jodhpur and udaipur

nicknamed for obvious reasons. next on the itinerary were the cities of jodhpur and udaipur (with a stay between the two in a village, which i’ll get to later). jodhpur, “the blue city” and also the birthplace of jodhpur trousers (the mahajara was a polo fanatic), was a major trading center and the capitol of the now-dissolved kingdom of marwar, so naturally it had a major fort. unlike the other forts we saw, this one – mehrangarh fort – had a good museum in which some of the more luxurious rooms were preserved and open to the public. (again, no…

forts and camels

on to the state of rajasthan. first stop: jaipur, the capitol city. this is the amber fort, a major tourist attraction. you can access the fort by riding on an elephant, which we did.  the adventure began before we got on the elephant, however, when abby and i saw a man hawking some fairly nice kids’ t-shirts and shouting out “twenty! twenty!” twenty rupees is pretty cheap for a shirt, so we inquired, and he came back with the price: 1,500 rupees, which is about 20 euros, or 30 dollars. we declined, and the haggling began – riding an elephant…

agra

i’ve been working on a photography lecture/lesson using my bhutan images, so i haven’t gotten around to posting anything about the three-week trip through india that abby and i took with her parents until now.  so we start with agra and the taj mahal.  what can be said about the taj mahal that hasn’t already been written?  the taj was opened in 1990 as donald trump’s third casino property in atlantic city.  it has over 2,000 hotel rooms and the second largest poker room on that famed boardwalk with 75 regular tables and 14 tournament tables. pretty impressive. four views…