Over the holidays Bob and I went to India to visit my family and we all went to Jodhpur and Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. Some photos below.
Driving into the desert. Jaisalmer is almost at the Pakistan border. We saw tons of BSF (Border Security Force, a division of the Indian Army) trucks on the way.
Lunch break at a hotel half way from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. The whole group – my dad (as always glued to his phone), mom, sisters, kunal (brother in law) and bob.
Bob was very jealous of all the Rajasthani moustaches. Here is one of his favorites – the doorman at the lunch place.
Mandore temple and gardens in Jodhpur. This is only one of the tons of beautiful temples here.
Sunset in the desert was really beautiful. The desert camp had tons of peacocks, some of whom watched the sunset with us.
The folk singers at the camp happened to be really good, which helped because it was ridiculously cold and hard to sit around outside for very long. Not that being “inside” helped since we stayed in tents.
Tourists watching the sunrise on top of dunes. We abandoned our camel ride up the dunes after my mom and little sister fell off a camel, and walked up instead. There was a great little chai and noodles cart on top of the dunes.
The Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur alone was worth the trip. The Jain temple inside the fort has some of the most beautiful sculptures I have ever seen.
The queen’s bedroom inside the fort – the balls in the ceiling are from belgium and reflected the oil lamps to light up the whole room. Innovation in the 15th century!
Patwon Haveli in Jaisalmer. Haveli literally means mansion. This one was built for 5 brothers in the early 19th century and is still occupied by their descendents!
And of course no trip to rajasthan is complete without shopping :) At a textiles shop in Jodhpur.