City Of Blues..
Trip Start May 02, 2006
113Trip End Mar 02, 2007
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Jodphur in itself is an extraordinary city. It's a mass of sky blue buildings, spread along the edge of the Great Thar Desert. The huge fort, Meherangarh and palace within dominates the skyline of this most marvelous looking city. No matter where you stand, if you look up and around you'll see the fort. Just a great sight to see from wherever you are.
We had a couple of days in Jodhpur wandering around the fort and the city. The fort is efficiently run by the current maharaja of Jodhpur and is a shining example of how a historical site should look and feel. There's a great audio tour that has a mixture of history, information and anecdotes. No shitty local guides here trying to constantly rip you off.
The old city where we stayed is a tangle of winding, glittering streets, scented by incense, roses and the obligatory cow shit and sewer stench. The shops sell everything from trumpets to temple decorations, and from snuff to saris. We spent 2 days just walking through the back streets getting ourselves lost. Everyone was keen to have a chat to practice their English, have their photo taken or to just simply follow and stare at us.
We also stayed at a great place called the Cosy Guesthouse which is run by a really nice family and was exceptionally clean with all the mod cons at a very reasonable price. Something that is quite elusive in India it would seem.
We say, skip Jaipur and come straight to Jodhpur, you won't be disappointed.
Next Pod - Jaisalmer, India.
Nath and Kat.