Trompe le Monde: A Round the World Tour Diary

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Jodhpur and Pushkar

Leaving Jaisalmer we headed to Jodhpur, the blue city (because the buildings of the Brahmins (a priestly caste) there used to traditionally be painted blue, and now most of the houses are blue). Having become fed up of the last two places we'd been to simply by dint of spending too much time there, we left Jodphur after only one full day, but it did seem very pleasant. A fairly affable town, with lots of cothes stalls and such. The highlight, though, was Meherangarh, the big fort on the hill, which has never been taken by armed force in it's whole 500 year history. Though I doubt it would pose too much of a problem these days if Uncle Sam wanted to come a-knockin' (that's Uncle Sam as in America, folks, not as in some sort of rubbish self-styled nickname). The reason that the fort could be the highlight despite it not being in itself any better than any other fort I've seen of late is the natty audio guide you get free with your 250 Rupee entry fee. The sound effects on this audio guide are unintentionally hilarious, being such things as contrived battle sounds every time any sort of fighting was mentioned.

As I write, we are in Pushkar. Pushkar is a holy city for Hindus. It has a lake that sprang up when Brahma dropped a lotus flower, according to legend. You're supposed to throw flowers into the lake to get a prayer or something, and while I've not done that yet I probably will, figuring it's best to get as many gods as possible on side over the course of my journey, as you never know when you might need divine help of some sort. On that note we're off on a day trip to the Muslim holy city of Ajmer tomo - I figure Allah is a god on who's wrong side you really don't want to get!

Pushkar, being a holy city, is chock full of holy men, and also chock full of travellers, many of whom look like twats, wearing traditional Indian costume (you're white!), daft facial hair, and all manner of ethnic tat paraphenalia. Actually, the travellers we have encountered so far have generally been either old or fools or both. Still, I suppose there's a long way to go...

[Sorry this post hasn't been as amusing or story-formatted as the previous couple...]

1 Comments:

Blogger shail said...

Enchanting and blue, Jodhpur sits guard on the edge of the massive Thar Desert and dares you to come
and uncover the intriguing royal secrets that lie quiet within the lavishly frescoed walls of forts
and havelis. Tour the elaborate Mehrangarh Fort, the royal cenotaphs at Jaswant Thada and havelis that
allow you a peek back in time.Some other Tourist attraction near to Jodhpur are Udaipur
and Jaipur that are also the
piller of Rajasthan tourism.

August 12, 2005 at 3:48 AM  

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