Jodphur

We had been told not to expect much from this city, but we found we loved it. Blue from head to toe, Jodphur’s streets were alive with the lead up to Holi when we arrived and held immense charm.

Kids played outside their blue houses, practicing drums, trumpets and more. Women chatted in doorsteps and gave broad grins as you walked past and men talked and laughed as they made their way about the streets. Cows, goats, dogs and chickens roamed almost every part of this city and people seemed completely used to their presence.

For Jodphur we had not pre-booked a hotel, but we had looked up a new hotel called LG guesthouse and figured we would head there and check it out first. We had the usual issue of the bus dropping us nowhere near the centre of town, so after a Tuk Tuk in (during the ride this Tuk Tuk also took us the wrong way in the hopes of convincing us to stay at his hotel, not the one we asked to be taken to) we were finally dropped at our desired destination.

The hotel was amazing. Fresh blue and white paints stood out against the mainly worn buildings in the street. Hand painted murals finished off the grand look and the hotel owner was one of the nicest we had met in our travels. The room was equivalent to 10aud a night, but well worth the extra couple of dollars for the amazingly hot, well pressurised shower and super comfortable bed.

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Our guesthouse, right under the cities fort.

As we had arrived rather late, we quickly checked in, then headed across the road to a rooftop restaurant we could see from our accommodation. We tried some of the dishes traditional to Jodphur (names escape me now, I forgot to write them down!) and had a beer as we watched the sun set over this truly unique city.

The next day saw us head to the cities fort in the morning. While we readied ourselves for the morning and had a free chai, the guesthouse owners daughter saw me sketching and ran over to show me her henna designs. Soon I was sat getting Henna. I gave her 150 rupees for her work and she did a truly lovely job. Henna done, we headed to the fort.

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Early morning henna

Overlooking the city from the highest point in town meant the fort cut an impressive figure. While we had seen many forts in the last few weeks, we decided it was worth a look. The fort was expensive, and without paying even more you couldn’t take photos, but with a museum inside as well as amazingly preserved rooms from some of the original northern Indian royalty, it was well worth a look.

We finished our tour around the fort by midday, so we headed into town to grab a coffee and some food. We tried some samosas and other street food snacks from the various vendors near the clocktower and then settled in to the clock tower cafe for a coffee. The coffee here was good and it was nice to sit and watch the chaos of this very noisy, crowded city from a small distance. While drinking our coffees we spotted the couple from the camel tour so we waved them over, only to find out they were also staying at LG guesthouse. Two coffee later and we left them to their own exploring and we headed back into the chaos of the markets to look for present and other goodies for people back home.

The markets were a sea of colour, and after some clever bargaining we left with presents and a few personal items in hand for a price we felt very happy with. We once again had dinner at the rooftop restaurant before heading home early to get some shut eye before our very early 630am train back to Jaipur.

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