One-sentence impressions

I suppose this should have been my first post after returning from my trip up North, but I want to share my quick impressions of each of the cities we visited. Jaipur and Bhopal were my favorites, followed by Hyderabad, then Agra.

Jaipur: Dusty! The Dusty North! Roadside barbers, paan, friendly people. Lots of history, lots to do and see.

Two full days – what we saw:

  • Pink City
  • Gatore Ki Chhatriyan
  • Amber Palace
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Textiles and jewelry wholesale dealers
  • Monkey temple
  • Raj Mandir Cinema
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Hawa Mahal
  • Albert Hall Museum

Agra: like Niagara Falls in the sense that there are only a few things really worth seeing, and the rest of the town is pretty rundown and not all that pleasant. You don’t really need more than one day here.

A day and a half – what we saw:

  • Taj Mahal
  • Agra Fort
  • Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah
  • Taj Nature Walk

Bhopal: small city, pretty relaxed but with enough to do to keep you interested, lots of young college students.

Two full days – what we saw:

  • Madhya Pradesh State Museum
  • Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum
  • Bharat Bhavan gallery
  • Upper Lake
  • Upper Lake Boat House
  • Bhojeshwar Siva Temple, Bhojpur
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi
  • Taj-ul-Masajid

Hyderabad: large IT hub with obvious signs of metropolitanism, as well as a clear Muslim population – streets were noticeably less colorful with so many women wearing black burkas.

One day – what we saw:

  • Salar Jung Museum
  • Charminar
  • Birla Mandir
  • Paradise Biryani
  • NTR Gardens

What we wished we had had time for – give yourself more than a day in Hyderabad! :

  • Golconda Fort
  • Ramoji Film City
  • Shilparamam

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