Editors note: My laptop broke about a week ago (it was actually nice to be disconnected for a few days), that is why we haven’t been posting anything, but after adventuring into the deep world of Mumbai’s electronic district I was able to find the necessary parts to fix it! So we are back to normal and you better be reading it. There is going to be a test at the end!
“I think we need to buy more water”, a phrase we say about 10 times a day. It is so hot here (110 degrees on a good day) that we drink and drink water but we never have to pee, our body just sweats everything. We usually have to keep a 3 liter reserve on our backpacks that we will drink in an hour. Luckily bottled water here is very cheap.
Jodphur, the blue city and second largest in Rajasthan, is one of those picturesque places where most people agree on painting their houses with the same color, in this case is sky blue. Jodhpur topped Lonely Planet’s list of most extraordinary places to stay in 2013.
We started our day by walking to the clock tower or “Ghanta Ghar”. It was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh from whom the main market takes it name.
It was packed but we still managed to walk around a little bit and spend our money in some souvenirs (traveling on a budget is not an option with Sarah and cool Indian souvenirs).
We took a cheap tuk tuk that would take us to the Umaid Bhawan Palace. This is one of the world’s largest private residences. A part of the palace is managed by Taj Hotels. Named after Maharaja Umaid Singh, grandfather of the present owner Gaj Singh of the palace, this edifice has 347 rooms and serves as the principal residence of the Jodhpur royal family. A part of the palace also houses an overprice terrible museum with pictures of the owner doing his favorite activities. This time photography was allowed inside the museum, it was just not worth the effort, so just photos of the outside building will be posted here.
We then tried to get into the hotel, we were stopped immediately by the security guard and we said very confidently we wanted to eat at the restaurant (it worked at the Agra Oberoi), this time they asked for 6000 Rupees (100 dollars each) to get in! And the hotel people will give us a tour of the hotel grounds that is included in the price… how nice of them. We obviously did not pay that amount and went back to town disappointed.
We were hungry and we were told about this restaurant called “Gypsy”, the food was excellent; we got our go-to Thali and an Indian pizza by mistake (we didn’t understand the menu) and it was one of the best foods we have tried here.
We came back to the hotel to see the sunset from the rooftop. It was a beautiful one with a perfect view of the fort and the blue houses.
The rest of the night we spend watching Indian MTV with their very good music selection where all the male singers look exactly the same (or maybe it is the same guy singing all the songs? Who knows!)
Bonus Pic Of The Day: Most of the time at Indian restaurants you will get this fennel anise candies at the end of your meal (free), there are many varieties and they are not very hygienic as everybody takes them with their hands from the same bowl, but there are absolutely delicious and a powerful curry taste removal tool.