Land of Kings
by Susanne & Andy Carvin
In November 2001, we spent two weeks touring India's Rajasthan state. Famous for its medieval forts and maharaja palaces, Rajasthan is one of the most visited places in India. But with our trip coming less than two months after the September 11 attacks, Rajasthan was largely devoid of tourists, giving us a unique opportunity to explore the region and experience it without the usual crowds.
Below you'll find a collection of photo galleries highlighting some of the places we visited during our trip. We hope you enjoy the photos!
Jaipur & Amber Fort: The Pink City of Jaipur is the historic gateway into Rajasthan, while Amber Fort stands as a reminder of the power of the early Rajput maharajas.
The Pushkar Camel Fair: One of the most famous livestock fairs in the world, the Pushkar Camel Fair attracts people from all over India.
Jaisalmer & the Thar Desert: Jaisalmer, the golden city of the Thar Desert, is a throwback to the heydays of the Silk Road. The only inhabited medieval fort city in India, Jaisalmer is unlike any other place in the subcontinent.
Udaipur: Perhaps the most romantic city in India, Udaipur is a city of grand palaces and shimmering water, perhaps most famous for the Lake Palace, now a luxury hotel.
Chittorgarh: The ruined fortress of Chittorgarh, several hours' drive from Udaipur, is a stark reminder of Rajasthan's lost kingdoms. Three times in its history, Chittorgarh was destroyed by invaders. Rather than surrender, the residents of the fortress committed suicide -- the men fighting to their deaths in battle, the women self-immolating themselves on a funeral pyre.
Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth
(Susanne & Andy's Photo Journal)
Susanne and Andy's Subcontinental Adventure
(India travelogue from November 1996)