What makes Rajasthan so special, so attractive to tourists from within the country and abroad? After all it’s a dry state on India’s western border with appalling levels of poverty and backwardness. But it’s also the most colourful state, the land of forts and puppets and handicrafts, and exquisite Jain temples tucked away in the most unlikely places.
I took a week-long road tour through some of the driest parts of the state, driving through Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Mandore, Osiyan, Kichan, Pokhran, Khejarli, Ranakpur, Kumbhalgarh and ending the trip at the beautiful lake city of Udaipur. Here I would like to share some of the most romantic impressions. I hope the pictures will speak for themselves so I shall give only one-line captions.