The food was great. Pace my fears, northern food did not lack spice! I didn’t get to try everything, but I didn’t have any dish that was too creamy or bland. However, the masala tea was varying in quality, and sometimes disappointing/bland.
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We had a rough start, and in truth, I didn’t really want to come. I am a traveler; my husband and I had been backpacking Asia for 3 months, but I had read the news and heard the horror stories. I was scared. My husband really wanted this trip and I didn’t want to let him down, so I agreed.
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Our last day in India we took a cooking class from a local in Delhi, Nitin. We spent the majority of the afternoon (about 6 hours) with him in his home and had a wonderful time. When we chose this class it felt like the perfect combination for us: Megan would get to talk and interact in a small group with a local, and Christopher would get to cook and learn new foods; respectively, our favorite parts of India. We were right!
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Our first stop in the district of Agra was Fort Fatehpur Sikri. We stopped here while driving into the city of Agra. This fort was founded by Emperor Akbar as the capital. They started construction in 1569. It took 15 years to build the fort, but the royal family left the fort in 1585, 19 years after beginning construction. They were forced to leave their new home and return to the city of Agra because the spring-fed lake had gone dry.
The fort has been used since by other families and governments. It is in good condition today. It has a five mile walk around the fort and a mosque inside, built for the original royal family. Continue reading “Agra “
Another national park visited! We love our national parks at home (USA) and we enjoy seeing other countries’ national parks as well. This park started as hunting grounds for the Maharaja of Rajasthan but now it is a major wildlife tourist destination. It covers 392 sq km and has a 10th century Fort on top one of its hills. The fort isn’t open for visit but overlooks the park as a reminder of its royal history.
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Pushkar is one of the oldest cities in India and it is one of 5 sacred site for pilgrimages for Hindus. The city sits on the shore of Pushkar lake, a holy lake. There are 52 ghats surrounding the lakes for people to bathe in the holy water.
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Udaipur is known as the city of lakes: it has seven lakes which are all connected by canals. The city is also is surrounded by the Aravalli Mountain Range.
Our first site was the impressive City Palace of Udaipur. This palace was built over 400 years by 4 Maharajas starting in 1553. The first Maharaja decided to move his capital to Udaipur due to the safety of the surrounding mountains and water supply. The palace sites next to the Pichola Lake, which is the biggest lake in Udaipur.
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