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Incredible India! We had only time to explore Rajasthan, it was a pity that we didn’t get to spend  more time there.
India is a completely different country to the ones that we visited before and probably the others we will visit. We were in shock for almost a week, so many people everywhere, impossible to be alone, chaotic and noisy traffic, the use of the horn was continuous, high contrast of status, wealth and poverty, people sleeping in the hard shoulders of road, dirt, you could find animals everywhere: monkeys, pigs, goats, cows, chickens and of course a cow causing a traffic jam. But eventually you get used to everything. What makes India great is its people, their warmth and hospitality.  They even made us feel like Hollywood stars, well we mean Bollywood stars, since they were asking us to take pictures with them.  

Delhi

This was our first Indian experience. It is a huge city with a lot of people everywhere, chaotic and quite dirty and smelly because of open sewers.

The only clean thing was the underground, where spitting is prohibited. We noticed that the underground has a women-only car. While Marisol was travelling like a princess, Joan was crushed among the crowd of Indians. We only moved around old Delhi, New Delhi maybe it is a completely different story.

We think that the visit to Delhi can be ignored, since in India there are much more beautiful places.

What did we do?

  • Qutb Ruins
    Ruinas QutbAlmost at the outskirts of Delhi, south, lie the ruins of what was the first Islamic city of Delhi. A mosque and some nearby buildings are all that survives of that city. Beside the original mosque stands the Qutb Minar (Qutb Minaret), five floors, which has a height of 72.5 meters, making it the world's tallest minaret.





  • Red Fort
    Fuerte RojoXVII century fort located in Old Delhi, now a government building and used as a royal residence. Its walls of red sandstone gives the complex its name








  • Bazaars
    Bazaars of clothing and accessories, where haggling is common. In India, prices are generally not as inflated as in China, usually just three times the actual price.

Where did we stay?

Nirvana Hostel
Good place to start our journey in India and to meet and share experiences with other travellers. Often they hold barbeques  for 100 rupees. This place is far from downtown and the nearest subway stop is a 20 minute walk. The first two nights we were in a double room with bathroom, we did not like it because it was outside the main building, so we felt a bit excluded. On our return, as we did not have much money so we stayed in a dorm with eight people.
Rs 1700 double room with bath, breakfast, dinner (rice and a glass of beer)
Rs 600 per person for bedroom of 8 peopl, breakfast, dinner (rice and a glass of beer)

Agra

You must to go see Taj Mahal. The city is not pretty. It's not worth spending more than one night, many people visit the Taj Mahal and return to Delhi the same day

What did we do?

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

    What to say about Taj Mahal? It is a marvel in shape and proportion. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan for his wife, Empress Aryumand Banu Begam.
    Its construction began after the death of the empress and lasted twenty-two years. This is not a single building but large complex. There is high red sandstone wall surrounding the complex.  You enter through a monumental gateway in the south and you see a huge marble fountain in the centre surrounded by gardens and, at the end, the marvellous Taj Mahal.
    The Taj Mahal is square with truncated corners so it becomes irregular octagonal shape and the ends of the platform rise four minarets culminating in domes. Situated on a marble platform, this is accessed barefoot or with shoes covered slippers provided there. Both the exterior and interior walls are decorated with inlays of semiprecious stones, with exquisite taste and restraint, and no part of the building is recharged by the sets and there are many areas without garnishes.
    Inside the mausoleum the light is dim, there is a big central octagonal hall with four smaller octagonal halls around, in the centre of the main chamber are the tombs of the emperor and his wife.
    Important to know, that access on Fridays is only for Muslims.

  • Red Fort
    Fuerte RojoNot far from the Taj Mahal stands the Red Fort, We only saw it from outside, because we had already visited the Red Fort in Delhi, but we must say, this is prettier.







  • Mausoleum Itimad-ud-daulah, also known as Baby Taj Mahal
    Itimad-ud-daulahIt is one mile from the Red Fort. It is located in square garden with ditches, it is a low square building with central dome and a minaret at each corner. The building is covered entirely in white marble decorated with abundant garnishes. We liked it because it is very quiet as there were not too many tourists.





Where did we stay?

Hotel Maya, nice and clean room only10 minutes from the Taj Mahal. The only problem was the monkeys. They woke us up early when they were getting off the roof of the hotel using our balcony.
1250 rupees double room with bath

Jaipur

Called the 'Pink City' because of the colour of their houses, Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan, India

What did we do?

  • Winds Palace
    Palacio de los VientosIt is located on a main street. It has a beautiful pink and white façade with hundreds of windows. The building is five floors high; the two upper ones are less wide to the building, making the building like a peacock's tail shape, an animal that has a symbolic value in India. .










  • Jai Singh Astronomical Observatory
    Jai SinghIt's a big yard full of strange constructions, different astronomical instruments or brackets that served to sustain them.








  • Monkey Temple
    Templo de los MonosIt is a small Hindu temple situated on hill top with lots of monkeys. The temple has nothing special but the views of the city are very nice.







  • Amber Fort
    Fuerte AmberAmber is near Jaipur, about 11 kilometres, there is an impressive fortress that stands on a rocky hill next to a lake. There is a palace inside, decorated with reliefs and floral motifs, and the elephant God, Ganesh, at the main door and. The façade has several stone windows from which women could look out without being seen. Inside the palace is also very beautiful, with its walls decorated with tiny mirrors and is called the Sheesh Mahal, or Palace of Mirrors




  • Lake Palace
    Palacio del LagoHalfway to Amber there is a beautiful palace in the middle of a lake. It is worth it to stop and watch the sunset to see how the palace changes the colour with the reflection of light







Where did we stay?

