Sunset at the Stepwell and a Hidden Temple

Driving from Delhi to Agra and then to Jaipur takes a long long looooong time. It's a really great way to see parts of India you wouldn't normally see, but it requires a lot of patience and a lot of snacks.

When we were almost in Jaipur I mentioned my desire to see a stepwell, I've seen them in a few films and I thought they looked pretty interesting! This added another hour and a bit onto our journey, but we decided it was worth it.

Chand Baori stepwell was really beautiful. We arrived there just as the sun was setting and had the place to ourselves for a while as we explored. Where it was once used as an ancient form of water conservation, it now stands unused but still quite popular with tourists. I was a little sad that the railings prevented me from actually going down to the bottom of the well, but it was definitely worth the detour. It also made me a little sad that Adam wasn't with me, as I think he would have really loved it.

As we were leaving we saw a small temple down a little lane. We would probably have missed it if it hadn't been for the sun blazing behind it, illuminating it for all the world to see. As we approached it I got a bit nervous that they wouldn't appreciate tourists sticking cameras all up in their holy business, but they were more than friendly, and that little monk even did a magic trick for us. 

India has sunsets like you wouldn't believe. I think the haze does something to the light, it filters it in some way or breaks it up with dust and humidity. It's almost as if the dust captures the light and holds it in the air a little longer, allowing you to enjoy it and photograph it to the full extent. I think secretly India loves having its photo taken.