Forts, fortunes and food

Trip Start Dec 17, 2011
Trip End Feb 25, 2012

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Where I stayed
Hare Krishna Guest House Jodhpur
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of India  , Rajasthan,
Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Penny: We realised last night after the blog entry that we were a little confused on dates. Fortunately, this means we have gained a few days, so have spent today wandering around Jodhpur, which is a higeldy pigeldy city mainly painted blue. The streets are about as chaotic and full of cows as everywhere else, but it feels a bit more welcoming. The enormous Red fort dominates pretty much every view so we thought we should probs check that one out. We prepared for the steep uphill walk with some curd/banana/muesli (yum) which I'm sure was good training for Everest. The fort was well worth it, as was the delightful audio commentary overlayed with traditional rajistani music. We also took a wee stroll down the road to this marble palace/temple thing, putting out new knowledge of the local music into good us with some local sitar and india-accordion-thing players.

Sweaty, but happy with our morning (mid-day after sleep and food) achievements we decided to head for the clocktower in the middle of town. A funky tall building (looks like big ben) which flashes neon colours...obviously a must! We soon realised that the clocktower was in the middle of a busy market square, where all the colours of the world were packed into pashminas, "I've found myself" trousers, spices and little tea cups! We were lured into the upstairs of a shop where we were soon shown how to identify the cheap and nasty from the quality and fire-proof. This led to an hour of scarf-trying, trouser-wearing, and haggling frenzy...which we came out with 3 beautiful scarves and 2 trousers (a bargain for a tenner....NOT).

Back at Hare Krishna guest house (not sure if its called this because of the number of times you get woken in the night by the Hare Krishna's drumming away) we chilled out for a while with some naan and raita before hitting the town (in our new scarves, all worn in different ways). Dinner was on a roof top restaurant and very tasty. The beers here are huge, so we didn't make the same mistake as our first night (a bottle each+no sleep/food for 24 hours=error) and ordered to share. There was some traditional dancing and music going on so we lingered to watch this, as well as for Christie to teach us some card games. She obviously dominated. Still she will have to explain them all over again to Bernie tomorrow so win some lose some...

So now its tomorrow we are going to meet our camel friends, back on Friday, probable with sore bums. We're thinking of getting massages as apparently they are a specialty here. Not for our bums. That's just coincidence....

lots of love
Penny and Bernie xxxxxxxxx

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