We left Rishikesh a little too late, had to wait a little too long for the taxi to arrive and there was too much traffic, so we missed our overnight train to Jaipur. Stranded in Haridwar, we managed to find a travel agent who booked us on the next train back to Delhi and on the first train to Jaipur the morning after. So we ended up in Delhi one more time and got to spend the night at a hotel instead of a train, which wasn’t too bad after all.
Jaipur was the first of our three stops in Rajasthan, which we’d been looking forward to for quite some time. The city didn’t disappoint, with its beautiful red city center, the Amer Fort, and Jantar Mantar – a collection of several impressive astronomical instruments that looked like an outdoor art gallery.