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Wonderful Travel Experience of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Rajasthan: A Photo Essay

Chitrangada loves to travel, explore places, meet people, understand their culture, food, traditions. It broadens the thinking,she believes.

‘Travel expands the mind, and fills the gap.’

—Sheda Savage.

‘Travelling—It makes you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller.’

—IBN BATTUTA

The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India—This is just a small portion of the enormous, majestic Fort

The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India—This is just a small portion of the enormous, majestic Fort

Well carved outer walls of the Mehrangarh Fort

Well carved outer walls of the Mehrangarh Fort

Amazing Trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The end of a calendar year is usually celebrated with family and friends. And most of us want to welcome the New year with the entire family, on a positive note. The joy of being together is enhanced, if we go on a vacation, to a familiar place or explore a new place.

Traveling, is not only educational, but it helps us with new enthusiasm and energy. It helps to de-stress and rejuvenate us.

This year, my family decided to welcome the New Year, among the majestic forts, magnificent palaces and the vast deserts of the Indian state of Rajasthan, and that too, via road trip.

Road trips with family is a wonderful and enriching experience. You have the flexibility of time and you are able to see all the remote places, all along on your way.

Entrance place, probably meant for the security guards.

Entrance place, probably meant for the security guards.

The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan is well preserved and is honoured by the UNESCO.

The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan is well preserved and is honoured by the UNESCO.

The Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

The Indian state of Rajasthan is the most popular tourist destination for Indians and foreigners alike. It may be because of the lifestyle of the local people, who still live and believe in the age old traditions and have well preserved their culture, in the fast changing World and the urbanisation all around, in general.

The Rajasthani people take great pride in showcasing their age old art, craft, folk music and dances, and in welcoming the guests.

Our first stop was at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort, built on a rugged cliff and located almost at the centre of Jodhpur.

Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Blue city’, because the roofs of the houses are painted blue. One of best maintained and well preserved Forts of India. It was an amazing experience to see the well preserved belongings of the Maharajahs or the kings and the Maharanis or the queens of those times.

The Fort gives special focus to the art, music and dances by the folk artists. At different locations, inside the Fort premises, one can find folk artists performing live.

There are many dedicated museums, inside the Fort, featuring the ancient artifacts of the Royal kingdoms. The museums have an impressive collection of the Royal memorabilia, their personal collection of precious stones, jewels, weapons, arms, paintings, thrones, turbans, Howdahs, palanquins and many other extraordinary articles of those times.



A large cooking vessel of the Royal times.

A large cooking vessel of the Royal times.

At the Fort terrace, the mighty looking Cannon.

At the Fort terrace, the mighty looking Cannon.

The Cannons at the Fort Terrace, overlooking the entire city.

The Cannons at the Fort Terrace, overlooking the entire city.

The row of Cannons at the Fort terrace, keeping a vigil and ready to protect from unwanted intruders.

The row of Cannons at the Fort terrace, keeping a vigil and ready to protect from unwanted intruders.

The belongings of the Royal kingdoms at display.

There were lifts available to reach to the top of the Fort, which was at a great height. But we preferred to walk through the well preserved paths of the Fort. In those times the elephants or the camels were used for this purpose.

The Fort museum has many segments, the portraits of the ancient Emperors, former Kings, Queens, their costumes, jewellery, weapons, coins, turbans, utensils etc. Details about each item is well explained through boards, in Hindi and English language.


The Queen’s Darbaar or the court room.

The Queen’s Darbaar or the court room.

The well painted ceilings of the Queen’s room. It’s called Meenakari art.

The well painted ceilings of the Queen’s room. It’s called Meenakari art.

The wall and the ceilings of the Queen’s chamber were beautiful and colourful.

The wall and the ceilings of the Queen’s chamber were beautiful and colourful.

The Jharokha or the window, from where the queen used to see the proceedings of the Royal court rooms. Since those were the times, when there was purdah system.

The Jharokha or the window, from where the queen used to see the proceedings of the Royal court rooms. Since those were the times, when there was purdah system.

Huge containers at the Fort

Huge containers at the Fort

The Queen’s Fort and some of the significant pictures.

In the earlier times of the Royal kingdoms, the Kings and the Queens had separate forts, and their helpers also lived in huge forts. The Queens also had important roles to play in the administration of the state, the social work and other management.

Some pictures from their extravagant and luxurious lives.

The Queen had separate baithaks, court room, temples, kitchen, dining room etc.

Some pictures to show their extraordinary lives.

