It was 4.00 in the morning and we were at , Blue city –Jodhpur. Jodhpur is comparatively a small city and this place was HOT . We had our breakfast, hired a local auto guy for 600 rs and set out to explore the Blue city.
Our first stop was Umaid Bhavan palace, this palace is in sharp contrast to Udaipur palace, one can see an European influence on the structure and the design of this palace. Umaid Bhavan palace is also called as “Chittar Palace” ,Chittar is the name of the locally available stone which is used in the construction of this palace. This palace is one of the largest privately owned residences in the world.
Out next destination was Mehrangarh fort, this fortress is perched at a height of 400 feet above the city, with walls as high as 119 ft. The ramparts of this fort gave us a beautiful view of the much coveted blue city. Intricate carvings on the inside walls of the courtyard and parts of the fort, is a delight to see and lives to tell the quality of the craftsmanship of the bye-gone era.This Fort has seven gates(called pol).This fort has survived many attacks, imprints of cannon ball from one of the attacks can still be seen on the second gate.
Jaswanth Thada was our next destination ,it was built as a cremation ground for the kings of the royal family.It is completely built-in White marble has a beautifully maintained garden in front of the complex.We spotted an old man playing an ancient instrument called Ravan Hattah,which is a string instrument which is quite popular all around Rajasthan
It was 4.00 PM by the time we had finished with almost all the “must see” places at Jodhpur. We had planned a two days stay in Jodhpur and we had covered the entire Jodhpur in just a day’s time ,trouble trouble,we were thinking on what to do the next day ,just then my Mommy came up with the idea of going to world-famous Ajmeri Dargha & Pushkar ,that made sense so we set out on a search to find a travel agent who could take us to Ajmer next day. Luckily we found one right at the place where we were having lunch ,after all the bargaining we struck a deal with the agent, I was totally impressed by my Dad’s bargaining skills.
We had our bags packed the previous night,as we had decided to leave Jodhpur at 6.00AM next day.As expected the taxi guy was late by an hour,which gave us sometime to snack on our breakfast. It was a long drive to Ajmer and we finally reached Ajmer at 11.00AM.
Ajmer is a really popular tourist place and a place of pilgrimage for Muslims. We had to walk some distance ,before we could reach the Dargah, all along the path there were small shops selling everything from food to different kinds of offerings which can be made at the Dargha.
Long Narrow roads,soothing fragrances of the lotus petals, fogging up of the incense sticks and aroma of chai(Tea) greeted us to the world-famous Dargha. We payed our respects to the great kshthi saab and bought some give away for our Muslim friends back home.
Our last destination on our this visit was the holy town of Pushkar. Pushkar is a small town which house the famous temple of .My parents were very keen on having a holy dip in the sarovar, so while they did that I went around the streets of pushkar to indulge in some shopping. After offering our prayers and finishing our lunch we headed back to Jodhpur.
We left the blue city, without any blues and enjoyed every bit of our touring around the city.
- If you are the adventure kind, there is a Zip line near Mehrangarh Fort and this needs prior booking.