We started our second day in Jodphur by visiting Jaswant Thada, this cenotaph was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh of Jodhpur State in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, and serves as the burial ground for the rulers of Marwar.
This one is called the Taj Mahal of the Marwar, but I disagree as it is not even close to impressive. Sarah was not feeling well and the heat was crazy so she sat in the shade and waited for Eitan to visit this place fast.
The mausoleum is built out of intricately carved sheets of marble. These sheets are extremely thin and polished so that they emit a warm glow when illuminated by the sun.
The cenotaph of Maharaja Jaswant Singh displays portraits of the rulers and Maharajas of Jodhpur. The main memorial has been built like a temple.
We then visited the Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India and filming location of Batman: The Dark Night Rises, it is where Bruce Wayne escapes the underground prison.
It was built around 1460 by Rao Jodha, the fort is situated 410 feet (125 m) above the city and is enclosed by imposing thick walls. This one has a very impressive ramp up that would give any enemy attacker a heart attack before even reaching half way up. The imprints of cannonball hits by attacking armies of Jaipur can still be seen on the second gate.
When we finally entered the fort we saw that everything was decorated very colorful, we asked around and they were filming a movie right there (more of this to come later). Most of the fort was closed because of this so we were unlucky to be visiting it that particular filming day.
The museum was apparently important but we decided we were going to skip it as we were not in the mood to see old memorabilia, there was nothing inside we haven’t seen here in Rajasthan and the ticket costs enough to feed half of India.
We walked to the very end of the fort where there is a little temple, the Chamunda Mataji, from here you have a beautiful view of the city and its blue houses. There are only 3 windows (more like holes in the wall) where you can see the city so everybody “takes turns” in a very not orderly fashion.
The fort is home of so many eagles it actually makes you question if Jodhpur is the real land of the free (sorry for my redneck joke, it had to happen at some point).
We walked to the bottom of the fort where the Flying Fox zip line is located, this is a very unique place to do zip lining and its not really that expensive (just $20). Working here must be sweet considering you have most of the day to eat lunch!
The company looked legit and with the stellar safety record of India (sarcasm here) we needed to research the company before booking with them. It is an Australian company with excellent ratings and nobody has died yet so why not give it a shot?
While we were waiting one of the instructors told us about the movie that was being filmed there at the fort and asked us if we wanted to be extras tomorrow. His friend was actually the casting director of the movie and he can even pay us for our “work”. After some calls and rescheduling our driver pick up time (we were leaving Jodphur at 7:00 am originally), we decided that we were going to do only half day of celebrity work.
Anyways, an awesome British couple joined us for zip lining. There were 6 zip lines around the fort (technically outside the fort) with amazing views.
Here you can see brave Sarah enjoying the ride!
The last one is the longest and you actually land in one of the fort defense towers making you feel like you are in an action movie! Here is the video with a little problem at the end as I did’t make it!
On our way down the fort, we walked though the narrow streets of this beautiful blue city.
After this amazing experience, we walked to the most famous Samosa place in town, for a mere 15 Rupees you get a huge samosa filled with spicy potato. It was really good but Sarah had to be the weird one when she was eating the filling inside of the bread first (almost illegal in India). Everybody was looking at her like if she was destroying 1000 years of culinary heritage right there in public. Shame on her… to the guillotine!
Next to the samosa place was a recommended Chai Tea shop, these guys make by far the best Masala Chai (chai tea with cardamom, ginger and black pepper) of the entire universe. It is so good that I would move to India with the only condition that I can enslave these guys in my house so they can connect an intravenous to my arm and pump that heavenly liquid 24/7. Seriously, this Chai can cure cancer.
We ended up eating dinner at this super fancy restaurant on the rooftop (most restaurants here in India are on hotel rooftops) with an amazing view of the fort. Luckily we were not very hungry after those gigantic samosas; otherwise I would of have to declare trip bankruptcy as the prices were ridiculous and the food quality wasn’t any better than the cheaper places we have been going.
Bonus Pic Of The Day: This bull knows most of the world flags by memory, here you can see him practicing every morning.