive from Pushkar there was an amazing amount of marble - huge chunks on trucks and miles of shop yards selling it in all forms, now we get why everything here is made of marble!
The city palace in Udaipur was closed to tourists the first day we were there because a prince was getting married ... He forgot our invitations so we had to wait until the next day to tour around.
We are currently in Jodhpur (the blue city) and it has been really nice and warm here . Photos from here later.