The Royal Carriage: Another Beautiful Howdah.

The Royal Carriage: Another Beautiful Howdah.

The Royal Golden Palki or the palanquin

The Royal Golden Palki or the palanquin

The Royal Carriage or the Howdahs, which were placed on the back of an elephant or a camel for the Royals.

The Royal Carriage or the Howdahs, which were placed on the back of an elephant or a camel for the Royals.

There were many Howdahs, showcased in the museum.

There were many Howdahs, showcased in the museum.

The Royal Howdahs.

Those were the times, when animals such as horses, elephants, camels and others were used for traveling. Fine quality of wood, silver, gold and other such materials were used to make these Howdahs, meant for the Royal movement from one place to another.

There were so many of them. Some pictures of the Howdahs, showcased in the Fort museum.

Besides, many portraits of the Royals, and the significant details about their rule, the coins, costumes, jewellery are showcased in the Fort museum. They give a good idea of the Royal life in those times. Altogether it was a great learning experience.

The Ummaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

The Ummaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

The ceiling at the entrance of the Ummaid Bhavan Palace. You can see beautiful paintings.

The ceiling at the entrance of the Ummaid Bhavan Palace. You can see beautiful paintings.

Huge portraits of former Kings are lined up around the entrance hall of the Ummaid Bhavan Palace

Huge portraits of former Kings are lined up around the entrance hall of the Ummaid Bhavan Palace

The Ummaid Bhavan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Rapid modernisation by the turn of the 20th century, was taking place and it was not considered fashionable to live in the forts. It is then that the royal family built an opulent Palace for themselves, The Ummaid Bhavan. They moved from the Fort to this palace.

The elegant palace has preserved it’s share of the Royal memorabilia in the museum of the Ummaid Bhavan. The collection of the vintage cars, used by the Royals, is a treat to the eyes. The museum at the palace gives an idea of the extraordinary and extravagant lives of the Royals, whether their drawing room, dining room, libraries etc.

A section of the palace has been converted into a luxury hotel.

The Badabagh, built with yellow sandstone

The Badabagh, built with yellow sandstone

The Gadisar lake

The Gadisar lake

The huge gate or darwaza, towards the Gadisar lake, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The huge gate or darwaza, towards the Gadisar lake, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The Badabagh or the ’Chattris’

The Badabagh, which means the big garden, is an impressive and beautiful row of Cenotaphs. It is around 6 kilometers from the Jaisalmer city, and is accessible through the road.

One can find the gardens, tanks, pillars and dams. They are made of locally found yellow sandstones, and appear beautiful golden in colours.

The Cenotaphs are known as Chattris and have been constructed to honour the various royal kings and rulers, in their memory.

The Gadisar Lake:

The Gadisar lake was constructed before 1367 A.D. to preserve the rainwater and it provided water to the entire Jaisalmer town. Nowadays, the lake gets it’s water from a canal and fulfils the requirement of water in the town.

The artistically carved entrance gate to the lake is called Tilon ki pol.

All along the bank of the lake, one can find temples and shrines. Another attraction of the lake is, the many different species of migratory birds, in and around the lake.

The Sam Sand dunes, Thar deserts, Rajasthan

The Sam Sand dunes, Thar deserts, Rajasthan

The Sam Sand dunes, Thar deserts, Rajasthan

The Sam Sand dunes, Thar deserts, Rajasthan

The Camel Safari at the Sand dunes of the Thar deserts, Rajasthan, India

The Camel Safari at the Sand dunes of the Thar deserts, Rajasthan, India

The Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

The Jaisalmer Fort, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

Jaisalmer, The Golden City.

The Golden City, as it is popularly termed, Jaisalmer, is famous for it’s rustic beauty, golden looking Fort and houses.

The Jaisalmer Fort is constructed on a yellow sandstone ridge. The whole city looks golden and Sun kissed, due to the yellow colour of the sandstone. Especially, during Sunrise and Sunset, the view is breathtakingly beautiful.

The Thar Deserts, The Sand Dunes, The Camel Safari:

The Thar Deserts on the northwestern part of India, is also called as the Great Indian Desert. It is the 17th largest desert in the World and the 9th largest subtropical deserts. (References at the bottom).

It is spread across 77, 000 square miles, (200,000 square k.m.), and forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan.

We were mesmerised to see the SAM, Sand dunes of the Thar Deserts, rising abruptly high and low, with sandy plains, in between. There was sand everywhere, as far as the eyes could see.

