Pink, Blue, Brown, White city - Colorful Rajasthan

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12th Oct 2012

#Smile #camel

Photo of Pink, Blue, Brown, White city - Colorful Rajasthan by Samantha Mascarenhas

#ZenanaDeodi intricate #sandstone #carvings

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#Jaswant Thada

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#MotiMahal #coloredGlassPanes

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The view of #blueCity

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An interesting vanity box

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Photo of Pink, Blue, Brown, White city - Colorful Rajasthan by Samantha Mascarenhas

#CanonBall dents

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#MehrangarhFort

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#SardarMarket - Girdikot, old city market gat

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#JaswantThada #whiteMarble

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#Daulatkhana #Palanquin

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#TitanicHotel the BEST

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#JaisalmerFort

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The lanes inside Jaisalmer fort

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Jain temple inside Jaisalmer Fort

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#NathmaljiKiHaveli

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#SalimSinghKiHaveli

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#PatwonKiHaveli inside

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#Sunset

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My ride, his care taker and me

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#SandDune #TharDesert

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#MarriageCounseling

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#JaisalmerFort Entrance

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The view of #brownCity

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#RajasthaniThali

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#GadisarLake home to the swampy #catfish

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#AmberFort and Palace

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#GaneshPol #AmberFort

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#SheeshMahal #AmberFort

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#MaotaLake

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#CharBagh and #SukhNiwas #AmberFort

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From underground passage to the tall fort wal

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#JaigarhFort

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Worlds Largest Cannon on wheels

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View from #JaigarhFort

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View of #MaotaLaki from #JaigarhFort

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#JalMahal #Jaipur

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#HawaMahal #Jaipur

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#Jaipur street festive parade

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Gov.Central (#AlbertHall) Museum #Jaipur

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#JantarMantar #Udaipur

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#Jaipur

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Big Papad and #MalaiLassi

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#RajMandirCinema #Jaipur

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Accommodation in #Jaipur

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#LakePichola view of #NatniKaChabutara

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#Tripolia #Udaipur #CityPalace

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#UdaipurCityPalace

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#ZenanaMahal #UdaipurCityPalace

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#SuryaGokhda #UdaipurCityPalace

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#MotiMahal #UdaipurCityPalace

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Ladies Chamber #UdaipurCityPalace

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#UdaipurCityPalace #Courtyard #MorChowk

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#KanchKiBurj #UdaipurCityPalace

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#BadiMahal #UdaipurCityPalace

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#JagdishTemple

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Udaipur streets

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The view of #whiteCity

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#Swaroop Sagar

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Street during Navratri

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#LakePichola #Sunset

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#JagmandirIslandPalace

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either side of the same wall #Jagmandir

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#JagmandirIslandPalace

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#TajLakePalace #Octupussy

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#TajLakePalace #Octupussy #Sunset

Photo of Pink, Blue, Brown, White city - Colorful Rajasthan by Samantha Mascarenhas

#NatniKaChabutara

Photo of Pink, Blue, Brown, White city - Colorful Rajasthan by Samantha Mascarenhas

Rajashtan! It is one of the most colorful (in culture, art, clothing, festivity, people) states in India. I am just in Love with this state and will definitely return for more. Rajasthan has many tourist cities and a week is just not enough to absorb the new experiences. The people are so FRIENDLY and so humble. In my opinion the non-"royal" folk of Rajasthan are the epitome of simplicity and content.

Getting there, it all depends on where you want to start your journey. There are train stations in every major city connecting to other states. By air the only international airport is in Jaipur. If you are traveling from India, the domestic airports are in Kota, Bikaner, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Jaipur & Jaisalmer(which is open only during a specific part of the year)

As for me, I will always opt for the economical option TRAINS. My route was Jodhpur(blue city) - Jaisalmer(Brown city) - Jaipur(Pink city) - Udaipur(White city). I use a logical thumb rule while traveling...in order to avoid accommodation costs, travel between locations as much as possible during nights that way you have the entire day to browse the place and a place to rest at night. I had pre-booked all my train journeys a month in advance for this trip.

Accommodation tips, I cannot stress this any further but tripadvisor has varied options for hotels, be it luxury or budget; that is obviously in my opinion. Find the one that suits you the best, the reviews on tripadvisor will help you decide based on hotel up keep and accessibility to the main city and attractions. Most hotels will provide complimentary pick up and drop offs. 

For this trip I made my accommodation choices in advance, I jotted down the phone numbers of the hotels and informed them of my arrival a day before. Some of them asked me to pay in advance in order to book a room. I chose to stay at Jaisalmer, Jaipur and Udaipur.

Food. Food. Food. The rajasthani people conformed to different cooking techniques in order to adapt to their water scarce region; the food is very rich as it cooked in Ghee, milk or yogurt; its very nutritional as it consists of Jowar and Bajra. Rajasthan offers gastronomic local delicacies, spicy curries and delectable sweets!! 

