Udaipur, India, called the Venice of India, and the White City turned out to be the nicest city we visited in India. Beautiful white buildings and palaces along canals offering great views of the water and surrounding countryside. Great restaurants and cafes, many with rooftop views, and shopping can be found everywhere in a city of small winding streets choked with traffic. The city is very popular with tourists, both foreign and with a new generation of Indian tourists as well.
After celebrating New Years in Jodhpur we boarded a bus to head deeper into the desert to explore the city of Jaisalmer, a living fort in the middle of the Thar desert not far from the border with Pakistan. And while we were there we decided to check out the desert itself for a couple nights on a camel safari!
After our tour of the Taj Mahal and celebrating Christmas in Agra we boarded another train west into the desert, to Rajasthan and the city of Jodhpur. Jodhpur, the blue city, has been the home of the Maharaja's of Rajasthan for centuries, and is home to one of the largest castles still surviving in Rajasthan. And we were just in time to visit for Maharaja's New Year's fireworks.
The Taj Mahal is one of the most iconic and recognizable buildings in the world, and was our next destination in India. And since we were going to be in India for the Christmas holiday we thought what better place to be than at the Taj Mahal. So we got our Santa hats ready and boarded a train for Agra, India!
With our Indian visas in hand, after our week long wait in Kathmandu, we arrived finally at the town of Sonauli on the border between India and Nepal. We were finally about to step foot into one of the countries we had been anticipating the most, India. We have bumped into many fellow world travelers along our journey and all who had traveled through India had stories to tell, some good some bad. We really weren't sure exactly what to expect, but we knew it would be unlike any other country we had been to before. Love it or hate it, we were about to experience the craziness that is India.