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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.
The exact spot where Gandhi was shot

The exact spot where Gandhi was shot

Gandhi statue

Gandhi statue

Making samosas in old Dehli

Making samosas in old Dehli

Spice market in old Delhi

Spice market in old Delhi

Spice market in Old Delhi

Spice market in Old Delhi

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
Amber Palace at night

Amber Palace at night

Elephant walking by our hotel in Amer

Elephant walking by our hotel in Amer

Jantar Mantar - an observatory built in 1728

Jantar Mantar - an observatory built in 1728

View from Hawa Mahal in Jaipur (the Pink City)

View from Hawa Mahal in Jaipur (the Pink City)

Largest canon in Asia at jaigarh fort

Largest canon in Asia at jaigarh fort

Riding the elephant up to Amber Palace

Riding the elephant up to Amber Palace

Next we stopped in the laid back town of Pushkar. It is centred around a holy lake and has a hippy tourist vibe.
Pushkar

Pushkar

Enjoying the balcony off our room in Pushkar

Enjoying the balcony off our room in Pushkar

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!
Marble on the back of a truck when we were driving from Pushkar to Udaipur

Marble on the back of a truck when we were driving from Pushkar to Udaipur

Marble everywhere along the highway from Pushkar to Udaipur

Marble everywhere along the highway from Pushkar to Udaipur

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.
Elephant nail art

Elephant nail art

Our First view of Pichola Lake in Udaipur

Our First view of Pichola Lake in Udaipur

At the city palace in Udaipur

At the city palace in Udaipur

Door art - around many doors on Udaipur

Door art - around many doors on Udaipur

City Palace Udaipur

City Palace Udaipur

Lake palace / hotel in Udaipur

Lake palace / hotel in Udaipur

Evan paid the lady 10 rupees ($.20) to feed the cows

Evan paid the lady 10 rupees ($.20) to feed the cows

Rajasthan cultural show - yes she danced on glass with 10 containers on her head!

Rajasthan cultural show - yes she danced on glass with 10 containers on her head!

Selfie at a coffee shop in Udaipur

Selfie at a coffee shop in Udaipur

We are currently in Jodhpur (the blue city) and it has been really nice and warm here :). Photos from here later.

Posted by Evanda 07:59 Archived in India Tagged india jaipur udaipur rajasthan pushkar new_delhi

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Wow! you guys are definitely not in Kansas! Beautiful pictures. The spice market looked amazing! and I will not complain about my kitchen again. Love, Hugs, and puppy Kisses

by MarnDi

Wow, wow and more wow. I want o go to India more then ever now. I think Davin could dance on glass as well. ;)
Love seeing your pictures and reading your updates. So jealous!!

by Michelle

What a great update of your travels.. and.. the photos really bring everything to life... We love following along with all your adventures (and you've certainly had plenty of these!).. What an amazingly diverse country that is, and you're certainly making the most of your unique experience... We're wondering whether you might be feeling somewhat 'saddle sore,' as you climb down from your camels today after your trek?... Perhaps you'll need those days at Thiruvanthapuram to recuperate?...

Thanks for sharing your fascinating travels,
Much Love,
Guy & Jen...

by Guy & Jenny

Looks like you guys are having a great time...neat pics...love from Zane Norri and Zavanah (or Zana as she is fond of when talking about herself in the third person which seems to be quite a bit these days...lol) She likes to tell us stories about Zana and her two friends Jake and other Jakie which she still has a firm and unwavering attachment to!
Safe travels you two!

by Zane Turvey

Fabulous pictures and that's probably the only way we'll ever see India! Thanks for sharing and yes! I'll copy Zane's remark - "Safe travels you two!"
Cheryl and Kevin

by Cheryl Lumley

Hi Guys,Guy sent us the link to keep us abreast of your adventure giving me my first Facebook experience.
What a great experience you must be having. When you go tripping you don't do it by half measure.
Amazing architecture, an old culture for sure.
Can't wait for you to do a New Zealand trip, you will have a ball displaying our Maori culture on face book...you do such a good job, can't wait for the next chapter. Travel safely

Love Emile & Susan

by Emile Coory

HI Manda and Evan... wonderful that Mum and Dad have included us with your blogs, news & pics..What a wonderful time you are having and so exciting to follow it with you from time to time.
You both look amazing and glowing with the joy of your travels. Thanks for sharing with us via Mum and Dad.. We have only been into Mumbai for a two day stay and not sure if we will even do more but super to enjoy your travels.. continue and happy travels.. Love to you both Lin and Kev xx

by Lindsey & Keven Grogan

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