Saturday, November 19, 2022 – Temperature 12-30 C ( 54-86 F) and sunny
We received our wake-up calls at 5:30 am, put our bags outside our hotel rooms at 6 am, had breakfast at 7 am and we were on the road to Jodhpur by 7:30 am.
During the trip I had noticed that many vehicles are decorated. Many transport trucks had decorations painted on them and frequently had tassels hanging from various spots on the truck.
At 11:30 we stopped at a restaurant in Pali and had a traditional Indian lunch. The tomato soup had a few extra spices in it, which gave it a unique flavour. Most people will recognize the rice, but I can’t remember the names of most of the foods, but I thought that they were all good.
The temperature was 30 C ( 86 F ), which was quite warm, however, Shail informed us that this is one of the hottest places in India and has an average temperature of 40 C ( 104 F ) in May.
We finally reached Jodhpur, the blue city, at 2 pm and immediately started touring the area. The first site we visited was Jaswant Thada, a cenotaph that was built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jayant Singh II, and serves as the cremation ground for the royal Rajput family of Marwar.
From the cenotaph we went to Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is a strategic military location and still has a strong military presence. The complex covers an area of 1,200 acres and is located on a hilltop around 122 metres above the surrounding plain. It was constructed circa 1459 by Rajput ruler Rao Jodha, though most of the existing structure is from the 17th century. Inside its boundaries there are several palaces known for their intricate carvings and expansive courtyards, as well as a museum housing various relics.
During our tour, Malcolm was shown how the local Sikhs tie their turbans. The Sikhs in each area tie their turbans a little differently.
When we left the fort, we took tuk-tuks to the spice market.
We toured the spice markets and looked at the various spices that were available for sale.
From the spice market we rode the tuk-tuks to a textile factory where several of the group bought several throws of silk, cashmere, and Yak wool.
It was approximately 8 pm when we got to our hotel. We had a late dinner and got back to our rooms at 10 pm.