In most of my trip I find that my fellow tourists hardly ever opt for the local cuisine and eat what they eat every other day(burgers,pizzas NO NO NO!). Its so sad that they miss out the best past of a regions culture. I walked helter-skelter to taste the distinct famed dal-baati-churma, and it was worth it! The rajasthani thali, gatte Ka saag, rajasthani Khadi, bajre ka sogra, Mirchi vada, Lahsun Chutney, Laal Maas, laapsi, the malai lassi, mawa kachori!! YUMMY! just re-collecting the names tickles my taste buds.

Things to do. known for its Lakes, desert, palaces and majestic forts, Rajasthan has plenty of those. One can sit by a lake and write a sonnet; roam the walls of the forts hoping to find spirits whose tales are better than anything a tour guide has to offer; watch the colors of city in their traditionally dressed women, men in colorful turbans; go for a desert safari (overnight to watch the sunset & sunrise OR just a day safari); have a glimpse of simplicity first hand in the lives of the people living in these deserts with their cattle(cow, camel, sheep, lamb); or listen to the folk music and watch the folk dance; see how the royals lived and still live by visiting some of the palaces; Or eating the local cuisine;  just walk about the roads of the city

A few necessary and useful tips:

  1. For group travelers, try not to be so engrossed in your own group and mingle with the locals, you might learn a thing or two about the place.
  2. Carry a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated
  3. You HAVE to try the local rajasthani cuisine
  4. Do not liter on the roads or in the deserts
For a day visit you can keep your luggage at the railway cloak room and just take your valuables along. I did the same as I had a train to Jaisalmer the same night. You can hire a auto-rickshaw from outside the railway station, but only after settling on a decent fare.
Photo of Jodhpur Railway Station, Ratanada, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
It is the old village market in the city and displays a lot of colorful options, be it handicrafts, fabric or spices. It is quite crowded and might be a bit too much for some people. A functional clock tower is right in the middle of this market. For quick bites, the famously hyped omelet guy will do and sweeten it down with some malai lassi.
Photo of Sardar Market, Sri Ganganagar, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
It is a large fort and there is a lot to see, from a family of 3 singing rajasthani songs while their kid puts on a dance; puppet show; the sea of blue houses from the top of the fort; the museums displaying old artifacts, artillery, palanquins; basically you can spend a lot of time here.
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
A white marble mausoleum, just a serene place to relax, very quiet and the cool breeze can put you to sleep. From here, I wiled away my time at the Umaid Palace museum and Zoo. A quick dinner(some Laal Maas) and mawa kachori at Janta sweet home was a perfect way to end the day and head to the railway station from my next destination.
Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
By far the best in service and cost.
Photo of Titanic Hotel, Fort Road, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaisalmer Fort, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Nathmal Ji Ki Haveli, Sadar Bazar, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Salim Singh Ki Haveli, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Patwon-Ki-Haveli, Amar Sagar Pol, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Titanic hotel arranges for overnight desert safari at a very considerable rate for its guests or non guests. Unfortunately I missed this but made up for it partly with a morning desert safari which was a good experience too.
Photo of Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Gadisar Lake, Postal Colony, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaigarh Fort, Devisinghpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaigarh Fort, Devisinghpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaigarh Fort, Devisinghpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jaigarh Fort, Devisinghpura, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jal Mahal, Amer Road, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Hawa Mahal, Ajmer Road, Ganpati Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Albert Hall, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jantar Mantar - Jaipur, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
If you come upon this theatre on the outside it is very ordinary compared to the lavish settings of its interior. It was a pleasant surprise.
Photo of Raj Mandir Cinema, Ajmer Road, Ganpati Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Lake Pichola, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of City Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jagdish Temple, Silawatwari, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
Photo of Jagmandir Island Palace, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India by Samantha Mascarenhas
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Article is very informative and gives all basic details. But I fail to understand since when Jaisalmer became brown city, it is in fact known as golden city. Writer should have thrown some light on fine archoitecture visible in buildings of Jaisalmer. 1 picture of a Jaisalmer haveli is described as Nath mal ki Haveli, it is actually Mandir palace, where some members of royal family still reside
Sat 08 11 18, 01:08 · Reply · Report
Your article is so clear, meat and informative. The best part is that you have summed up the whole thing at the end and yes Samantha missing Rajasthani cuisine in this city is equal to a sin for me. Well till date White city of Rajasthan or Udaipur seems to be the best for me.
Sun 01 10 16, 20:35 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you. :)
Sat 03 11 17, 07:05 · Report
I have been to all the cities of Rajasthan and I agree with you that you cannot come and go within a week from Rajasthan. The city just pulls you back. Udaipur or the White city of Rajasthan is the most developed and planned city of the state.
Sun 01 10 16, 20:16 · Reply · Report
Yes! I have been to all. Call it the Pink City of Jaipur or the White city of Rajasthan which is Udaipur, I just cannot compare which one is better. Each place has something unique in store and never fails to surprise the visitors with the colours of it.
Sun 01 10 16, 10:49 · Reply · Report
Udaipur or the White city of Rajasthan is simply royal and an attraction in itself. The City Palace on the banks of the Pichola Lake looks extravagant. The food which you get in Rajasthan is however good anywhere starting from Jaipur to Jodhpur to Bikaner to everywhere else.
Sun 01 10 16, 07:17 · Reply · Report
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