INDIA - A JOURNEY FROM RISHIKESH TO JAISALMER.
Embarking into an adventure like India is something that has always intrigued me, and after being there, I can’t forget a single moment of such an exquisite experience.
In India all your senses are awaken at all times, the reason being is almost unexplainable so I’ll try my best to share my experience in this post, a taste of Yoga in the Himalayas to seeing the Milky Way in the desert at the borders of Pakistan.
Arriving in Jaipur was rather fortunate since it’s a much more safer city than Delhi for example. It was 3 am in the morning when I booked an Uber from the airport to bring me to my AirBnB, on the road I saw a car coming agains us, the driver was on the wrong lane and the Uber driver seemed to be calm about it, happened to be that there was a police checkpoint and apparently that driver wanted to avoid passing by it… So, on the way to the AirBnB, we got lost so I came down and after an hour or two being lost in the middle of the night with all my backpack I started asking the small motorcycle-car drivers if they knew the address of the AirBnB, apparently I was going in circles as the place was hidden in a small alley. So on my way walking there, a gang of dongs approached me, I jumped inside a small motorcycle-car that passed by and asked him to bring me through the alley to my final destination which I could finally find when the AirBnB owner answered the phone and guided the driver.
It all seemed fine finally, then… 6am, an elephant sound wakes me up. (not your usual rooster)
I head out for breakfast at a fantastic rooftop above Fab India, a really neat store where I bought my first Indian costume for the trip.
Next, I went to Amber fort where to my surprise a crew from Bollywood was filming and there was horses, actors, a huge set, cameras and action ongoing, so I went up to a very special restaurant at the fort itself which happened to be one of the very finest and best restaurants of Jaipur, it was certainly the most magical place I ever dinned at. It has views to the Amber Fort, rooms made of silver and gold, private dinning facing another megastructure called The Tiger Fort of Jaipur and a clear starry sky at night.
The next day I played with Cobras in the streets and visited the Royal Palace of Jaipur, between other attractions, I enjoyed playing with the elephants in a private elephant farm where the creatures are being treated well. Visited jewelry and textile suppliers exploring business opportunities and observing the way the business people interacts with foreigners.
India is a country of trade, everyone I came across in there, has a hard working business mentality.
After a long day, drinking tea on the rooftop of the 5 levels AirBnB I was staying at was just the perfect closing.
A few days later after exploring a big part of Jaipur was time to embark to what was gonna be the most magical place to my opinion in the whole region, Rishikesh.
A long bus ride at night, stopping in the middle of the misty mountains to drink chai tea, to then reaching early in the morning became such an adventure itself but it was worthwhile.