As we told you before, as we reached Delhi our discovery of India turned to be focusing more on places. Our defensive instinct was “on” in order to protect ourselves from scams. We met some nice people but overall we were disappointed by some behaviours after having been so welcomed in Pakistan and Amritsar. As we plunged into Rajasthan, the most touristic region of India, we captured beautiful sights but only had a few genuine encounters compared to what we had lived during the last months of our trip.
Rajasthan! The region of maharajas and princesses! The name itself made us dream about some exotic atmosphere. Our first stop was Jaipur, also called the pink city. We were not really seduced by the city itself. The large roads, full of traffic were replacing the tiny romantic roads that we expected from a Rajasthani capital. However, we enjoyed visiting the Palace of Winds, Hawa Mahal, built for the wives of the maharaja to look at the street outside without being spotted from the people in the street. We also went to the nearby city of Amber and discovered a superb Fort, Amer Fort, built on the top of a hill and magnifically decorated. To immerse ourselves in the Rajasthan atmosphere, we had found a room in a hotel which was a former Rajasthani palace. It was a beautiful palace, with outside labyrinthic corridors and nice terraces.
After Jaipur, we went west. Having heard it’s a holy city like Varanasi, we wanted to make a stop in Pushkar to enjoy again a spiritual atmosphere. Pushkar is quite small but quite touristic. In the middle of the city centre, there is a beautiful sacred lake where Hindus go bathing. The legend says that this lake formed itself where Bhrama left a lotus flower. As a consequence, the city also hosts the only temple devoted to Bhrama. We were also surprised to see in Pushkar lots of healthy restaurants. All kind of meat is prohibited in Pushkar, and so is alcohol. We had a special delight eating the delicious and healthy mueslis by Honey and Spice.
Finally, our stay would not have been complete without visiting the Sikh temple of Pushkar. We went to this beautiful temple and like in Amritsar we were once again invited to eat the lunch at the temple. In this touristic city, it was a pleasure to be welcomed by Sikhs, not as tourists but as everyone else.
After Pushkar, it was time to feed our wish for blue. The blue city of Jodhpur had made me dream for quite a long time. I was eager to wander in the tiny azure streets. And I was not disappointed, the colors creating a whole range of blue were such a pleasure for the eye. And actually we started to reconnect again with the people. In the old city where we stayed, lovely people would greet us in the street.
We knew Jodhpur for its blue houses, but its Fort was also super impressive. To visit Merangarh Fort, it was mandatory to take an audioguide and we didn’t regret it. The comments about the different sights were truly interesting. We finished the visit full of understanding about the story of Rajasthan!
Our last stop in Rajasthan and a deep breath of fresh air, Udaipur was a great place to visit. It is known to be the most romantic city in India! We stayed in the old town, just next to the stunning Pichola Lake. We had a great time wandering around the lake and discovering the beautiful Jagdish Temple. I also took my first Indian cooking class! Like in Pushkar, there were a lot of restaurants promoting healthy ingredients. Every morning we would go to our favorite fruit juice spot to have delicious juice and muesli. Udaipur was like a renewal for us. Even if it was a touristic city, we created genuine connections with the Indian people we met. We were back on the human track!