Magical Rajasthan was one place I had always wanted to visit in India more than any other. It hosts the blue city also known as Jodhpur as well the pink city, Jaipur. From Amritsar, Miss Demise ( Denise ) and I traversed to Jodhpur by plane, spending several days exploring ( by exploring I meant eating its local fare in our body weight throughout our stay ), before heading to Jaipur. Jodhpur is the princely state and home of the Rathore clan which laid its foundation of a wall nearly 10km in length. Within lies Mehrangarh fort, which hosts one of the best collections of palanquins, royal cradles and impressive armoury I have ever seen. I strapped on its audio headset and ventured though its vast space listening with intent to its history. How grand would it be to live in 1460 AD with maharajas and decadence! I was transported to an era of colored elephants, sophisticated moustached men and intricate outfits. My imagination was aided with live folk musicians who revived the grandeur of the bygone era behind street corners of red exquisite sandstone. I have included some of my favorite moments here from Jodhpur and Jaipur.
Climbing up the perpendicular cliff of Mehrangarh fort.
The handprints of the many young wives of the Maharaja who sacrificed themselves.
Captured moments from the exploration of the streets in both cities.
What is a successful odyssey without sampling the great flavors of the country? The following is a little food diary of the food we consumed on our mini escapades. I didn’t care the slightest but you can certainly tell from my bloated face in the last picture how much I enjoyed eating all the street food. It was well worth the PSY comparisons by the local Indians. We had several laughters at my expense as I always follow up the comparisons with a good Gangham style impression! Unfortunately for your curiosity, these events were not documented. Sad isn’t it?
Miss Demise most enjoyed the comparisons. She never fails to remind me of those moments even to this day.
Sampling local beer.
Was it safe traveling by train in India?
Was it cramped?
Did you have live chickens in the next seat?
Hopefully the following behind the scenes of the commuting will answer some of the questions. Otherwise I’m happy to take any questions via email.
TIP: If you opt to sleep on your journey for the same price as other seats in the same cabin, do choose this instead. The upper bunk allows for a horizontal perspective. The 6 seats below are all upright.
This is 2nd class. It’s a little cramped with our suitcases on top but it’s comfortable enough for the weary traveller. We even have a great view of the passengers below.
With that, I bow farewell, till my next great adventure!