The Mother Nature never fails to amaze us. It is full of beauty, in any form or colour, and watching the Sand dunes was indeed a lifetime experience.

The Camel Safari all along the Sand dunes is an unforgettable experience. The dessert view is celebrated with well organised folk music and dance festivals. The dessert camps can be pre-booked through travel sites to witness these extraordinary celebrations of culture and traditions.

Some useful references, if you are planning a Rajasthan trip

https://www.britannica.com/place/Thar-Desert

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thar_Desert

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaisalmer

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodhpur

https://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g304555-d8417132-Reviews-Rajasthan_Tour_Planner-Jaipur_Jaipur_District_Rajasthan.html

https://www.yatra.com/india-tour-packages/holidays-in-rajasthan

Best Tourist destinations in Rajasthan, Source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 03, 2020:

Thank you so much Marlene, for reading and appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked the brief description of my travel to Rajasthan. You are right that the royals had an extravagant lifestyle.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on October 01, 2020:

This was a fascinating article to read. I totally want to go there to see the exquisiteness of this place. I am especially interested in seeing the artwork on the ceilings. And, the gardens will be my favorite attraction. By the way, I can't imagine what it would have felt like to be carried in a royal carriage, but it must have been nice. What a fabulous lifestyle the kings, queens, and helpers must have lived.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 30, 2020:

Thank you Sowrabha, for your kind words of appreciation for this article. My family loves road trips, and as you know, in India, there are so many wonderful places to explore. I always believe that traveling is educational, especially for the children. These days we are missing going out. Just hope, things improve in the coming days, not only in India, but all around the world.

I am pleased to know, that you liked my pictures.

Thank you so much for your encouragement and support.

sowspeaks from Bengaluru on September 29, 2020:

Hi Chitrangadaji, we had planned a Rajasthan trip for this October which is now indefinitely postponed. So your article made me feel a lot better.

You have a great eye for pictures and I always enjoy your photos. Your travelogue took me on a vicarious trip which I enjoyed with my children.

Thanks for a brilliant hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 29, 2020:

Thank you Prithviraj, for reading the article and appreciating it.

I am glad that you liked the details of my Rajasthan trip and my photos. This was sometime back. Waiting everything to become normal, so that we can explore some wonderful places.

Thank you for commenting.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on September 29, 2020:

Interesting article on wonderful places in Rajasthan. Thanks for taking us on this amazing tour into the palaces. The photos are marvellous and I learnt a lot by reading the article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 27, 2020:

Thank you Rebecca, for reading the article and appreciating it.

Same thoughts here. It’s already more than six months, and nothing has changed much, as far as the travel is concerned.

Let’s hope for the best. Thank you and good day.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on September 27, 2020:

This is awesome, Chitrangada. (I hope we are allowed to leave the country someday!)

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 12, 2020:

Thank you Peggy, for coming back to this article. I am glad to read your comments. You are right, traveling in our own car is the safest way, these days.

Thank you once again.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2020:

Even though I have visited this post of yours previously, I felt like another virtual visit to these fantastic places that you so generously shared with us. That is the best and safest way to travel these days. Take care!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 21, 2020:

Thank you Thank you @lex123, for reading and appreciating the article.

Glad that you liked it. Hope you visit Rajasthan soon.

Appreciate your valuable comments. Thank you.

lex123 on February 21, 2020:

Beautiful article, authenticated with the relevant photographs and video!. Rajasthan is a State which I am eagerly looking forward to visiting. Hope before the end of this year I will be able to make it. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 05, 2020:

Thank you so much Harish Ji, for appreciating the article. I am glad that you found it informative and interesting.

From Delhi it’s very convenient to visit Rajasthan, by whatever travel mode, you prefer. You should make a plan to visit, some of the these beautiful places.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on February 05, 2020:

Wow ! Wonderful description of great tourist destinations of Rajasthan ! You brought alive everything before our eyes as if we ourselves would be travelling the lovely places and seeing all the equisite things.

Though so near to Delhi, I have not seen these beautiful tourist spots. After reading this fine article, I would sure visit the beautiful places of colorful Rajasthan. Thanks for sharing such a lovely hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on February 04, 2020:

Thank you Nyesha, for reading and commenting on this article. I am glad that you liked it and found the content interesting. Much appreciated.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on February 03, 2020:

This hub is so interesting and detailed with lovely photos. I appreciate it. Thanks for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2020:

Thank you so much MG Singh Ji, for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.

