Michelle and Charlie's Around the World Trip 2004-2005 travel blog

the fort

inside the fort

the old city is blue

turban demonstration in the fort

tourists posing with the maharadja's vehicle

the big guy's room

family picture




the handprints of the widows before they walked on the funeral fire...





another wife OTOH, opted to move out after the death of the...


On account of Holi we arrived to Jodhpur fairly late. On the same account most things were closed. Nevertheless we managed to dodge the restaurant where Shyam planned our dinner and instead found a great vegetarian restaurant. I fully intended to write to the guidebook about it (it is not in Lonely planet), but lost their address before taking care of it. Not only was the food fantastic and inexpensive, but we were the only foreigh tourists there. Yeah!!!! Until now Shyam insisted on taking us to places that were full of package tourists, overpriced and toned down food. Onto the main attraction of the town. The fort has a grandeur that none of the previous ones had. The cliffs that it sits on just jump out of the town, to be toped by the high walls. Around the buildings of the old city all painted blue.

At Meherangarh, the fort we are hardly surprised at the higher entry fee for foreigners than locals and we (or maybe only I) are getting mad at the pretty steep price. However, I chill out soon. For a change real value for the money. In a million languages they have recorded guided tour that comes with the entry fee. All over the palace complex they have people who demonstrate different aspects of the life around. Things are in great shape and the exhibit is remarkable. If you only have a few days in the state, definitely put this on your list. The palace complex is in the hand of a trust that was set up by the ex-maharaja and not to sound repetitive, all I say is, Bravo maharaja!

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