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Jaipur, India

Jaipur is the capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan. It was founded in 1727, which makes it a baby by Indian standards. The unofficial nickname of Jaipur is the “Pink City”. When the Prince of Wales visited in 1853, the entire city was painted pink, to welcome him as a gift from ruler Sawai Ram Singh. (continued after gallery)

Most tourist guides will tell you that the ride by car from Delhi is just four hours. Do not be fooled, this drive is at least six or more. Even short distances take forever in India, mainly because of the lack of traffic rules and or lights at intersections.

Once in Jaipur, there is plenty to see. I stayed two days and got a lot of interesting shots. The city is surrounded by mountains and a miniature “Great Wall” around the Amber Fort. I had a few good looks at it from about a mile away with a tripod. Unfortunately the tripod was later broken on a sleeper train but I only really would have needed it a few times after that, most notably at the Taj Mahal.

The main spots to hit are the Amber Fort, Rambagh Palace, Jal Mahal (Water Palace), and Janter Mantar. Jaipur is also a decent place to buy any Indian items, such as silk. Remember that no price is final, even when listed. A good rule of thumb is to haggle down at least 60% of the quoted cost.

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Agra, India

Agra was one city I had highly anticipated when backpacking India. After getting to the Taj Mahal, I was able to capture several decent shots, in and around the area. Since I was shooting mainly in RAW, I have not converted all the photos to jpeg yet. Continue reading