I am sure, you can relate to this, due to your military background. We, as civilians were really excited to see such places. That reminds me of the quote, which I came across, written on a milestone at Longewala war memorial, ‘What is a lifetime adventure for you, is a daily routine for us.’

I agree with you that much remains to be done, with regard to tourism.

Thank you for your insightful comments. Have a good day.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on January 27, 2020:

This is an area I have traveled extensively. Jaisalmer, Utarlai( Barmer) and Jodhpur have the biggest airbases of the IAF. I have spent almost 2 years in this region and its simply wonderful. However, I will add the exploitation of Tourism needs a lot of filip. One has to go to the UAE and see how they have transformed whatever little they have and the desert to a great tourism adventure. We in India hardly attract 1% of tourists despite having such wonderful monuments. Thank you for a nice article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2020:

Thank you so much Shaloo, for reading and appreciating the article.

Yes, we had an amazing experience. And, we did enjoy the authentic Rajasthani cuisine. Dal Bati, choorma, and gatte ki sabji is my favourite too. We had the opportunity to try some more traditional, interesting and delicious recipes, there.

Thank you for commenting. Much appreciated.

Shaloo Walia from India on January 27, 2020:

Lovely article...I am sure you had a great time! Did you try the Rajasthani cuisine I absolutely love the dal baati choorma and gatte ki sabji.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2020:

Thank you so much Nell, for your kind words of appreciation for the article.

I am glad that you liked the details of these wonderful places.

I would love to welcome you to India. But, I understand that there could be some compulsions.

Wishing you all the best and thanks for your support, always. Thank you so much.

Nell Rose from England on January 22, 2020:

How lovely! What a great trip! I wish I could visit. I tend to stay closer to home these days, purely because my family don't want to go abroad. But it's such a shame when there is so much beauty out there.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2020:

Thank you so much Peggy, for your wonderful thoughts.

I am really pleased to read your kind words of appreciation. Yes, it is indeed a great opportunity to be able to visit different places on our beautiful planet.

Each city of Rajasthan is amazing and has historical importance, and these two were no different.

You are right about the beautiful sight of the yellow stone monuments, looking stunning, during the dawn and dusk. Tourists, especially the photographers wait there, to get that heavenly beautiful capture.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Always a pleasure to hear from you and thank you for your support.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 21, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada, for virtually taking us along on your beautiful road trip to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. You are fortunate to live so near to those gorgeous destinations. What fun you must have had with your family! Your photos were like eye-candy to me. Such beauty! Those buildings made of yellow sandstone must be stunning to see at dawn and dusk, as beautiful as they are in the daylight. I will undoubtedly never get to see these amazing places in person, but now have an idea of what they look like thanks to you.

That video at the end is well-worth watching. Thanks for including it.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 20, 2020:

Thank you MsDora, for reading and appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked the details about this part of India.

Have a good day.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 20, 2020:

I love the quote by IBN BATTUTA. It is so true. Thanks for sharing the history, culture and natural elements surrounding this Indian treasure.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you so much Devika, for reading and appreciating the article. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

I am glad that you liked the details of the travel destination, of some parts of India.

Thanks for always encouraging me with your support.

Wish you a good day.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 16, 2020:

I thoroughly enjoyed this travel hub. India has beautiful places and you explained so well. I am not sure if I would ever visit India anytime soon hubs such as this one tells me what I need to know of such places. You shared an interesting and informative hub of India travels.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you GlenR, for reading the article and appreciating it.

I can understand that with age, travel to far off places, becomes very difficult. This is the reason for sharing these articles. I feel, I am more informed, by reading about the various places, which I may not have the opportunity to visit, even if I want to.

I would check, if I have the Rajasthani costume picture with me, then I will add it here.

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. Have a great day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Sukhdev Ji, for reading the article and commenting.

I am glad that you found it informative and interesting.

Thanks for your appreciation and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Linda, for your encouraging words and support.

I would love to welcome you in my country. But, I am happy to introduce you to some parts of India. Glad you liked the article and the pictures.

Thank you so much. Good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you so much Prantika, for your kind words of appreciation for the article.

As an Indian, you of course know about Rajasthan, and it’s popularity among the tourists.

There are so many amazing tourist places in India. I do travel a lot with family but there are so many wonderful places, which are still on my bucket list.

I would read your work soon.

Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. Thanks a lot.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you so much Lora Hollings, for your wonderful comments.

I am glad that you liked the information of this beautiful place and I would be glad if you could visit India.

