Often considered as on par to the Taj Mahal is the less famous Jain Temple in Ranakpur. It’s hard to even label Ranakpur a village, it appears to be not much more than a bus stop with a kiosk and a hotel, all set in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest.
The temple is still in active use, so tourists are only allowed to visit after noon. Like the Taj Mahal it is made of marble which is richly carved.
There are 1444 pillars, and each of them is carved differently.
In addition to the main temple there are some smaller temples around Ranakpur.
Pushkar is an important religious site for Hindus and became also popular among western hippies decades ago. Even though is religious importance it is a quiet little city with hardly any cars driving around
Jaisalmer – the golden city – is one of the few cities which still has a living fort.
As this is the main road into the fort it is obvious why there aren’t many cars inside, making it very relaxed to walk.
It is quite obvious why Jaisalmer is called the golden city. The nicely sculpted sandstone decorated many houses.
Bada Bagh is a complex that consists of several cenotaphs. It is located next to Jaisalmer and is made of the same beautiful sandstone.
Some impressions while travelling – from state capitals to charming smaller towns.
Rajasthan’s state capital: Jaipur, with its over 3mio inhabitants, has the byname pink city. Not extremely photogenic, but a good starting point for travelling through Rajasthan.
Really useful while travelling via bus are the many street vendors selling food and drinks at every smaller stop. You don’t even have to leave the bus.
Much smaller, but more charming and with very friendly people: Bundi with its impressive Taragarh Fort.
From the pink city, to Bundi, to the blue city: Jodhpur. No questions why it’s called this way.
The last years were unexpectedly quiet when it came to photography projects. Fortunately I found some time to edit many of those pictures, which were still waiting on my computer to get published. So let’s start with an image of the Taj Mahal.
The sky wasn’t the most rewarding, but I think it was still worth to get up at 5 a.m.