India: The coloured cities of Rajasthan

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

A tour through the coloured cities of Rajasthan, India, is an amazing spectacle of the wars, honour and extravagance of the Rajputs (now bewilderingly reduced to commoners). There’s Udaipur the white city, Jodhpur the blue city, Jaisalmer the golden city and Jaipur the pink city.

Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Udaipur is almost unbearably romantic, with creamy palaces floating on the lake. This is the view at sunset from the “Monsoon palace” a few kilometres away by auto rickshaw.

Jodphur, Rajasthan, India

Jodhpur’s huge red sandstone fort dominates the Rajasthan landscape here and is filled with fascinating mahals – each with hundreds of intricately and uniquely carved stone screened jaalis or windows.

Jodphur, Rajasthan, IndiaThe blue city of Rajasthan certainly lives up to its name – no Photoshop here.

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India

At Jaisalmer we took the ubiquitous camel safari and witnessed the annual Rajasthan desert festival, complete with camel races.

Rajasthan, India

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