Rajasthan

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Jaipur

If you are planning to walk often, probably the best thing to have on your person (apart from water) is a compass, or a compass app on your phone; this is invaluable as it’s very easy to lose your bearings within the bazaars and backstreets of cities such as Jaipur and just knowing the general direction you’re heading in is beyond helpful. After meandering through the pink city I decided to tackle the 11km trek east to the Aravalli hills, which is home to the Amer and Jaigarh forts. If you do walk it you will no doubt pass by the Jal Mahal (water palace) which is worth a quick stop and a few photos; though if you do travel throughout Rajasthan you’ll find that the water palaces in Udaipur overshadow its beauty no end. Read More…


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Pushkar & Udaipur

Pushkar, to my surprise, was not quite the escape I’d hoped for, not in terms of peace and quiet anyway. The town, or more the lake that it surrounds, is a place for pilgrims of the Hindu persuasion. Here you will find many devout Hindus as well as a hoard of foreigners; the main street that winds itself around the lake is basically one large bazaar where you can find pretty much anything you need, from good food and drink (alcohol has to be ‘sourced’), to medical supplies and yak wool made ponchos; every time you stroll this street you will see something different. Read More…


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Jodhpur

The fort, visible from many miles away, is a towering authority over the city; its many ages of architectural styles clambering on top of each other out of a solid foundation of rock is a awe-inspiring sight. Out of the countless temples, palaces, and other forts I’ve seen throughout the sub-continent so far, this is without a doubt the most intimidating; I believe it’s only been defeated once in its lifetime and is one of the most enduring forts in India. This fort, with its high walls, impenetrably deep gates and yards, is brutal. I spent the best part of a day wandering around it and the nearby desert rock park (for which you have to pay, but I managed to climb the wall- no one stopped me). One thing of note here for film fans is that the fort and its exterior landscape were used in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ -though sadly, but unsurprisingly, the pit that is seen in the film doesn’t actually exist. Read More…


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Jaisalmer

Jaisalmer, the golden city of Rajasthan, and sadly my last stop in this great state, was somewhere I’d heard about many times from fellow travellers; the main attractions being the fort (yes, another one) and desert safaris. I left Jodhpur both excited and a little down; I knew that I’d have a good time in Jaisalmer, but I also knew it was my exit from Rajasthan which would then lead into my last few weeks in the sub continent. In fact, even while writing this (which, as you know, is around 3 weeks behind) I feel a little depressed at the fact that I’ll be leaving the country very soon; but lets not focus on that for now. Read More…