India Part 8 (Jodphur)

We didn’t really do much on our only night in Udaipur as we were so shattered from our horrendous couch journey, we had no energy to leave our room and once more we had an early start the next morning. I really could have had a day around the pool if I’m honest with you, but we had to keep to schedule, plus I was very much looking forward to going to Jodphur and visiting the blue city, so i could take photo’s like the ones I had saved on pinterest and admired on instagram.

Jodhpur was one of the locations where we actually treated ourselves to a stay in a 5 star hotel. It felt so luxurious and miles away from sleeping on that bus ride. The first thing I did was run to the balcony and see the fabulous pool which we were finally going to lay by within the next few minutes. I could not wait. I know this isn’t the typical traveller scenario but I was so grateful at that point for some rest and relaxation and some cheeky sunbathing.

Later on in the afternoon we made it our mission to find the blue city before sunset. It was a struggle to find the energy and leave the pool area but it proved to be definitely worth it. It took us a while to find it as we thought every house and building would be painted and they would all be grouped in one area. But mostly they were sporadic. We walked up little streets which were sweet and rustic, dogs barking and sleeping everywhere, we met locals and took thousands of photographs. It was really a wonderful experience. One boy who was probably about fifteen, invited us back to his house to meet his family. They were so endearing and welcoming. The young boy proudly showed us his foreign currency collection and talked about his school and his ambitions. I was really impressed by how bright and smart he was.

After exploring the blue city and riding around on crazy fast tuk tuks we stayed at our hotel and watched a puppet show and a funny magician who performed for just the 4 of us. 

The next few days, just 3 of us ( the other was, sadly, very sick) ventured out and ticked a few more of the tourist spots off our list. These included The Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India, Umaid Bhawan Palace, a luxury grand palace and hotel, and Jaswant Thada, a centoph in Jodhpur built in 1899. 

 

 

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