|Wednesday 25th October 2017
Jaipur to Jodhpur
Up early today for the long drive from Jaipur to Jodhpur through the dry and dusty countryside. No sightseeing en route today but lots of countryside and the occasional village to view. Left at 7:00am and arrived at the hotel in Jodhpur at 2:00pm, checked in and free time for the rest of the day. Lovely grassy gardens and a slightly cloudy swimming pool at this hotel that used to be a mansion used for polo players. Spent the afternoon relaxing in the room and dinner in the hotel at night.
Today was hot about 36C.
Thursday 26th October 2017
Left at 9am after breakfast this morning to see the major sights in Jodhpur. The first stop was the Umaid Bhawan Palace built within the last hundred years. It was the home of the Maharajah of Jodhpur and employed thousands of people during its 14 year construction period and gave employment to the famine struck people of Jodhpur. It was quite exquisite and had very interesting museums with a great deal of information about the life and times and also a great collection of vintage and veteran motor vehicles owned by the maharajah. After that we visited the cluster of royal cenotaphs set high on the hill including a hall that contained the details of the 24 generations of maharajahs of Jodhpur in a beautiful setting. We then visited a tribal fabric company and were shown the various methods of decorating fabric, lunch back at the hotel and then six of us left at 3pm to visit the Hill Fort, an imposing large building on the heights overlooking the city. As you approach, it looks impregnable. It is five storeys high and we caught a more recently installed lift to the roof from where the whole city was laid out in front of you. There is a wall around Jodhpur that extends for 35 kms. It is reputed to be the second largest wall in the world. Jodhpur is called “The Blue City” because there are many houses painted blue. It is very beautiful. We spent about two hours exploring the rooms, the history and the splendor of this amazing building that included displays of sedan chairs, elephant howdahs (seats on which people ride elephants) and baby cradles amongst other collections. We all agreed it was a great place to visit. Back to the hotel for an aperitif then dinner and bed around 11pm. Today was hot, around 34C and sunny.