Jodhpur and Udaipur

Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan and is known as “The Blue City” due to the blue painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. This Fort which sits atop a massive hill overlooking the city is the largest Fort in all of Rajasthan. Inside is the Maharajah’s Palace, several temples and a garden. The tile inside the palace was intricate and detailed, something we saw versions of all over Rajasthan but never tired of.

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Jaswant Thada, the Royal Crematorium in Jodhpur was made from white marble.

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En route from Jodhpur to Udaipur, we visited with the locals!

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A site worthy of a stop between Jodhpur and Udaipur is Ranakpur, home to one of the most famous Jain Temples in all of Rajasthan. It is constructed of white marble and has more than 1440 exquisitely carved columns in the interior, no two of which are alike.

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 Our last stop in Rajasthan was the city of Udaipur, known as “the Venice of the East.” It is also known for “The Lake Palace” on  Pichola Lake which has been converted to a luxury hotel.

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Udaipur was easy to explore. We started with a boat tour on the lake which took us to the Lake Palace. It is not uncommon to see local people using the lake for their main water source to wash their clothes in and bathe in.

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Then we explored the museums and gardens of the City Palace and the streets surrounding it with their many shops and restaurants. At the end of our stay in Udaipur, we reluctantly said goodbye to our able and trusty driver Balram, who had been with us continually from the time we first landed in Delhi. We were sad to say goodbye (and perhaps a little nervous!) but the distances we were traveling onward were too vast to go by car.

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