As I explained in my last post (click here), I arrived in India with a friend on Saturday, spending two full days in New Delhi and Agra before planning to fly to the state of Rajasthan.
On Monday around at almost 1pm, we landed in Jodhpur, the “Blue City” of the state Rajasthan. Jodhpur is the second largest city in the state. Its main industry is handicrafts, and it is known for it’s sunny weather and dry heat. Jodhpur is located near the Thar desert.
Landing in Jodhpur
A view from the rooftop of our guesthouse, called King’s Retreat.
A typical blue wall of Jodhpur’s old city.
One of many, many free roaming cows – this one is outside of the old city. Jodhpor has just over a million residents and is 110 square miles.
We walked around central Jodhpur, outside of the old city.
These cows were at the Clock Tower, which welcomes you back into the old city.
A view from “The Curry”, one of Jodhpur’s many rooftop restaurants overlooking Mehrangarh Fort.
As night falls, the fort is illuminated for around one hour.
On Thursday, I woke up at 5:30 in the morning and listened to the prayer call from the rooftop. This image makes the fort appear brighter than it really was – I used a low shutter speed.
The flag of Marwar is common to Jodhpur. Marwar is this region of Rajasthan.
The sun was about to rise.
Back out into Central Jodhpur in the morning.
We visited the Umaid Bhawan Palace, shown here from afar. Built in the 1920s, it is one of the largest private residences in the world. A small piece of the home has been converted into a museum, and part of it is a hotel. Rooms go from $329 to over $1400 per night. The royal family who built the residence still own it today.
After seeing the palace, we decided to make our way on foot towards another monument. But on our way there we ran into some living quarters and decided not to press through.
It was time to head to up the fort. We caught Uber, as we usually do.
These women were also visiting the fort. We spoke briefly – or tried to.
We decided to head down to the guesthouse for some water before entering the fort. It’s only a ten minute walk.
On the way back up we sat in the shade to rest and a man invited us in his home to escape the sun. His wife was a henna artist, so Dana got one.
OK, back at Mehrangarh Fort.
Built in 1460, it is one of the largest forts in India.
The fort is one of the most breathtaking places I’ve experienced, and really can’t be done justice in photos.
Above one of the fort’s many couryards.
From the stairway of a cafe.
In the center of one of Jodhpur’s main shopping districts.
These men asked to take a picture with me. So I took one of them, too.
Last night, we had a black out during a thunderstorm. It lasted around a half an hour but all guests seemed to be in good spirits.
It’s late now – or early, really – 3:30 AM on Wednesday morning (5pm in New York). I need to get a few more hours of sleep (I already got a couple) before seeing what tomorrow brings. We will be returning to Delhi on Thursday and there is still a lot to see in Jodhpur.