The last several days of my trip were spent traveling by car with our driver Raj, from Agra, to Jaipur, where we stayed, then on to Udaipur, our last two days of the adventure. Jaipur is known for silver jewelry, with shop after shop in one area of the city. It's also know for it's huge old and new fort, and "Pink City". Udaipur is known for it's several lakes, all man-made, and it's amazing City Palace. Also celebrated for artists that make paintings using tiny brushes, making them very detailed and beautiful.
The first several pictures are from our road trip from Agra to Jaipur.
Descriptions of the pictures:
#1 Cow dung shaped in large "pucks" then dried. Used as fuel for heating in small villages.
#2 The three travelers in a mustard field, one of the main crops in this area.
#3 Camel pulling a large cart full of something. This is the best I could get out of my window from our moving vehicle.
#4 The typical back of many trucks hauling things down the road.
#5 My travel mates at the entrance of a "step well" in the village of Abhaneri in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
#6 Inside where the step well is. We saw a few step wells, but no other like this one which was huge and very deep with tons of steps to get down to the well to get water. It was absolutely amazing! You may recognize it from the movies, including "Last Marigold Hotel".
#7 More of the step well. Can you imagine going down those steps with no rail?
#8 An oasis on the road to Jaipur...eating again!
#9 Amer Fort is a fort located in Amer, Rajasthan, India not far from Jaipur. It's located high on a hill, and above it is the old fort, which tourists are not able to see.
#10 Tourists can pay to ride an elephant up the hill to the Amer Fort instead of walking up. Having ridden elephants twice in my life, I opted out.
#11 One of the many buildings inside the fort, which was HUGE!
#12 A young couple was having their engagement video shot at the fort. This happened everywhere and was fun to watch.
#13 Jaipur is the capital of India’s Rajasthan state. The Old City or "Pink City" reminds people of the royal family that once ruled the region and founded the Old City. It's called that for obvious reasons.
#14 One of the buildings inside the Pink City. Very large area with palaces, museums and more.
#15 Inside the Pink City.
#16 Outside the Pink City in Jaipur.
#17 My hotel room in Udaipur, right on one of their man-made lakes.
#18 The outside of the City Palace in Udaipur.
#19 One view from the City Palace to one of their man-made lakes, looking at the Taj Lake Palace.
#20 Inside the City Palace.
#21 Just outside the City Palace grounds in Undaipur that leads to a festive market area.
#22 We all bought cashmere scarves from this colorful character.
#23 One of our last meals in Udaipur.
#24 Marigolds are abundant in India and can mean many things including "celebration". Hotels, restaurants and shops display them.