Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer

Camel Safari in Jaisalmer For many people (myself included), the main draw for Jaisalmer is its proximity to the Thar Desert.  Located in Northwestern India in the state of Rajasthan, Jaisalmer (and the Thar Desert), is not too far away from the Pakistan border, although there aren’t any border crossings located nearby. I had plans to meet up with Andy (U.K), and Sebastian (Colombia), whom I shared a taxi with from Udaipur to Jodhpur, and whom later helped me out when I was sick in Jodhpur and made a trip…

That Time I went to a Hospital in India

That Time I went to a Hospital in India

That Time I went to a Hospital in India Sorry Mom and Dad for not telling you about this sooner, but I didn’t want to worry you.  As I only have a couple of weeks left in India, I figured now would be a good time to share my experiences in an Indian hospital.  WARNING: I may be a bit explicit in my descriptions of my ailments and woes, so read on at your own risk! Sebastian (Colombia), Andy (U.K.), and I had hired a private car to get from…

Unbelievable Udaipur

Unbelievable Udaipur

Udaipur-My favorite city in India Ah, Udaipur.  Sometimes you just arrive in a city and it just feels right.  With the exception of Jaipur, which I wasn’t too fond of, there had yet to be a city in India that I did not like.  Udaipur just had this peacefulness that Pushkar lacked, even though it was a lot bigger than the popular little town.  Known as the “Venice of India”, several lakes run through the center of the town.  The hostel I stayed at, Bunkyard, was actually located right on…

Animal Aid Unlimited, Udaipur

Animal Aid Unlimited, Udaipur

Animal Aid Unlimited, Udaipur When researching what to do in Udaipur, I came across Animal Aid Unlimited, an organization that provides services to the many street dogs, cows, donkeys, etc that roam the city streets.  Since I was starting to get bored of the traditional temples, forts, and city palaces that all of the major cities in Rajasthan had, it seemed like a good chance to do something different.  Throughout my time in India thus far, I’ve come across more than my share of dogs and cows wandering the streets. …

Pushkar

Pushkar

Pushkar I was excited to get to Pushkar as I heard many great things from other travelers I had met thus far in India.  Pushkar is a small town but is quite popular with travelers, both domestic and foreign, especially Israelis.  Set in the shadow of the Araveli mountains, the centerpiece of Pushkar is the revered Pushkar Lake.  Similar to the Ganges River, a pilgrimage to Pushkar is popular with Hindus to dip in and receive blessings. Getting to Puskhar from Jaipur was fairly easy.  I first caught a 3…

Jaipur-The “Pink City”

Jaipur-The “Pink City”

Jaipur Jaipur was one of the first cities thus far in India that I was not impressed with.  It was my first of many planned stops in the western state of Rajasthan, a state known for its many palaces and forts and miles and miles of desert.  Jaipur is considered part of the “Golden Triangle”, along with Delhi and Agra, and is usually visited by people who have limited time (read: one week) in India.  With over a million people, tall skyscrapers and chain stores, Jaipur oozed “big city”, but…

Holi Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura Part II

Holi Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura Part II

Holi Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura Part II After spending a couple of hours relaxing from the morning’s craziness, we headed into the town of Mathura, where a parade was set to occur starting at 2pm.  It was obvious as we approached the street that the parade was set to be on, as we could hear loud music blaring, announcing the coming parade.  Some women and children observed from the balconies and rooftops above, not wishing to be in the midst of all the action.  As we weaved our way…

Holi Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura Part I

Holi Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura Part I

Holi Festival in Vrindavan and Mathura While hanging around Big Brother Hostel in Agra, a few of us were sharing our plans for Holi, set to be celebrated on March 24.  My plan at this point was to celebrate it in Jaipur, as that was the next scheduled stop on my list and I had heard that almost any city in North India was a good place to celebrate.  A few people spoke of their experiences heading up to Vrindavan and Mathura, about 60 kilometers north of Agra.  Here, the…

Touring the Taj Mahal

Touring the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal is an obvious must see for anyone who travels to India.  Conversely, I had heard no so great things about the city of Agra, where the Taj is located.  Some people even advised me to not even spend the night there, but arrive in the morning and to leave later that night.  Because I wasn’t super pressed on time, I decided to spend at least one night (which stretched into 2) there, in order to not feel rushed. I arrived in Agra from Varanasi on a 13…

Varanasi, the Holy City

Varanasi, the Holy City

Varanasi I have always been intrigued about Varanasi and I knew that it was a must-see destination while in India. Home of the holy Ganges River, Hindu pilgrims come here to bathe in the holy waters as well as perform morning and evening rituals to honor it. It is also THE place in India where Hindus go to die. Being cremated on the banks of the Ganges River is a huge honor, and elderly people will traverse from all over India just to die in Varanasi so they can be…