A little custom lettering experiment captured on video.
Jaipur supposedly has a bunch of great forts and palaces. We, however, were tired of such monuments by this point in our trip. We did drive into Jaipur and visit the city palace. Not impressed, unfortunately. After, that we met friend of Stephanie’s for lunch. She is in Jaipur for a few months volunteering at an orphanage for child with HIV. We really enjoyed visiting the kids. There is a home for boys, and then a few blocks over and down the street there’s a home for girls. In between the two is a small slum area where we ran into more kids. Despite living in total poverty, they were full of life and big bright smiles. I snapped a few quick photos of some of the kids we came across…
We took a train from Jodhpur to Jaipur (about 5 hours). Actually a pretty pleasant journey. Jaipur is a fairly big city in Rajasthan full of palaces and forts. It’s popular 3rd stop for everyone visiting New Delhi and the Taj Mahal. We stayed about a gem of a place called Savista, about 45 minutes outside of town in a rural farmland area.
One of the highlights of our time in India was a visit to the small village of Bagru, where it seems just about everyone is involved in the traditional craft of wood block printing. We spent about 3 hours with the folks at Bagru Textiles touring the village and seeing every stage of the process. I apologize in advance for the number of photos coming your way…
After our day in Delhi we flew to Jodhpur (about an hour). Jodhpur is known for its blue houses and the massive Mehrangarh Fort (built around 1458) and palace that overlooks the city. We spent a day and a half wandering around the old city and visiting the monuments before heading to the train station.
Our first stop in India was the capital, New Delhi. We arrived at 1:30am – after approx. 24 hours of traveling – into in airport terminal that looked like an empty 1970s casino. We slept in that morning, so only had about a half day to see Delhi before catching a plane to our next destination.
Delhi is big. Something like 20 million people. We only saw a fraction of it, but that was enough to satisfy us for this trip. We hired a car and driver for the rate of about $20 for the day. Our first stop was Humayun’s Tomb. Built in 1570, around 80 years before the Taj Mahal.
Next stop was Chandni Chowk – one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. We hired a guide for a 3 hour walking tour, and looking back I did not take as many photos as I would have liked. I think I was overwhelmed with the sights, sounds and smells. Chandni Chowk is everything you think a bustling market in Delhi should be. Image doing your shopping in a giant mosh pit with donkeys and bicycle rickshaws passing through. Wasn’t super easy to stop and photograph interesting sights – partly because I would have been run over had I done so, and partly because everything was interesting. The market is somehow divided up into certain crafts. All the fabric shops in one section. All the electronics in another. At one point we passed through a street full of printing and paper shops. Closet sized stalls cutting reams of paper and some old school looking offset printers. Sadly, no photos.
I am currently sorting through and editing photos from India. It was quite an adventure. Here is a quick overview and a couple images…
Hours on a plane: 42
Hours on a train: 5
Number of rickshaw rides (bicycle and motorcycle): 4
Elephants in traffic: 1
Guided tours: 3
Cities visited: 6
Hotels stayed in: 4
References to Slumdog Millionaire: 6
References to The Darjeeling Limited: 3
Lost iPhones: 1
And a few photos from Delhi. Lots more coming soon.
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