Chillin’ in the Blue City
Thomas and I have made our way to the walled city of Jodhpur, known throughout Rajasthan as “the Blue City,” to explore its unique blue washed lanes, its colorful markets, and its incredible Meherangarh fortress, a sight straight out an ancient Indian fable. Jodhpur is the first place we have been that really lives up to my visions of Rajasthan.
One stroke of luck, we found a fantastic budget hotel with a roof-top terrace overlooking the fortress and the surrounding old city. The upper floor has an outdoor courtyard restaurant with low tables and cushion seating on the floor shielded from the sun with colorful silky curtains that gently dance back and forth in the breeze. We bargained hard for a HUGE room with attached bath and shower decorated with heavy wooden furniture and colorful wall murals… and, most importantly, TWO ceiling fans. Only $9.50 a night – Ganesh must be watching over us.
We’ll need those ceiling fans because the mercury is shooting through the roof. Indians are quick to point out that global warming is taking its toll on the Subcontinent, temperatures are 5 C above normal. Yikes! The strong sun is making it difficult to do things midday, so we are having to get up early, explore, return to the hotel at the peak of the heat, and then go back out around 4 o’clock. We’re in the desert now.
Despite the heat, the Blue City is absolutely fantastic. To celebrate its awesomeness, we put together a list of places to visit in Jodhpur. Make sure to check it out.