• Jodhpur, the blue city
  • Jaisalmer – the golden city
  • Temple of Rats

Jodhpur, the blue city

January 20, 2018

Back from the desert, the landscape gets greener again, and more hilly. Mehrangarh, Jodhpur‘s impenetrable looking fort was built in 1808 and is a very impressive sight, with some great view points surrounding it. From there, we walk through the narrow alleys of the blue city. Traditionally, only Brahmin were allowed to paint their houses […]

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Jaisalmer – the golden city

January 9, 2018

Jaisalmer is so far our favorite city in Rajasthan. Founded in 1156, it’s the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, prospering from its strategic position along the silk route. Today the city’s economy is built on tourism and huge military camps, due to the close proximity to the Pakistani border. The fort and surrounding town are […]

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Temple of Rats

January 8, 2018

It‘s a long drive from Jaipur to Jaisalmer, so we stop overnight in Bikaner, to visit the Bikaner Fort and the Temple of Rats. That one is special. The story is that a local lady living there in the 14th century lost her son in a drowning accident. She then decreed that all members of […]

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Jaipur – the pink city

January 7, 2018

In 1876, the Maharaja of Jaipur had the city painted pink, traditionally the color of hospitality, to welcome the Prince of Wales. Today, the inhabitants of the old city are still obliged to preserve the pink facades of their houses and shops. After a forced ride up to the fort on elephant back, we get […]

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Ranthambhore, searching for tigers

January 6, 2018

For the wildlife part of our tour, we visit the wetlands in Keoladeo Ghana N.P. on a trishaw tour to look for its many birds and Ranthambhore in a 20-seat open truck for a chance to spot one of the 50 plus tigers in the park. Unfortunately we don‘t, we only get to see tiger […]

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Agra – city of love

January 4, 2018

When Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved third wife of mogul Shah Jahan died giving birth to his 14th child in 1631, Shah Jahan decided to respect her last wish to be buried below white marble. Going all the way, over the next 22 years he built the Taj Mahal, with 20’000 workers involved, many of them […]

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