Jodhpur was always in my dreams – those blue painted houses – the mighty fort wanted to give me some memories to cherish… so they sent me an invitation to come and see them 🙂 and Gandhi ji’s birthday (national holiday) helped me to plan this trip. I quickly searched for train tickets and was lucky to find the return tickets though in sleeper class but who cares about the comfort to adventure. The train Mandoor Express stops at Gurgaon station also and I decided to board the train from Gurgaon as I was not prepared enough to leave straight from office. I booked my room in a hotel called Hotel Haveli after reading few online reviews on my online travel guide Indiamike and tripadvisor.com.
Surprisingly the train reached well on time to Jodhpur station and the hotel Haveli guys were kind enough to send a cab to pick me from the railway station, the hotel was near to the old city and hidden in beautiful criss-cross lanes of Jodhpur. I slept for few hours before getting ready to explore the blue city and met a French Hindi speaking guy (Daniel) during my breakfast at hotel Haveli. We discussed about his adventure with India and his love for our mother tongue Hindi and Indian gods. I am afraid with the speed at which Indians are turning their back towards Hindi and leaning towards Hinglish, foreigners are drifting more and more towards our mother tongue – Hindi the day is not far when they will outnumber us in Hindi speakers but thanks to our growing population, the west will never beat us there!
Since Daniel was in Jodhpur from past few days, he decided to be my guide to Mehrangarh fort. The temperature outside was pretty hot around 36 degrees centigrade but still we decided to walk to the fort and climbed our way from a shortcut into the old city. In minutes the mighty Mehrangarh fort was in front of our eyes. In short, it’s huge and beautiful. After a distant look, the first question was as to how they built something so huge – so powerful without any help of modern technology and that too in the 14th century. Impressive!!
I saw a board of Flyingfox and decided to give it a try, will write more about that in my next post. We paid for the tickets and Daniel started to tell me more about the fort and how it was rebuilt many times since first time and about the local gods inspired from Ramayana story. He is a researcher and was doing his research on Indian gods and I was really surprised about his knowledge of things displayed in the fort museum. The fort was not as much crowed at that time and most of the tourists were local people from Rajasthan or foreign tourists. The view from the fort was amazing, the houses painted blue, and the city palace view from the top of the fort, totally worth it!!!
|View from Fort|
Daniel left for his next destination and I went for my flying fox experience which was awesome. I explored the local bazaar in the evening and participated in the ongoing Ganesh Visarjan Pooja. I came back to my hotel and slept waiting for my next destination…. Jaisalmer