It is almost impossible to transmit all the beauty we have encountered on our India trip. In this 3rd and final post post we tried to collect the highlights of some more spots we visited, with a selection of the best photos we shot.
We have been to the pink city: Jaipur, the city of Krishna: Vrindavan, several picturesque forts, temples and palaces and relaxed in heavenly Goa. We hope this time you get hooked on India…
Jaipur, the pink city
Colourful, chaotic streets and markets, rickshaws, camels – a never stopping buzz and whirling.
Just some of the sights we saw and you shouldn’t miss here:
– the City Palace – home of the former royal family
– the Jantar Mantar – royal observatory
– the Hawa Mahal (the Palace Of The Winds) – which allowed the royal ladies enjoy a view of everyday life through the windows, as they were not allowed to appear in public
– the Amber Fort – the fairy tale fort in the arid hills surrounding the city.
Amazing forts in Rajasthan
The region is full of more amazing forts like Chittorgarh, Kumbalgarh or Orchha. All of them are located on strategical places overlooking the surrounding area and are constructed in a way that attacks from any invader face maximum difficulties. The inside of the forts are beautifully built with colorful facades looking into nice courts.
In Orccha we visited a sound and light show in the evening – explaining the history of the fort with matching music and light effects. It was really magical.
Vrindavan, the city of Krishna
A very happy ambience expected us in Vrindavan, the city of the Krishna devotees. The city is full of temples, most of them dedicated to him. The temples are all very spectacular, decorated with colorful scenes from the life of Krishna and cheerful music is playing from the loudspeakers.
Among the most prominent ones is the recently built (2001-2012) Prem Mandir, standing in a beautiful Garden at the outskirts of Vrindavan; and the Krishna-Balaram Mandir, which is one of the main ISKCON temples in India (International Society for Krishna Consciousness).
The erotic and other carvings of Khajuraho are among the finest temple art in the world.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh. The temples standing here are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and the erotic sculptures decorating them.
Most of them were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. Out of the originally 85 temples only about 20 temples have survived and are scattered over 6 km2. The temples were dedicated to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism, suggesting acceptance and respect for diverse religious views.
Goa – welcome to paradise
At the end of our India trip we decided to take a couple of days off – to reload our batteries after these colourful, intense weeks in Rajasthan and northern India. So, we flew down to Goa and rented a small hut in the Blue Lagoon Resort on Cola Beach to spend the last days in the sea and the Sun.
Swimming, walking, reading, eating sea food – relaxing. Exactly the finale for India that we needed!