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Next Up: The Js


Jaipur, Jaisalmer and Jodphur are the Js. What do they have in common? Each has a fort that once served as protection high above the city, and each is referred to by color.

Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the Pink City so called because of the pink painted buildings lining the streets of the old walled city. A highlight here is the fortress/palace of Amber built in the 1500’s.

It sits high on a hillside which means a long walk to the top or opting to take the trek on an elephant.

As with other sites we have visited, the architectural details are magnificent. One can wander for hours taking them all in.

A unique feature of the Amber fortress is the use of mirrors on walls and ceilings. Their glimmering surfaces cast reflections in every direction.

While there is much more to share about Jaipur, let’s move on to Jaisalmer, the Golden City located in the desert near India’s western border with Pakistan.

Here, too, is a fortress, and unlike others it continues to be inhabited, and its alleyways are alive with activity.

Ornate havelis dating back centuries and once home to wealthy merchants are still intact.

I love the color that changes from place to place

and signs of life that abound.

The main tourist attraction in Jaisalmer is a camel ride in the desert. I have to confess that the experience won’t go down as a highlight of this adventure!

The third J is Jodphur, the Blue City. Blue is said to be the color favored by Lord Shiva as well as a way of identifying property owned by the Brahmins, members of the highest caste. Speaking of caste, I am somewhat confused by the difference between it and class which were the terms used by guides to define social structure.In Jodphur, as in other places, what strikes me most are sights of people doing everyday things.

I’m taken in by its vibrancy

displayed in so many ways.

Here and elsewhere I am continually amazed and sometimes frightened by people and vehicles vying for space in what seems to be a most disorderly fashion. While that may seem unusual to me as a visitor, I suspect those who live here see it as nothing more than a way of life.

Again and again during this adventure, I am struck by the differences between my own life and that in this sprawling country, and I cannot help but wonder how it would be perceived by those who I am observing.

19 thoughts on “Next Up: The Js

  1. Such beautiful pictures! I enjoy your commentary and hope there is more to share when we see each other next. Love the camel. Did you part friends?

  2. Wonderful travelogue with beautiful, well-chosen pictures. While I have not been to India, I am struck by how similar the architecture there is to so much in the Arab world, especially Egypt and Turkey.

  3. I loved the photos! I was looking for familiar faces! Just in the last week someone posted a photo from the fort of a lady! I have a photo of the same lady, but some 3 years later, so the baby must be a new one! 🙂 We loved our trip from Delhi to Agra to Jaisalmer and many points in between!! And would much rather ride camels, instead of elephants!!

  4. Linda, a favorite of mine on this India adventure is you riding the camel! And ALL THE COLORS with food among them. You are a real trooper, Linda. Can you believe the many different cultures all over the world? Thanks for sharing this voyage.

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