India impressions, Part 1 – Jaisalmer, Thar Desert and Jodhpur

India impressions, Part 1 – Jaisalmer, Thar Desert and Jodhpur

On our 3-week tour through Rajasthan, the Golden Triangle and some other cities in India we have seen amazing forts, temples and palaces, vivid villages and cities, beautiful landscapes, kind people and holy and less holy animals. Out of this potpourri of colors and shapes we have made a photo-selection about the first part of our trip through this world. And maybe we can seduce you to see it for yourself…

Jaisalmer – the most romantic fort we have found in India

In Jaisalmer you have to visit the Fort, and take your time there. There is so much to see: stroll the narrow streets with the small shops and vendors, get enchanted by the marvel of the Jain Temples’ architecture and visit the Fort Museum. This latter leads you through the palaces and a guide or the audio guide explains the history of the fort and Jaisalmer. Finally, you can also drink a chai (tea) in one of the numerous rooftop gardens and enjoy the view of the city.

But besides the fort, don’t miss the Gadsisar Lake with its temples on the water. A real romatic view, it is even possible to take a boat ride there. This we skipped this time, but we took a walk around the lake.

The stunning havelis of this area we have already described in our post: Beautiful Havelis of Rajasthan tell their history.

Thar Desert camel safari

A bit touristic, but if you haven’t had a chance to see a desert before or have not ridden a camel – it is a real experience. We drove to Khuri village at the edge of the Thar Desert (about an hour from Jaisalmer) and spent an afternoon and night there. You are taken on camelback to the nearby sand dunes where you can have a romantic sunset watch. Musicians are playing music and vendors are trying to sell snacks and drinks and other goods to make the experience complete. (We have told you it is a bit touristic 🙂 )

In the evening you are served traditional meals from the region – all vegetarian –, and a dance and music show is performed. As nights get very chilly – and you will most probably sleep either under the stars or maximum in a tent – don’t forget warm clothes…

Jodhpur, blue city

The Mehrangarh Fort is still owned by the descendants of the Rathore family ruling Jodhpur until the independence from the British in 1943. They transformed the fortress into a Museum open to the public. The family lives in a nearby Palace, from where they can (literally)  keep an eye on the Fort. The Museum is worth a visit, the audio guide, which is included in the entrance fee, provides great insights into the history and the life of the city.

From the Fort you have a wonderful view – especially impressive in the hours of sunset. Many of the houses in the old part of town are colored blue. Originally, blue was the color of the homes of the Brahmins – members of the highest cast. It is also believed that blue drives away insects.

One more sight has caught our attention: a beautiful white marble building, the Jaswant Thada. This is the Cenotaph of the Rathore rulers and with its fine carvings it is also worth visiting.

The Mandore garden also seems to be a nice place to spend an hour or two. People stroll around with their families, romantic couples sit beyond the huge trees, men play cards and musicians entertain the pedestrians. In the eye of the park is a small group of beautiful cenotaphs surrounded by a small lake. The only drawback is the dirt in the park… 🙁

Next stops: Udaipur and more to come

Our route lead us from Jodhpur to Udaipur, of which you can read in more detail if you click this link: Udaipur, Rajasthan – Venice of the East

Other destinations of our tour, like the Tiger Safari in Ranthambore or the holy cities of Varanasi and Pushkar will follow in our next posts soon…

 

20 thoughts on “India impressions, Part 1 – Jaisalmer, Thar Desert and Jodhpur

  • December 28, 2016 at 11:12 am
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    Your photos are spectacular and makes us what to go to India. Thank you for sharing your experience there and we’ll be looking forward to the following posts.

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    • December 28, 2016 at 12:28 pm
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      Thank you, we are so happy you liked the pictures! 🙂

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  • December 25, 2016 at 1:01 am
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    Oh wow, your photos are absolutely stunning! I’ve heard great things about this region but haven’t heard of Jaisalmer Fort before so that’s one to add to the bucket list. I’ve always wondered why blue was the colour of choice – didn’t realise it was a symbol of cast system!

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    • December 28, 2016 at 10:49 am
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      Thank you, Caroline! Jaisalmer is really-really stunning – worth your bucket list, for sure. 🙂

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  • December 24, 2016 at 6:49 am
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    Hello, Thanks for sharing such a fantastic blog.I really appreciate your blog to share information about India,Jaisalmer desert and JodhupurTours & Vacations Points …Visiting in India is amazing experience. This is amazing place with historical monuments and rich traditional culture. great information…….

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    • December 28, 2016 at 11:05 am
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      Thank you so much for your kind words. Happy you like the blog. 🙂

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  • December 24, 2016 at 1:51 am
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    I love Jaisalmer. I found it very exotic, if not unbearably hot! I didn’t have time to do the camel safari, sounds like it was a cool experience, though from past experience, I’m not a huge fan of being on a camel for longer than 10 minutes! Look forward to reading what you thought to Udaipur!

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    • December 28, 2016 at 11:10 am
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      Hi Sheena, you can read about our Udaipur experience in this post: http://worldviber.com/udaipur-rajasthan/ – we really loved that place! We were also lucky with the weather: it was warm, but not hot, so perfect for sightseeing and exploring this region.

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  • December 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm
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    What a gorgeous region! The architecture and landscape are incredible!

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    • December 28, 2016 at 11:11 am
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      We couldn’t agree more. It is really worth a visit. 🙂

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  • December 21, 2016 at 9:42 am
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    The camel riding experience looks so surreal – touristy or not! Glad you had such a great time and can’t wait to follow your adventures in Udaipur!

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  • December 19, 2016 at 11:40 pm
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    Aw, how cute are the pig/camels/cow? I already was quite keen on India, but you have seduced me further. 🙂

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    • December 20, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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      We are happy we could seduce you. India is just amazing and full of surprises!

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  • December 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm
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    Sometimes when I travel, the touristy things turn me off. BUT, I’d make an exception for a camel ride!

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    • December 20, 2016 at 5:29 pm
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      It is really fun. We also usually try to skip the too tourity things, but this was nice.

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  • December 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    India is high on my list of countries to visit! It seems as if there is so much to explore, I have friends who stayed for a few months and still say that they could have stayed even longer 🙂 The desert safari really sounds quite touristy… 😀 Still must have been a cool experience, I think I would definitely join such a tour as well 🙂

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    • December 20, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      We have only stayed for about 5 weeks now, and there is definitely a lot more to see! But India is also very intense… 🙂

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      • December 24, 2016 at 9:52 am
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        Liebes WORLDVIBER TEAM,
        auch mit den tollen Indien-Fotos habt Ihr uns wieder eine grosse Freude gemacht. Erneut sind wir begeistert vom fotokünstlerisch perfekten Blick für Fülle und Spannweite des prallen Lebens und für das Wesentliche zugleich, ausserdem von der Lebensfreude und Wärme, den das Team in Wort und Bild vermittelt.

        Wir wünschen Euch jetzt frohe Weihnachtstage und einen guten Rutsch in ein Neues Jahr, das es Euch erlaubt, weiter so ungebunden zu reisen, und hoffen auf ganz viele neue Erlebnisberichte.

        Ganz liebe Grüsse
        Christa & Manfred

        Mit herzlichen Grüssen

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        • December 28, 2016 at 11:04 am
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          Liebe Christa, lieber Mani, danke für die netten Worte. Wir haben Euch eine Email geschickt. Liebe Grüße, Julia und Werner

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