Thank you for your generous words. Have a great day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you FlourishAnyway, for your kind visit and comments. Good to know that you liked this historical place and the information related to it.

Have a wonderful day. Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you so much John, for reading and appreciating the article.

Glad that you liked it and found the pictures and other details, interesting.

Thank you and good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Mary, for your kind comments.

Our holiday was for five days. From Delhi to Jodhpur, it’s a 11 hours drive and from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer it’s a 5 hours drive. We did take breaks in between. We had already decided, which places to see, how much time to spend there, where to stay. All bookings were done online. Google maps, weather conditions, and other details were kept in mind. Everything happened according to the plans, and we were happy that we could cover so many wonderful places, in the available time.

Thank you for your interest. Always a pleasure to read your comments. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Liz Westwood, for your kind words of appreciation for this article. I am glad that you liked it.

Thanks and good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Pamela, for reading and commenting on this article.

I am glad that you found it enjoyable. Yes, we had a wonderful time during our visit to some parts of Rajasthan. The life and times of the Royals always amazes me. How much the times have changed!

Thanks for always supporting and encouraging me, by your positive comments.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you Bill, for appreciating the article. Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Have a wonderful day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 16, 2020:

Thank you so much Manatita, for your generous words of appreciation for India.

You truly understand the ‘idea of India’ and the characteristics of the Indians. We do believe in the concept of, ‘Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam.’ It means that the whole World is one, like a family. We wish peace and happiness for all.

I am pleased to read your thoughts. Thank you so much for appreciating the article.

Glen Rix from UK on January 16, 2020:

This is a wonderful article. The quotation at the top is most appropriate. Thanks for sharing. It's a part of India that I feel drawn to, but doubt that I will get to see - partly due to age, partly inability to cope with heat, and growing awareness of the damage done by air travel (In the 60's I had a friend who, during uni vacs, hitchhiked to India!) I have always admired the traditional costumes that are worn in Ragasthan - do you have a pic you could add?

srsddn from Dehra Dun, India on January 16, 2020:

Both the places seem to be really wonderful. Beautiful pictures and nicely explained. Thanks for sharing, Chitrangada.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 15, 2020:

I would love to visit India, but I doubt whether I ever will. It's wonderful to read an article like this one and to look at the photos. Thank you for creating such an interesting report about your trip, Chitrangada.

Prantika Samanta from Kolkata, India on January 15, 2020:

A wonderful article, an amazing place, and stunning photos. Rajasthan is beautiful and historically significant. Read so many stories about the place, it's people, heroes, heroic deeds, and the desert. Jodhpur and Jaisalmer are one of my favorite places and I want to travel Rajasthan this year. Your article is informative and the photos lure me to visit the places. Road trips are always exciting. I have written a hub on my experience of traveling to Thimphu by road. You can read my experience there. Thank you for being our virtual guide.

Lora Hollings on January 15, 2020:

I don't know if I'll ever get there. But your beautiful pictures of Rajasthan and this amazing fort and palace and the beautiful city of Jaisalmer sure brought it to life in my mind! What a wonderful journey you've taken us on through these fascinating places in this exotic land! Awesome article, Chitrangada.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 15, 2020:

Such a stunning historic site that I would love to visit! You are so lucky to have this beautiful place to visit.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 15, 2020:

What a wonderful article highlighting your road trip to Rajasthan, Chitrangada. I enjoyed the account and the wonderful photos made one want to visit. Thanks for sharing.

Mary Wickison from Brazil on January 15, 2020:

It looks fascinating and well worth a visit. You seemed to have taken in many places, how long was your family holiday?

Liz Westwood from UK on January 15, 2020:

This is a beautifully illustrated article and a great travel guide.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 15, 2020:

It appears that you had a lovely trip to this area of India. I would love to make this visit. Your pictures are wonderful. I enjoyed reading about your all the sites you visited. I love learning about history. Thanks for telling us the details of your visit.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 15, 2020:

A lovely journey on this snowy morning.Thank you for warming me up.

manatita44 from london on January 15, 2020:

India , throughout history, stands on a par with China and Japan for excellence, beauty, charm and charisma. With its own unique gracefulness, of course. You demonstrate, in so many of your works, its stateliness and majesty and I truly appreciate this.

I have heard about Rajasthan and Jodhpur and their tapestry and palaces are amazing! But then I have been in love with India for some time. You suffered some 200 years of colonisation and yet the country is still innately beautiful, exquisite, elegant and full of wonder. Amazing!