|Anne in front of Humayun's tomb in Delhi.|
|Our 2,200 km road trip through Rajasthan.|
The key to successfully traveling in India is how much are capable of lowering your tolerance to being surrounded by human misery. A blind eye, a deaf ear, an insensitive nose and not minding stepping on layers of mud and feces from humans and various types of animals will go a long way in this country.
|Peacocks are native to India and represent India's national bird. They're everywhere, from the side of the road, to hotel roofs, to stylized 3D paintings on palaces.|
I loved Sarah MacDonald's comparison in her novel, where she resembles India to Wonderland and herself an Alice constantly feeling out of place, awkward, helpless, not understanding the rules by which this universe works.
|Indian sexy time.|
|Painting on the inside walls of our hotel in Mandawa.|
tomb of Humayun, built in 1562 AD. A storm broke out as soon as our driver dropped us off at the gate. It was the most intense storm I've ever experienced in my life. In a matter of minutes, the sky turned from blue to dark grey, the wind stirred up leaves and dust, the sky was covered in back-to-back lightnings. It almost felt like a tornado.
red fort in Delhi. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, started construction of the red fort in 1638 and work was completed in 1648 (10 years). The fort is built within the walls of the old city (Old Dehli) and was used as residence for the Mughal emperors.
haveli is a a private mansion in India and Pakistan. The word haveli is derived from the Persian word hawli, meaning "an enclosed place". They share similar features with other mansions derived from Islamic Architecture such as the traditional mansions in Morocco called Riads.
The Fall was filmed.
After spending one night in the Thar desert, we moved on to the city of Jaisalmer, famous for its fort built in yellow sandstone. The fort has three beautifully sculptured Jain temples of the 12th-13th centuries and five inter-connected palaces. The coolest thing about this fort is that it's still inhabited. The main city lies outside and around the fort, but the fort itself is a maze of narrow lanes where regular people live.
Mehrangarh Fort, one of the most beautiful and impressive things I've seen during our trip through Rajasthan.
In Jaipur we visited Jantar Mantar, the famous complex of astronomical instruments. Jantar Mantar was built in Jaipur between 1727 and 1734. The name is derived from Jantar ("instrument"), and Mantar ("formula", or in this context "calculation"). Therefore jantar mantar means literally 'calculation instrument'. (via Wikipedia) This place was also one of the locations of the movie The Fall.
Saddhu, India's (in)famous holy men. I suggest doing an image search for Saddhus, they are a sight to behold, a mystery, something so eerie and completely different from our society.
Getting sexy inside the Jaipur fort.
Jalis and are carved in white marble in such a way that you can see through them, almost as if you would through glass.
Salwar kameez in front of the Taj.
And this concludes my belated blog post about our 2 week trip through Rajahstan. Hope you enjoyed it!