The Blue City

With my fingernails dug into my palms from our terrifying taxi ride, we arrived in the Blue City (Jodhpur) only to be taken to a guesthouse owned by a friend of our driver.  When we declined (knowing he would be getting a commission off of an inflated room price), he was angry and wouldn’t take us to the guesthouse we had planned.  Lisa and Antoine had been in Jodhpur recently and recommended a place called Pushp.  We found our way there by foot, got settled in, and ate some less than desirable pizza nearby (I know, I know, we can’t expect pizza to be good in India.  We just needed something other than rice).  Rooftops with views were the norm in India and we had a great one of the Jodhpur fort, lit up beautifully at night.

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View of the fort from our hotel rooftop during a storm.

 

We found the omelette man in the main Jodhpur square the next day.  He is now famous, thanks to Lonely Planet for making really delicious omelette sandwiches.  Although less than sanitary, the omelettes are really tasty and super cheap (like 50 cents).  Lonely Planet changed his life completely and he has created quite a successful business with their help.  He was very friendly and even remembered our favorite omelette, the Spanish masala cheese omelette, when we came back he following morning.

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The omelet man! Don’t be fooled by the twenty other omelet stand! This is the dude! Go through the archway in the back of the clock tower square towards the fort. This guy will be on the right.

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Mmmm. Omelets. Ask for less mayo though.

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Rickshaw driver hard at work.

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Daily life in Jodhpur.

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With breakfast conquered, we took the 15 minute walk up a path to reach the Jodhpur Fort.  From the top, we could see the beautiful blue buildings of the city glowing in the sun.  An audio tour was included, so we learned about the fort through a series of stories over the course of a few hours.  We often had to pause the guide to allow Indian families to snap photos with us throughout our tour.  We both agreed this fort was really impressive and thought it was definitely worth a visit.

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Walking up to the fort.

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Palaces and forts are a dime a dozen around here.

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Wall of the fort.

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I definitely don’t stand out.

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My goal is to have one of these rooms in our house.

Take a number. Smiling in photos is optional.

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After the fort, we bought a few handicrafts as souvenirs since we would soon be departing the hot desert land to head north to the Indian Himalayas.  We met some really cool locals by the time we left Jodhpur and started to feel like we were living there.  We had a shop owner who we called “the cookie man” who would give us free water and discount snacks and of course, recommend different kinds of cookies from his shop.  Half of our fun in Jodhpur was spent just chatting with locals rather than touring any other major sights.  Again, since we didn’t book train tickets ahead of time, we couldn’t take a direct train route to our destination.  After a bit of research, we decided to take a night train to Chandigarh, spend the day, and then a night bus to Mcleod Ganj.  Cool weather, here we come!

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Pro Tip: We learned that if you pour water on real kashmir, the water will bead up and not soak in!

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Fabric scraps to be used in a quilt being made for us when we return.

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Indian traffic jam.

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View of the fort from the main square.

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View from the roof of a restaurant we ate dinner at.

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