Next stop Rajasthan, desert, palaces, a sacred river, tigers and rats.

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We have a 21 day circuit planned. It took a while to work it out but I think we have it pegged down. We’ll spend most of out time in Rajasthan edging up to the border of Pakistan and then Madhya Pradesh and back into Uttar Pradesh. We have a car and driver, our bags are packed with one big one left here at the hotel and we’re all set to go tomorrow morning, after breakfast, probably around 9:00-9:30.  What’s the rush?  Below is a brief description of the towns, sites and areas we plan ro visit;

Mandawa; Mandawa fort and the areas mansions (havelis). The area is known as “The open art gallery of Rajasthan”.

Bikaner; Surrounded by the Thor Desert it is known for its 16th century Junagarh Fort and the nearby Karni Mata Temple where the religion revolves around the worshipping of rats. Known as the Rat Temple.

Jaisalmer; A former medieval trading centre in the heart of the Thar Desert. Known as the “Golden City”. We’ll do an overnight camel trip into the desert.

Johdpur; The “Blue City” in the desert.

Ranakpur; Marble Jain temples, magnificent architecture and lots of monkeys.

Pushkar; Bordering the Thar Desert, Puskar Lake and hundreds of temples.

Jaipur; Capital of Rajisthan also known as the “Pink City”.

Orcha; Raja Mahal, Betwa River, Mughal architecture.

Khajurao; UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hindu and Jain temples.

Varanasi; The spiritual capital of India. The sacred waters of the Ganges River and over 2,000 temples.

Agra; The Taj Mahal.

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