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India (Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur)
Well, I finally got around to making this. I was hoping someone else had been and would do it so I didn't have to. After combing through about 1,000 pics I got it down to 60, and will try not to post all of those, but will probably fail. This page will probably load like shite.

Without further ado, I present India.

Everything you've heard about India is correct. It is dirty. It is chaotic. It is loud. It is depressing. But it also full of color and life, thousands of years of history, and is probably one of the most interesting places in the world. As one commentator put it, "India is one of the few places in the world where you can still feel like Indiana Jones."

This is Atma Thakur, my driver through our two weeks in India. He's from Himachal Pradesh, and comes down to Delhi every tourist season to drive. I don't know how he does it, but I know he sometimes drives people around for 3 weeks at a time. He's on call all day for your transportation needs. He couldn't have been more courteous, and I still email him to this day. His website is discoverwithatma.com.



My (now) wife was to take the bar exam in July 2013. We were looking for a trip to take in August when we saw cheap fares to Delhi and thought, "What the hell?" Monsoon season they say? Can't be that bad compared to New Orleans. 20 something hours in coach, landing at 3AM and setting off from our hotel later that morning for Humayan's Tomb. AND IT IS frickING HOT! I have never felt any like it before. The shade of a tree was no respite. We looked at each with that look, that "we just made a big mistake" look.

Humayan's Tomb:


These guys were working hard moving dirt. For what purpose? I have no idea. But at least Monsoon brings lush green vegetation:


We then head to the Rajpath. This is pretty much set up just like the US Capitol with the Washington Monument. In the distance you can see Rashtrapi Bhaven (White House). This was home to the Viceroy under British Colonial rule. A time period I have always been interested in. We happened to be there during some big festival or something, so it was jam packed. Get used to that in India.



The gates around the "White House"


Opposite this is India Gate, which is a monument to India's wars. That other archway you can see used to hold the statue of King George. Apparently, there was talk of putting Ghandi there, but nothing has happened yet.


Off we go to southern Delhi to the ancient site of Qutb Minar. The detail on every thing in India is incredible:




We got some lunch. If you didn't know, Indian food is way hotter than anything in Louisiana, by about 100 miles. I'm not very good at chronicling my food, so sorry about that. We did chat with these kids playing some sandlot cricket, something you'll see all the time.


I would be misleading if I didn't give a complete picture. Yes, that says "Clean Delhi, Green Delhi" You'll also see many maimed people in the streets with various disabilities, walking on their hands, asking for money, etc. It can be sad or overwhelming, but this is life in most of the world.



From Delhi we rode to Agra. Holy shite driving in India is wild. On their interstates, cows just chill in the road and people drive around them at 70MPH. Somehow we survived. Agra is home to the Taj Mahal. Agra is not a great city by even Indian standards. It's best to see what you came for, and leave, but it is worth it.

Again, it was a festive time. I believe some kind of Muslim holiday or something so the Taj was busier than hoped on the inside. However, there were separate theme park ride type queues for Indian females, Indian Males, tourist males and females to get in. Here is where I mention, if you are not Indian (I'm white), you are a superstar, a wonder, and possible a circus sideshow. Every one takes a look at you as you walk by. If you want to know why that movie star was a dick to you that one time, this is how you find out. In any event, this was cool because my line passed between the male and female Indian lines, and I felt like Drew Brees leaving the tunnel or Brad Pitt.

Oh here's the Taj:




From Agra you could head to Rathambore Park to try to see Tigers, but the parks are closed during the Monsoon season, so be mindful of that in your plans. Outside of Agra is a complex called Fatehpur Sikri. Some Mughal built it as his capital, never moved in, and was abandoned 3 years later or something. What a waste! This area is now a Muslim enclave.




On the way from Agra to Jaipur, you can deviate to see the Chand Baori Step Well. This is all that is in the village, but it was made famous in the Dark Knight Rises. It made up the prison Batman, Bane, etc were in.




Jaipur's is home to Amber Fort/Palace. India pretty much has a fort or palace every 50 feet, like Europe has castles. Every Mughal built one when he had 10 minutes of free time. They are all grand and huge but after awhile, you may have seen them all. It is home to a few other historical sites. It is the home of the jewelry trade in Rajasthan, and is where you can do stuff with elephants if you are inclined. It is also home to a movie theater called the Jag Mandir. This is where we saw the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of all time at that time called "Chennai Express." It had maybe 40 words of English, just the line "Don't underestimate the power of the common man!" at critical scenes, but I loved it. Indian people love the movies.

Amber Fort/Palace (Yes, that's a cobra):







Walking and swimming with elephants. No big deal:



The Movies! Crappy Cell phone, sorry.




Oh, they love building lake palaces in India too. This one you couldn't visit but was outside the window of hotel balcony.





