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Rajasthanis, Sikhs, and the Dalai Lama!

Hello! Well, since the last time we've chatted I've left Mumbai and have traveled through the oh so picturesque Indian state of Rajasthan, as well as to Amritsar - the home of the Sikh Golden Temple - and to the home of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exhile, Dharamsala!

Beautiful landscape, colorful saris, and friendly faces made the trip through Rajasthan an amazing experience. I started out in Udaipur where the James Bond film, Octopussy, was filmed.

Udaipur city is situated on a lake where floating palaces are strewn across.

We took a sunset boat trip around the lake to get up close and personal with the floating palaces.

The Rajasthanis are very friendly and photogenic people with vibrantly colored turbans and saris.

From Udaipur I went to Pushkar, which is a holy pilgrimage place for the Hindus. It was a quiet place to hang out and chat with fellow travelers. I slept in a tent on top of a hotel during my time there and had an interesting experience when we were invaded by the local monkey.

After Pushkar it was off to Jaipur where I celebrated the Hindu festival Holi - celebration for the start of Spring which consisted of throwing colored powder and water at each other - and to see the annual elephant festival.

The golden city of Jaisalmer was next destination on the list to catch a camel ride into the Thar Dessert. A night sleeping under the stars while being entertained with traditional Rajasthani music was a much needed change in atmosphere.

From the golden city it was off to the blue city of Jodhpur.

After a day in Jodhpur I caught the train to head north to the home of the Sikh Golden Temple, Amritsar in Punjab. It was in Amritsar that I was able to come close to crossing into Pakistan, but decided to sit back and watch the gate closing ceremony instead.

I'm now chilling out in the home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile, Dharamsala. Surrounded by snowcapped mountain peaks and green forests it feels like I left India and went back to Nepal. Breathing fresh air again and escaping the heat was a much needed change.

Posted by benji2020 02:18 Archived in India

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Great pictures, Ben. I'm glad you decided not to venture into Pakistan. Stay safe. We miss you.
See you in May. Love, Mary Ann

by Mary Ann Zink

Ever time I look at your blog I'm just amazed at the experiences you are having! Floating castles, camels in the desert, amazing cities - wow!!
We are going to the lake on Sat. night for dinner - first time to see the new and improved lake house. Enjoy the last few weeks of your travels and we look forward to seeing you in May.

by Sue Bunjer

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