Atithy guesshouse.Nice and clean room which was located on the top floor which had a large terrace.
800 rupees for double room with bath

Ajmer

Ajmer is a city surrounded by the Aravali Mountains. This city was the starting point to go to Pushkar, We just stayed a night here. We visited several bazaars to experience the atmosphere prior to the Diwali Eve (festival of lights).

What did we do?

  • Jain Temple Nasiyan
    Jain NasiyanThe first floor of the temple, popularly known as Swarna Nagari (city of gold) is home to a model made mostly of gold, an estimated 1000 kilograms of gold has been used in the construction of this wonder, which represents the panorama of Jain mythology, and the ancient towns of Ayodhya and Prayag












  • Al Jama Tamish
    Al Jama TamishBeautiful mosque, it is one of the most visited tourist attractions. The place is also one of the most important religious sites in Ajmerr.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Anasagar Lake
    Lago AnasagarIt is an artificial lake that is pretty dirty, if you are brave you can rent a boat..

 

 

 

 




Where did we stay?

Ajmeru hotel. It was the worst value for money, not very clean and a bit old, many mosquitoes on the stairs, you have to run up or down stairs if you don’t want to be literally eaten by them
Rs 600 for double room with bathroom.

Pushkar

Pushkar is located about 14 kilometres from Ajmer is one of most important pilgrimage sites for Hindus in India. It is a holy city built around a holy lake. It brings hundreds of Hindus to bath in the ghats of the lake and pray in the famous Brahma Temple.
In Pushkar it is forbidden to eat meat, eggs, or drink alcohol.

It is also the venue for the famous camel fair in November.
A part of the spiritual site, there are many hippy clothes shops, we believe that is like Brown Thomas for hippies. If you know a hippie who tells you that he is going to Pushkar to meditate and do yoga, he is probably lying to you: for sure he goes shopping.

What did we do?

  • Brahma Temple
    BrahmaCommemorates the god Brahma, who is considered the creator of the universe according to Hinduism. It is the only temple dedicated to Brahma in India and receives many pilgrims every year.











  • Savitri Temple
    SavitriThis temple is dedicated to one of the wives of Brahma. Built on the highest hill, overlooking the city. The temple is not very interesting but the views are beautifuls.







  • White Mosque
    MezquitaIt is very nice, built in white marble. It is a fairly new building, visible from any terrace, well worth a visit.
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What did we stay?

Shree Palace Hotel. Dirty, damp walls and a ridiculous pool, we must be brave to get in. We moved to another the next day
Rs 200 for double room with bath

Everest Hotel. Very clean, very nice employees. Rooftop restaurant with nice views.
Rs 350 for double room with bathroom

Udaipur

Northwest of India. It is a beautiful walled city built around lakes which were not too dirty

What did we do?

  • The City Palace
    Udaipur PalacioThe City Palace of the Maharana stands on a small hill on the banks of Lake Pichola. Inside the Palace, now transformed into a museum, there are courtyards, terraces, galleries, halls and gardens. Some facades are richly decorated with inlaid mirrors, some of its galleries are covered with paintings and from terraces there is a magnificent view of Lake Pichola



What did we stay?

Lalghat guesshouse. Muy bien situado, limpio y bonito. Es haveli transformado en hostal. (Haveli vivienda típica de la región de Rajastán , con características arquitectónicas adaptadas al clima y a las condiciones económicas de sus propietarios)
400 rupias habitación doble con baño

Jodphur

Beautiful city also called blue city because many of the houses are painted in this colour to repel mosquitoes.
We travelled from Udaipur to Jodhpur by night train. We visited the fortress and walked around the blue town, we only spent the day and took the a night bus to Jasailmer: it was quite an experience. We didn’t have much time and preferred to spend more time in the beautiful city of Jasailmer

What did we do?

  • Mehrangarh Fort
    MehrangarhSituated on 150m high hill. It is the most formidable and magnificent fort in Rajasthan. It was never conquered. This is very well preserved and the view over the city is very nice. Inside the fort are several palaces that are now used as museums, there are a fine collection of  elephant saddles, sedan chairs, swing arms, weapons and a pair of silver Gangaur goddesses beautifully dressed and bejewelled





Jaisalmer

JaisalmerJaisalmer is the city that we liked most in India. It seems like it’s straight out of the story of the Thousand and One Nights. It is a fortress city in the middle of desert in northwest India, near the border with Pakistan. It was a pleasure to walk through the narrow streets and discover beautiful places.
We spent a day exploring the city. We also did a desert safari riding camels for two days and one night, we slept under the light of the stars. We shared the safari with a very nice Mexican couple, Leticia and Ardashir. We had a good fun.





¿Dónde dormimos?
Pol Haveli Hotel. Very nice, it was recommended by a employee of Everest Hotel in Pushkar. When we arrived there were no rooms available, even though we made a reservation previous night. They allowed us to sleep in the basement for free. The trick was they wanted to sell us the desert safari and compared with other agencies, it was almost twice as expensive. We slept 2 nights here and we took the safari with another agency.


Cost

    1 € ≈ Rs 60
    1 bottle water ≈ Rs 10
    1 beer ≈ Rs 80  
    Thali   ≈ 100 Rs
    1 day ticket underground = 100Rs + 50Rs deposit

 

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