Amber Fort

While we were visiting Jaipur my friend Emma and I decided to take a morning trip to Amber, just outside of the city to wander through the Amber Fort. We grabbed an early morning tuk tuk and arrived to the village of Amber just in time for a warm India breakfast in a locals spot - no sign on the door, just the scent of spices cooking and bread being turned. 

We opted to walk to the top of the fort, however many tourists jump aboard a heavily painted elephant and process to the top of the hill. While we walked our way up we were passed by many colorful animals and excited tourists traveling through India. 

We walked around for the fort for several hours, turning this way and that way until we made it to the top of the fort structure which allowed up stunning views of Jaipur and the surrounds! 

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Amber Fort Jaipur
Amber Fort Jaipur
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Amber Fort Jaipur

Jaipur

Jaipur is the largest city and capital of the Rajasthan region in India. While we stayed on the outskirts of the city center we could still feel a sense of the hustle and bustle in Jaipur. Motorbikes, tuk tuks and bicycles zoomed around us as we explored the Old Quarter and chatted with locals selling their goods on the sidewalks. Jaipur is known as the 'Pink City' - many of the buildings in the Old Quarter were painted a shade of Pink to welcome guests visiting Jaipur! 

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Pushkar Lakeside

Hindu's travel far and wide to visit Pushkar Lake in Rajasthan India and upon arrival you can feel a sense of holiness and peace on the lakefront. Visitors spend their time amongst the 52 bathing ghats where pilgrims come to the lake to take dips and bathe in the holy water for they believe this cleanses them of their sins. We spend the afternoon strolling along the lakefront meeting locals, visitors and taking in all the sights to see during our time in Pushkar. 

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Pushkar

After an early morning train ride from Udaipur we arrived into the Hindu Holy town of Pushkar. We dropped our bags and had an enormous lunch of mixed curries and nan bread before heading off on a walk into the town of Pushkar. Pushkar boarders the Thar Desert in the state of Rajasthan and the town is set against Pushkar Lake, a very holy space where Hindus travel to bathe and worship. The town is filled with color, unique scents, and Indians from all across India who come to visit the holy lake. 

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Getting to know Udaipur

We had a few days to put our backpacks down and really get to know the old city of Udaipur. We spent our time relaxing on rooftop patios, eating the local cuisine, and getting lost in the old city. We even found ourselves sitting amongst a handful of locals in their temple listening to chants and song one evening. Udaipur is full of beauty at every turn. 

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Udaipur

Udaipur was one of my favorite places in Northern India. Set around a stunning lake, the old city twists and turns creating a labyrinth of streets to wander and get lost while sipping on local chai or trying on handmade leather shoes. Many of the hotels and restaurants enhance the views of the lake by creating beautiful cut out spaces to sit and enjoy the atmosphere. 

On the first evening in Udaipur we hopped on board a small water taxi and cruised around the lake. We even circled some of the famous high end hotels and resorts that are located in the middle of the lake. 

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Outskirts of Jodhpur

On our second day in Jodhpur we took off road jeeps into the country side of Jodhpur to visit a few local families and learn about their culture and trade. Our first stop was a tiny family home where the grandparents lived with their children and grandchildren. The grandmother and daughter served us homemade hot chai while the grandfather showed us how to properly wrap a head turban. Next we ventured to a local handspan pottery designer followed by a beautiful rug manufacturing family in the middle of nowhere India! 

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Jodhpur

We arrived into Jodhpur via the six hour train ride from Jaisalmer and hopped right into a tuk tuk to remove ourselves from the chaos of the train station. We arrived to a quaint bed and breakfast just outside of town and away from the hustle and bustle of Jodhpur's city center. 

After setteling in and having a home cooked curry meal (complete with egg curry - yum!) we headed to the Mehrangarh Fort to explore the massive compound for an hour or two. We walked down from the Fort into the 'blue' city where buildings are built one after the other and painting with a lovely blue wash. 

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Goodbye Jaisalmer

We returned from our Thar Desert Camel Safari with one full day left to explore Jaisalmer and scarf up a large thali plate before headed to Jodhpur for a few days. My mom and a few new friends explored the area outside of the fort by foot making our way to the man-made lake by dodging cows, children playing, and motorcycle zooming past. 

I really enjoyed by time in Jaisalmer - it is a beautiful location closer to the Pakistan border and it made for a great first stop outside of Delhi. 

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