In this post, I am going to describe my travels through Rajasthan which included stops in Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner.
I was feeling rejuvenated from my visit to the Taj Mahal as I embarked on Rajasthan. I was like “Okay, the Taj was pretty damn impressive. Let’s smash the reset button here and give India another shot.” But a couple days into my time in Rajasthan, I had to admit to myself that India and I were just not going to work out. So here’s what happened. I sent India a text saying “We need to talk.” Makes you cringe right? It’s a cliche way to end things but cliches become cliches for a reason. So we meet up next to a giant pile of garbage (next to the other pile of garbage) and I say “Look. You are a great country…..for another type of traveller”. At this point, I can see India starting to get upset. She already knew what was coming but to hear my first words were just a bit too much so she turned to walk away but was blocked by a cow just standing around with nothing better to do. I grabbed her by the arm and I said “It’s okay. You are your own boss. There is nothing you have to change. Continue to do your thing. But you and I…..it’s just not happening.”
Yeah. It was a tough conversation but I definitely felt relieved after it was over. I felt free just to do whatever I wanted. If a city offered something I really wanted to do, I could do it. If not, I could just find a quiet place (even if the only such place was my room) and chill. No expectations. No disappointments.
Okay, I’m going to actually talk about what I’ve been up to now!
Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and as such is pretty chaotic though not near Delhi levels. I spent my first day here doing a tour via tuk-tuk. Definitely ended up getting ripped off but it did allow me to get around and see quite a bit so I’ll just let it slide!
The highlight of Jaipur was my trip out to Elefantastic; an elephant sanctuary for abused elephants. They have a couple hundred of the giant greys and the majority were either working in the circus or used for elephant rides for less than stellar outfits. I got to work with one young lady who was blind from abuse. She had a surgery lined up in about a months time to hopefully restore vision in one eye. Despite everything she had been through she was super friendly!
Next, I jetted (or trained) off to Pushkar which is best known for its camel fair. It happens once a year but it was actually on while I was there. Not really something I found overly compelling so it actually ended up being a bit of a nuisance as the crowds were heavier than they would have been otherwise. My search for a bit quiet continues!
At last, I found myself in a quiet little spot in Udaipur. There was also tonnes of good coffee to be found (a rarity in India). I did a significant amount of chilling here. Nothing really significant to report on my activities here. I took a couple of naps but that’s probably not the exciting stuff you want to hear about in a travel blog.
Continuing on the theme from Udaipur, Jodhpur served a decent dose of peace and quiet. It is known as the “Blue City” but I didn’t see an abundance of blue! Again, nothing major to report from my time here.
The thing to do in Jaisalmer is an overnight camel safari in the Thar Desert. It was pretty damn cool. You ride out into the desert on camelback and sleep under the stars. There were even proper beds! Pretty swank accommodations in the middle of nowhere.
Fuck. I went here? I was just about to finalize the blog post when I remembered that I went here. It was two days ago! My assessment? It’s a shithole.
Till next time!