Rajasthan

Photo Essay: Exploring the Amber Fort in Jaipur

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On our drive up to the Amber Fort, I had no expectations. We eventually left behind the city density for shady roads that were surrounded by more trees than people. We began to see the old city wall of Jaipur, jutting out of the sides and tops of dusty hills. I felt a tangible presence […]

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Two Thought Provoking Palaces in Jaipur

India

The Hawa Mahal and the Jal Mahal were the original poster children of Jaipur for me. A couple months before I went to India, I browsed a travel friend’s photos of India. I hadn’t yet booked anything and wasn’t sure if I’d go and I was looking for ideas on where to go. Amongst the […]

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Photo Essay: Shapes and Patterns at the Jantar Mantar in Jaipur

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On my day tour of Jaipur, one of my tour mates was a man from Switzerland who’d once lived in India and had been visiting the country for decades. He had already seen all of places on our itinerary. It was clear that he couldn’t get enough of the sights of Jaipur, and throughout the […]

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Brief Encounters in Jaipur

India

A Breakfast Sales Pitch There weren’t enough salt and pepper shakers at the hotel’s breakfast. Not long after I asked a boisterous Australian man to borrow the salt and pepper, an Eastern European woman asked me to borrow them. At the time, I wasn’t sure if she wanted to use the shakers or if she […]

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Photo Essay: Candid Snapshots from Jaipur

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The tour driver motioned for me to sit in the passenger seat of the 4×4. I was ready to go when he insisted that I buckle my seatbelt. I usually put it on automatically, but after a week and a half in India, I’d gotten used to the fact that every car I sat in […]

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Enter Rajasthan

India

At 4:15 am, there wasn’t exactly the abundance of autorickshaws that the hotel receptionist had claimed there would be, but after a few moments of worry, I found one. The driver tried to take advantage of my lack of options by quoting a price that was three times what it took me to get the […]

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