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
Making samosas in old Dehli
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
Elephant walking by our hotel in Amer
Jantar Mantar - an observatory built in 1728
View from Hawa Mahal in Jaipur (the Pink City)
Largest canon in Asia at jaigarh fort
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.
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 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
Our First view of Pichola Lake in Udaipur
At the city palace in Udaipur
Door art - around many doors on Udaipur
City Palace Udaipur
Lake palace / hotel in Udaipur
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!
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.