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The Rat Temple

Rat Temple The story goes that one of the gods, angry with another-decreed that all her relatives would be reincarnated as rates.  Wells rats are not—they are family and live very well at the oddest temple in India.  Thousands of them, but well-fed rats have constant bowls of milk and containers of wheat [...]

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Jaisalmer Sunset A few more hundred kilometers west again from Jodhpur lies Jaisalmer—the “Golden City” which has the look of a giant sand castle. Although the fort is not as high as the one in Jodhpur, it has all the grandeur.  Errol Flynn and the French Foreign Legion would be right at home [...]

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Jodphur A couple of hundred kilometers west of Jaipur lies Jodhpur, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Marwar—the largest kingdom in Rajasthan and the third largest in India.  The desert Kingdoms retained their autonomy until well after Indian Independence in 1949.  It was their strategic border “sand buffer”, with hostile Pakistan than [...]

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Amber Fort (Jaipur)

Amber Fort Jaipur This imposing fortress-palace was built as part of the ancient capital of Jaipur state.  Situated on a rocky mountainside, Amber Fort is stunning sand gold in the morning light.  A quick 9-rupee (12 cents) local bus ride gets us to the base in record time, just in time to see [...]

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Jaipur Jaipur is the main “gateway” city to the desert “fort” cities in Rajasthan. It was a planned city, started fairly recently in 1727 when the Maharaja decided to move down from his more imposing, but more logistically challenging mountain fortress. The Maharaja laid the entire old fort area into setsquares, each with [...]

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