Some favorite moments from our trip below (apologies to those who've seen some of these images on my Instagram account):
+ Finally, finally getting to see an elephant in India! I was so excited to see the painted elephants that give tourists rides up to the top of the fort that I gave our driver a laugh, calling out "haati! haati!" ("elephant! elephant!") every time we passed one.
(Total side note: I've been working on my Hindi a little, and recently learned that all the character names in Disney's The Jungle Book are just the Hindi name of that animal. Colonel Haati? Colonel Elephant. Baloo? Totally means bear. Bhageera? Panther. Had no idea.)
+ Seeing the City Palace and it's "four seasons" courtyard, with four beautiful doors (um, and archways) represented each of the four seasons. I believe the one above represented summer, and the door on the first picture of this post represented spring.
+ Getting countless cups of chai with Savil's family. Every hour on the hour! :)
While visiting the city was wonderful, it really inspired me to put more effort into learning about the history and current events (or even literature?) surrounding these places. Do any of you find that learning about the place adds to your experience of it? How do you go about finding out more about the places you visit?