Delhi, India (Day 13)

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On our last day in India, we had an 8 am flight to Delhi. This time, I didn’t really get patted down.. hooray! I opened my locket since the last one had me do it.. this time the girl just commented that there were “no pictures” in my locket. Breakfast box with “American Style Cream […]

Varanasi & Sarnath, India (Day 12)

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The city we’re now in is Varanasi, and it is considered to be the spiritual capital of India. We’re no longer in Rajasthan and are now in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Early morning walk down to the river This morning we woke up at 5:30 am to go watch the sun rise from a […]

Travel to Varanasi, India (Day 11)

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Today was a pretty long day to get to Varanasi. We left at 10 am for the airport, which took a bit longer to get to than we’d expected. When we arrived, there was a man who looked to be in the military, guarding the door and he wanted to see our passports and tickets. […]

Udaipur, India (Day 10)

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Today we started off with a new driver and our guide for Udaipur by going to the City Palace and museum. Our guide taught us that Maharana means king in Udaipur, maharajah means king of big kingdom, and raja means king of small kingdom. Also, he told us “pur,” on the end of so many […]

Drive to Udaipur, India (Day 9)

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Today on the road to Udaipur, Gajaraj stopped at a textile factory so we could see the workers making clothing and home goods. They took us into a big room where there were women sitting on the floor hand embroidering fabric, and men were working with cutting and sewing machines. After seeing the factory area, […]

Jodhpur, India (Day 8)

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This morning we got to sleep in an hour later than usual… wohoo! So I’d gone the whole trip until now without getting sick, but was just a little sick this morning… go figure.. right after the first time I ate dinner at a hotel. That said, I think it was from something I had […]

Jaisalmer, India (Day 7)

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Yesterday morning we followed our regular routine of getting up at 7:45 am (8:15 pm CST) to get ready, pack our bags, eat breakfast and check out of the hotel (Desert Tulip.. beautiful place). Each morning we have to say “no” repeatedly to the bell hop at each hotel so we can take care of […]

Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, India (Day 6)

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Today we got ahead of our itinerary a little bit and toured Jodhpur, the blue city, before heading to Jaisalmer. We started off by going to Jaswant Thada (Jaswant was also our guide’s name), a memorial overlooking the city that was built in 1906. Behind it you could see the city wall along the tops […]

Jodhpur, India (Day 5)

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Today we spent a little over five hours on the road to the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan, Jodhpur. As always, there were lots of sights along the road. Roadside store Cows taking up our lane Colors Stone fence These barricades are frequently used When we arrived at our hotel, we had […]

Jaipur, India (Day 4)

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This morning we headed to Amer Fort, a fort up on top of a hill. After waiting in line for maybe fifteen minutes, we walked up some stairs and sat down on the back of an elephant with a painted face to be taken up the hill. As soon as we got on, our guide […]