Amer Fort, Jaipur

The last time I was in India, my brothers and I went on a road trip across Rajasthan with my Dad. We hit up Jaisalmer, Bikaner and Jodhpur. Visiting Jaipur was on the itinerary, but we got quite annoyed with each other and decided to skip Rajasthan’s capital and headed home after a week.

Luckily, I got a chance to visit Jaipur this time around when Cat and I were doing our classic Golden Triangle tour (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur).

Let’s just say I really like Jaipur. It’s historic, relatively well-maintained and blessed with good weather in winter. My favourite part of Jaipur was not something that’s in the Pink City, but a place just on the outskirts: The Amer Fort (often written and pronounced as Amber Fort). Since this was also the home of the Rajput Maharajas, it’s also sometimes known as the Amer Palace.

Built by Jaipur’s Raja Man Singh I, it showcases many aspects of the traditional Rajput architecture of the time.

Amer Amber Fort Jaipur Rajasthan
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Reflecting Back on Rajasthan

So far this year I have blogged about Canada, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Cambodia and Malaysia, destinations on my way to accomplishing my 11-country-count for 2011. I have gotten some great feedback and encouragement to keep blogging about my travels because some readers have told me it helps them “virtually visit that place”.

That got me thinking, I’d love for my readers to virtually visit my home country, India, through my lens. Then I started digging for any photos I had from my last trip to India in December 2009. Having changed laptops, I can’t locate a chunk of my amateur photography, but below are some images I managed to find and would love to share.

To take a break from the foggy winters of Punjab, my Dad and I, along with my twin first cousins, drove past two states (or provinces if you prefer) and spent a week in Rajasthan. City-hopping from Jaiselmer to Bikaner to Jodhpur, the heat wave and sandy winds brought the team spirit down and we headed home, skipping Jaipur.

A tractor trotting down a deserted road on the outskirts of Bikaner

Marble and sandstone blending in well together in this courtyard of the Bikaner Fort

The interior corridors of the Bikaner Fort have been preserved so well that they are still radiating a golden light

Kinchan, a small town near the Pakistani border, sees a mass migration of cranes during the Winter months

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