The Blue City
Trip Start Oct 20, 2004
44Trip End Apr 26, 2005
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Where I stayed
So we finally made it to Jodhpur, and since we didn't have a hotel lined up beforehand, we did a little bit of searching around. At this point in our journey, I was feeling pretty gross. I contracted a nasty sinus infection somewhere along the way (Could it have been from recycled airplane air? Or was it from the cold night of camping in the desert? Perhaps it was from playing with dung beetles before eating. Maybe I was coughed upon, sneezed upon, or spit upon! Oh...I know...it must have been the rat excrement that lingered on my bare feet, encrusted between my toes for five hours!), and I was in dire need of a time out, a cup of tea, and a foot bath. Our prayers were soon answered, and we found the best guest house ever: Newton's Manor. If you ever get to Jodhpur, Newton's Manor is the place to stay. It's a colonial style guest house with six rooms, free internet, home cooked meals, and kitschy antiques all over the place
Jodhpur, the blue city, was amazing. We started in the morning with Jaswant Thada, a marble memorial described as the "Taj Mahal of Marwar." It had a calm beauty about it. We then went to Mehrangarh Fort, our favorite fort in Rajasthan. Our ticket price included an audio tour that we almost declined; however, we accepted it anyway and were thoroughly impressed. The narrative was engaging and informative, and the fort's history really came alive with our "audio guide." I've never been big on audio tours, but this was first-rate. The fort was spectacular, as were the views of Jodhpur. For miles and miles we saw what made Jodhpur famous as the "blue city". Houses are painted an indigo color, originally done to signify the homes of the Brahmins. Apparently, the color keeps the home cool inside, and is effective in repelling mosquitoes.
We heard from a local of Jodhpur that the Marwar festival was happening during our stay. The annual festival, put on by the Rajasthan Tourism Department, seemed to be aimed at westerners, though the half-filled stadium seating reflected more of an Indian audience