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After i arrived at the train station in Jaipur, i got transportation to my host’s place. When i reached the place, i was shocked… Arun was the owner of the most beautiful hostel, that i had ever been!

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It was the Zostel Jaipur, that won me entirely from the first moment i stepped my foot in. Instantly i decided to stretch my stay here, for as long as i could. I would have to experience Jaipur, or “Pink City”, plus the amazing Rajasthan state! The atmosphere here is completely different than the other places that i had been until now and it is full of colors everywhere…

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So i wandered around at the streets of the Pink City,

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I saw the magnificent Hawa Mahal palace,

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crossed the clock tower,

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went at the bazaars

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and saw all of these gates, that the city is full of them.

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One day i also visited the extraordinary Monkey Temple. It was built 300 years ago, through the hills that surround Jaipur. It was a place for Hindu ascetics and even still now, you can feel the peacefulness and tranquility of the place.

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Also there is a small lake with a huge gate, which is super amazing!

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There i also met these crazy guys, who were in Jaipur for a wedding…

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After a while i decided to do what i came here for. Which was to feed the monkeys! This place is also famous, because the monkeys here are extremely friendly with humans. So it has become a tradition, in a scale that the name has changed to Monkey Temple. So first i observed how local people are doing it and then i tried… And it was a huge success! Check this video to see for yourselves.

 

 

The monkeys were indeed really friendly and i returned back to Zostel, with a huge smile on my face  😀

One of the next days i woke up and took the bus to Ajmer… Jay and his friend were waiting for me at the bus station there.

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All together we went to Foy Sagar lake, which is a very quiet and peaceful place.

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Afterwards we went to Jay’s house, where i met his landlord, her children and some more other guys from the neighborhood. We also watched a bollywood movie and had our delicious dinner! The next morning we all went to Pushkar, which is a very touristic small town, full of temples, colors and people with those traditional wearings.

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In Pushkar, there is the only Brahma temple all over India… So we obviously visited.

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The guys had to return to Ajmer and i continue to wander at the streets of Pushkar, until i found Zostel again! I walked in, got to meet with the guys and Tushar arranged to sleep there for one night for free… Thank you so much man  🙂  It is a wonderful hostel, but the images speak better than me!

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On the next morning, i said goodbye to the people i met there and took the bus to Ajmer. There i said also goodbye to Jay and his friends. Thank you so much for everything man!  😀

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Jay also called a taxi for me, to take me to the bus station. I got there and i returned to Jaipur while it was early afternoon.

The next day i visited the amazing Amber Fort, which was the main fort of Jaipur and the palace as well. I was totally impressed cause it’s totally huge…

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Everything is huge and majestic at this epic construction, that goes as far as the eye can see and even further! Just enjoy.

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The next week, i had a great task to accomplish. I was ready to go, at the Thar dessert, on the west frontier of Rajasthan. I took the night bus and on the next morning, i found myself chilling on a rooftop, with the view of the Jaisalmer fort!

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After some time, i found Ratan, my host in the dessert. Together we took a tuk tuk for his village, Chattrel.

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I met his lovely family there.

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I walked around the village.

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The area is quite touristic, because of the big sand dunes and the desert camel safari. But this place is 100% real. People are totally genuine and speak from their heart. They live simple lives, without comforts, but with big smiles! As i was wandering around, lots of people invited me to their house for chai. Like this man!

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Ibrahim is a camel owner, but the last months he has a stomach problem, so he cannot ride his camel. He invited me to his house, where we stayed for 2 hours, speaking about lots of subjects. Thank you very much Ibrahim  🙂

The next day i decided to go for 1 night and sleep alone in the dessert… So I took my backpack and after 30 mins of walking, i found this great sand dune, to set up my tent.

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I saw the amazing Thar sunset

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and after, i surrendered myself to the calmness and quietness of the dessert. Everything was so peaceful here and this silence, was filling your soul with great emotions!

Next morning i woke up and found Ratan in his house. We had breakfast and he escorted me to the tuk tuk stop. Thank you for this amazing experience Al Pacino… Ehhh sorry, i meant Ratan  😛

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The tuk tuk, left me at Jaisalmer, where i enjoyed the extra-super-awesome architecture of this old and traditional city!

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The last person i met, was Kamal, who was working in a hotel. It was a great pleasure to speak with this guy! Kamal has never been to school, yet he has graduated from the university of life, with excellent grades! He is the first man i have ever met, that he doesn’t know how old is he… He offered me chai and food and we discussed for 3 hours, about our life experiences. Thank you so much man, enjoy life as you know  😉

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It was the time to say goodbye to this beautiful land of Kings. I walked to the train station and got on the train to Jaipur.

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I was already feeling nostalgia about this vibrant and colorful place, that i am leaving behind. But it is time to move on to the next chapter. New destinations Lucknow – Kolkata – Thailand. Stay in touch…  😀

To Be Continued…