I recently returned to Mumbai after a 9 day trip on my own to Rajasthan, the Land of Kings. With both tan, dessicated desert stretching into Pakistan and waterfall splattered mountains in the east this state’s geography has produced an amazing cultural puzzle. Also contributing to the seemingly immortal telltale cultural traditions are the chivalrous and colorful figures of the Rajput kingdoms. While traveling Jodhpur - Jaisalmer - Udaipur I watched the changing landscape and sampled as much as I could of this fabulously decorated land.
|Cenotaphs overlooking the Blue City|
I went on a tour of the Bishnoi village nearby and visited potters, weavers, a textile factory and many villagers. After the tour my guide brought me to his farmhouse where I was introduced to his cousins, brothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers, cows, dogs and chickens. I felt so welcome that I went back for dinner and drinks at night and when I was back in Jodhpur for a mere two hours (5-7 AM) a few days later they picked me up from the train station to feed me breakfast, share some laughs and give me a bed to rest on. I sincerely might return to Jodhpur just to visit this family.
|An opium ceremony|
|The less comfortable of the 2 train rides I took|
|After these 5 minutes I could count to 10 in Hindi and he could do the same in English.|
|.... I did have a helmet|