Welcome to Jodhpur - disaster capital of the world
Trip Start Jul 12, 2003
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You'd think these events would be omen enough that we needed to get out of town and fast, but it was brushed off as just another day in good old India. The next morning, anticipating exploring the 'blue city' and it's towering fort, mum got up bright and early and ventured off down the street to buy us some bottles of water
We had to get medical attention straight away, which is no easy feat in a dusty, dingy Indian town. Into an auto-rickshaw we all went, to do the rounds of Jodhpur's medical facilities in search of some rabies vaccine. First stop - a deserted, closed hospital with only a confused caretaker around who had no idea what was going on. Next - an evil, dirty hospital of 3rd world doom. This place had rows of 100 year old beds covered in filthy old sheets in the same room as the hospital reception desk. There were literally piles of rubbish on the floor and there was no way in hell we were going to stay there. They didn't even know what to do, they only wanted to give a tetanus shot which mum already had up to date, was this the world's worst hospital?!
Eventually we went to the private hospital which was much better, and got a shot of a rabies vaccine. After all this trauma we decided to stay and rest for a few days rather than move onto the next town for more sightseeing. We even managed to drag ourselves up to see the fort, which was well worth it. 'Meherangarh' as it's known, is run by the maharaja of Jodhpur and has a long, detailed and interesting history of royal rulers and battles. It's absolutely huge and towers 125 metres above town, with strategically built entrances to help prevent being taken by force or being rammed by elephants. We visited courtyards, palaces, a museum, art gallery and Hindu temple all enclosed within the fort, and saw amazingingly intricate carved walls, balconies and elaborate rooms. The fort overlooked the town where we got the full effect of all the blue painted houses, which looked amazing. Apparently a blue house indicated that a Brahmin lived inside (India's highest caste), but now anyone can have their house this colour.
We then decided it would be best to head to Delhi so mum could get more shots, in case the other towns in Rajasthan didn't have what we needed, so it was off on yet another overnight train ride! This time we thought ahead and actually booked a hotel room and arranged for a driver to pick us up to spare us the drama!