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From here we set off to Udaipur, which is a nice lake district. If the other parts of India are just too big and too crowded, this would be more your speed. On the way, we stopped by Chittogarph Fort which takes up a whole hill overlooking the area.



This tower is surrounded by monkeys. You can climb up it by going around and around and around very narrow passages. Not for old people. Felt like adventure. Again, the details.





Here's a monkey hanging out with a boner (NSFW):


Udaipur is pretty cool. In the middle of Lake Pichola there is a former palace now Taj hotel (very expensive and opulent, hotel guests only), some other palace type thing also called Jag Mandir that can be reached by boat tour from the Lake Palace on the shore. There was a small hindu temple near our hotel. Across there some random restaurant we went into. Our waiter couldn't speak English, so we pointed out our order but he could say "SIZZLER!" The "Sizzler" was very good. The Amet Haveli is a great place to eat at night, not sure how the accommodations are. Udaipur palace on the left, Taj hotel former palace on the right. I shat on the back of my shorts at the palace on the lake, which was a pretty good outcome considering the circumstances.



You can head up to Monsoon Palace to get a great view of the city. They start to stretch the term "palace" at this point but whatever.




From here we stopped in a village called Pushkar. The whole town is vegetarian and I don't think drinking is allowed either. I don't have many photos of this place because I left my camera charger in Udaipur. Atma was able to have someone drive it up to Delhi I'm telling you, hire the man. Anywho, I had a great time in Pushkar, we went on a camel ride, ran into some gypsies, then drank rum and coke with the Camel owner Azul, his friends, and other drivers Atma was friends with. Was pretty incredible.

Here's the gypsies:


From here we went back to Delhi. Delhi is the original part of Delhi, while "New Delhi" is the modern portion. Delhi is full of alleys and shops, etc. Next to it is the Jama Masjid mosque. I recommend doing the Salaam Balaak Trust Walk with former street kids.



Well, I hope I didn't bore you too much. I end with the faces of India.




This post was edited on 7/11 at 10:27 am


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Bravo!! Excellent job, excellent job


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Hey, thanks for comment Breauxsif. Took awhile to get up the energy so I appreciate it.


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This is awesome! Love to see a 3rd person perspective.


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Thanks for the pics.

I miss my night at the Taj.


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We had a brief feature on this site to embed videos. I have a couple short ones I would have liked to do that with.

I guess I should start making a YouTube album of my videos.


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I miss my night at the Taj.


You stay at the one in Udaipur?


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cool


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Awesome. I would love to go to india just to see the chaos.

Where were the sexy light skin bollywood types hanging?


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Where were the sexy light skin bollywood types hanging?




I think Bollywood operates out of Mumbai. I didn't even scratch the surface of India.

I had originally planned to visit the burning ghats of Varanasi, but we ended up hitting a good Monsoon, so even though we barely saw any rain, the Ganges was just too high. That's how we ended up in Udaipur and Pushkar. I think my wife appreciated the fact we weren't going to see a bunch of dead bodies.

Southern India has a ton of stuff to do as well, just don't know when I'll get back.
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Great post:
Always appreciate the insight on future countries to travel.


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Amazing. This is a dream trip of mine. Great photos.


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Added!





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I can't find the India review in the pinned thread?
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Re-posted.... thanks for the heads up.



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No problem, I figured I was just missing it somehow.


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Awesome! I am going there in November and have a lot of questions for you. Same trip basically, flying into Delhi. First of all, how much did it cost to have the personal driver for the trip? We will be there 10 days and I was planning on doing trains for travel.


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Awesome! I am going there in November and have a lot of questions for you. Same trip basically, flying into Delhi. First of all, how much did it cost to have the personal driver for the trip? We will be there 10 days and I was planning on doing trains for travel.



Yo! I think it came out to about $300/$350. Though, one India expert I was communicating with said that was a little high. I had no problem with it from an American standard

As for trains, I had thought about doing them as well, since they are kind of famous. However, I read they can be kind of confusing to figure out, so I say it depends on your international experience (dealing with touts, scams, calmness etc) if you want to go that route. This was my first trip with my now wife, and I had only been to Greece/Turkey before, so simplifying some thing was a priority.

Any other questions I'll be sure to be checking back often now I know you're asking.

Ranthambore should be open during your visit. Cricket should be as well.
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Thanks! Yep, the money is not really the issue. I would like to travel by train because I enjoy it, but it would be nice and easy to have a private driver. I'm kind of torn. I've done a bit of international travel, but this is my first trip to India.

What about hotels? In general, I find they are very inexpensive and just wanted to know what your experience was with any specific ones you stayed at. In the process of booking them now...

Also, any specific restaurants where you may have had an outstanding meal? Food is always a huge part of my travels.

Again, we are basically going to be in the same places you visited, so any specific info about good experiences you had would be appreciated!


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