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Asia » India » Rajasthan April 23rd 2015

We really saved the best til last with our final destination in Rajasthan, the city of Udaipur. Rather than a fort as the centrepiece of Udiapur, the city palace is its main attraction. it was built over a period of 400 years and served as the home for many kings who expanded it into a massive complex. unlike the forts which are distributed throughout rajasthan, the city palace was a thing of beauty both inside and out. the palace is perfectly situated next to a stunning lake and no expense had been spared with the fine detailing and use of lavish materials throughout. The rooms inside the palace were a varied showcase of hand crafted marble work, stained glass windows, mirrored rooms and lavish paintings. The palace is in great condition thoughout whereas some areas of ... read more
Ceiling art
City palace paintwork
Udaipur mirror room

Asia » India » Rajasthan April 22nd 2015

Still wihin the state of Rajasthan is Jodhpur (the blue city) the main attraction here, guess what, a fort. Arriving late at night, passing Mr Masood from eastenders on the way (It was definitely him), we had dinner on the rooftop of the guesthouse. The view was the highlight of the guesthouse here as it boasted a stunning view of both the fort and another point of interest which were both lit up and dominated the skyline to one side. On the otherside there wasn't much in the way of impressive structures but in the distance there was a firework display and having a 360 view of the town of Jodhpur was an unexpected delight. The room itself was rather pokie, to be polite, and the bathroom/ closet with both shower and toilet left a lot ... read more
Inside the fort
Maharaja audience room
Mirror room

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jodhpur April 17th 2015

I woke up the next morning still feeling off colour and decided to not tour Jodhpur with Brandon and Tayla. I decided some time in bed might do me good. I had breakfast on the roof, admiring the view of theBlueCity in the distance before retreating to the comfort of my bed for the day. I was still feeling quite homesick, but started freaking out about my change of heart the night before when I booked flights to go home early, and after deciding I could do this solo travel thing, I changed my flights back to a later date (another $150 down the drain)! I was feeling quite anxious and full of indecision but put it down to being off-colour. When Tayla and Brandon got back to the guesthouse late that afternoon they told me ... read more
Udaipur
The Whistling Teal.. Loved this place
My puncture wound

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaisalmer April 14th 2015

After a epic overnight train journey to the middle of the desert, we arrived in Jaisalmer. When we arrived our driver was no where to be seen. A tuk tuk driver stated he would take us and we made sure he knew we already had a room booked, but the minute we got into his tuk tuk it was the hard sell to just ‘come look at my guesthouse’. No matter how many times we told him we already had booked a room he was insistent we go with him. I phoned our guesthouse from the tuk tuk and when we arrived at the Fort a staff member was waiting for us. He gave the tuk tuk driver a full mouthful and I thought they were going to have a punchup! Jaisalmer is nicknamed the “GoldenCity” ... read more
Relaxing at our guesthouse overlooking the city from inside the Fort
View from our room
Indian life in Jaisalmer

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur April 13th 2015

The next few destinations in India were all in the state of Rajasthan, both me and Laila had them on our to do (Fortunately my do to list was rather unstructured/ not organised at all) and she was kind enough to let me accompany her. Rajasthan itself had a different feel to both Delhi and Agra, many people seemed friendlier and despite still being a highly populated area wasn't quite as busy as Agra and certainly not as hectic as Delhi. The guest house was a big improvement on the last in both cleanliness and size and the room had much more attractive décor. Initially the concept of natural light entering the room seemed like a bonus but with windows comes noise and India isn't the most serene place in the world. Jaipur (the pink city, ... read more
Amber fort from top of hill
Crazy Stairs
Fort courtyard (with man, probably French)

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 30th 2015

From Jodhpur I took an early train towards Jaipur, another interesting city in Rajasthan, the state of the forts and palaces! I booked a seat in a “sleeper-class” which wasn’t too bad. I booked the train at the station three days in advance since the trains are often fully booked in India. While standing in the line at the counter, many Indians just walk in front of you instead of standing behind you and waiting for their turn in the line. I’ve encountered this more often and I started to be very serious about it and there is no way I let them jump in front of me. One time I had to push a guy away a little bit when he tried to approach the counter from the side. Same problem goes for the trains, ... read more
Bengal tiger at Ranthambore National Park
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Udaipur March 18th 2015

After about 16 hours in the sleeper-bus I finally reached Udaipurin the state of Rajasthan, the state of palaces, forts and Royals! Udaipur is home to about half a million people and I stayed in the old city which lies at the shores of Lake Pichola. I was very tired after my arrival in the morning, so I checked in and had a long nap. I woke up in the afternoon and went for a walk in the area immediately around my guesthouse. I went first to take a look at Gangaur Ghat (Ghats are staircases down the water) and had my first view of Lake Pichola. I crossed a bridge and wandered around the other side of town and then I came back and went to the Jagdish Temple, dedicated to a Hindu god called ... read more
"Blue City", Jodhpur.
Holi celebration in Udaipur
Sunset above Lake Pichola, Udaipur

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 4th 2015

I wish I could say I woke up refreshed, unfortunately I woke up groggy, Just before 3am. Despite wearing ear plugs, Molly Browns snoring thundered around the room. After about half an hour and no sign of letting up, I got up and gently tapped her back. 'Pearl, I'm really sorry but your snoring is so loud' I said. I'm on my side she replied. Don't you have earplugs? I told her that yes I did have earplugs and I was wearing them, but could still hear her snoring as it is really loud. I got back into bed and after about half an hour, slowly started to drift back to sleep when ZZZZZZZZZ the snoring started again. I put my iPod on thinking a bit of low music may drown it out, but about 3 ... read more
Indian Elephant
Looking up towards Amber fort
Oommmmmm! Amber Fort

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur March 4th 2015

Shakira woke me at about 0715-she had been up and about for hours. I'd set my alarm for 0645, but had slept through it-that and all the horns, I must of been tired. As I'd not unpacked much, there was little to do apart from wash and change and head downstairs for breakfast. I didn't really fancy curry or anything else lined up on the buffet table. I don't know if I'd been reading too much into avoiding Delhi belly, but I'd read to stay away from food that had been left out or reheated, and apply the rule only eat if it can be boiled cooked or peeled. With that in mind I picked out a couple of bananas and put them in my bag for later on. Leaving the hotel, I can only liken ... read more
Dodge to the toll booth
Lunch-that's more like it
Bedroom at Bissau

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Nathdwara March 1st 2015

The pitter-patter of bare feet shuffle along its timeworn cobblestones honoring a time old tradition. The muffled whispers of devotees echoes through its dimly lit alleys and passageways. A freezing December fog filters through streets casting giant dancing mythical shadows on its antique walls. Sleepy red-eyed vendors lethargically fill the air with aromatic teas and cookeries. The quiet market square is hypnotically transformed into a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds and aromas. This is Nathdwara; the home of Shrinathji. Nathdwara sits on the Avaralli Hills about 30 miles northeast from Udaipur on Highway 8. The small desert town is a popular pilgrimage destination to many Krishna devotees who believe that by doing ... read more
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