Christmas in Jodhpur
Trip Start Sep 25, 2003
59Trip End Apr 23, 2005
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Nitty Gritty : The late running train from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur proved to be a nightmare... the carrages were full of solders who had obviously been away from home too long as they decided to crowd around our compartment as there was rach and two pretty Australian medical students, we were soon joined by another Australian student who had been groped in another carrage. Thankfully the men in the next compartment took issue with the solders, and the conductor and then their sargent somewhat eased the situation by sending some to other carrages. Couple this with another incident where a dutch chap had his day bag stolen with camera tickets and passport and it didn't make for a relaxing journey.
We were pleased to be away from the train on which the students had another 10 hours to endure back to delhi..
So it was 4am and we had nowhere to go so we hung out in the tourist waiting room at Jodhpur station after depositing our bag. We tryed to ask the chap on duty (a tourism officer) where the best place to view the sunrise over the famous Jodhpur fort was but he just seemed to say yes to everything we asked so we gave up. At 6.30 we walked into town and found a hotel with a likely looking rooftop cafe. Wow what a view the Mehrangarh Fort built in 1459 was massive completely dominating the blue city. The houses are all painted a 'brahmin' blue and lends a very exotic feel to the place. After breky we walked up the steep hill along the narrow medieval lanes to a Taj like monument, the Jaswant Thada where more great views of the fort could be had.
The fort was truely amazing, despite numerous attempts it was never breached and it was easy to see why, it amazes me anyone ever tried, the walls tower 200 feet high above the city on a 150m hill. Inside the cuurent Maharajah has done a great job of preserving the place and a very good audio guide really brought it to life with music etc.. well worth the visit. After climbing up and over the place and the ramparts we were starting to get tired so went back to the train station and collected our bags and called 'Newtons Manor' (see www.newtonsmanor.com) a old colonial styled places that was to be our Christmas retreat. We arrived and was greeted by a Christmas tree and decorations, the family being Christians, and it felt as if we had flown home, indeed it was more english than England. We planned to do nothing but relax for the next two days, and succeeded ! Ate lots, watched movies and played snooker an the full size table.... Lovely !