|The Blue City|
Our first impression of Jodhpur was that it was smaller and less affluent than Jaipur. Our tuk tuk ploughed it's way down impossibly narrow roads lined with shops and abodes alike. We're surprised we've not seen an accident yet, the near misses are frequent. Having said that, traffic, pedestrians and animals all go about their business with minimal fuss and no road rage, just the loud tooting to let you know they are coming.
|Our terrace view of Mehrangarh Fort|
|The perfect city for a Chelsea fan!|
On our first full day, we decided to visit the fort we'd been admiring over breakfast. It looked in touching distance from the terrace, but as we found, there was the small matter of the labyrinth to get through followed by a steep incline. With the most basic map in the world, we made it to the fort feeling slightly unfit!! Mehrangarh Fort turned out to be our favourite fort so far, and believe me we've seen a lot. In addition to it's incredible dominating existence from afar, the inside was equally stunning. It had clearly been maintained much better than the others. The top of the fort housed numerous cannons over looking the blue city. The Maharaja's quarters were decorated with gold, silver, jewels and beautifully coloured rugs and other textiles. Examples of clothing worn over the generations and the different types of elephant carriages were included in the excellent museum. The fort also provided incredible views of the city, highlighting the pale indigo-washed buildings which apparently are not only pretty but cooling and the natural colorant helps to ward off mosquitos. We also visited the adjacent Jaswant Thada, a cenotaph built for the late Maharajas. It was very peaceful with well kept green gardens and a lake also overlooking the city.
|Anyone want naan at our next dinner party?|
|Saffron lassi was full of calories, so the extra blob of butter on top of the cream and nuts made no difference!|
|Silver-topped veg Biriani, nice.|
|No road rage from this elephant.|
|I think it's next left and then right at the mangy goat on the corner.|