We left Agra early in the morning. After all, we were about to embark on a 5+ hour road trip to Jaipur and officially start our Rajasthan adventure. We left the hustle and bustle of the city behind and welcomed the desert heat and empty roads with open arms. First we stopped in the village of Abhaner, home to one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India, the Chand Baori. Even though it was built back in 800 AD it still holds its original beauty and detail. As part of the preservation program the steps have been fenced off to the public. I was a little bummed about that but I'm definitely in favor of anything that saves these wonders for the appreciation of upcoming generations.
Our second stop was a quaint roadside stand where our driver said I could get the best cup of Masala Chai in Rajasthan... he wasn't lying.
Before going through the city walls of Jaipur we took a small detour through the mountains to our third and last stop, the Monkey Temple of Galtaji. This was our favorite and most memorable experience in India. Now, visitors are not allowed to interact with the monkeys but our amazing tour guide, who grew up in the temple and has been featured by BBC and NatGeo, knew each and everyone of the monkeys in the area. We just made sure to follow his instructions and before we knew it the monkeys had accepted us as one of their own. Unforgettable experience.
Best road trip ever.