Day 14 - Monday, 18 February 2013 - Pushkar / Jodhpur
18.02.2013 - 18.02.2013
Up at 5am, breakfast at 6 and on the bus at 7am for the 6hr drive to Jodhpur. Snoozed on the bus as all these early mornings are starting to catch up! But don't want to miss a thing. And then Claire announced that our driver Jamshed had taken a short cut and in about 4 1/2 hours we were in Jodhpur. Jodhpur is a very nice city. Out hotel is smack bang in the middle of the old city which meant the bus couldn't get through the narrow lanes to drop us off. So we were transferred to tuc tucs and off we went, speeding through the streets and narrow lanes to our beautiful hotel, the Raas.
We were welcomed with the dot on the forehead thing and a lovely warm spicey drink and proceeded to have an early lunch in an outdoor pavilion.
Our room is lovely - huge bed with a balcony looking straight at the Meherangarh Fort. It is huge. We are on the third floor and every now and then a smell comes wafting up. Upon inspection, we discovered a local dairy over our back fence so I guess you could say that it was a very earthy odour!
After lunch we hopped on our tuc tucs again and whizzed through the streets to join our bus and drive up to the fort. Set on a steep rocky outcrop, the colossal fort provides an outstanding vantage point over the colourful and vibrant market, one of the oldest in India. We spent a few hours there. It is huge and overlooks the blue houses of Jodhpur. It is very much like looking down on Athens.
This guy insisted on being in our photo!
Back to the tuc tucs and back to our hotel and I finally started my blog. Well actually, I logged on, filled out my profile and chose my name - now to find the time!
Trying to download some of today's photos on my face book page without much success. I have wasted hours. I'll try again tomorrow when the battery is fully charged.
Had room service and watched a DVD on India.