On my trip to Rajasthan, I spent two wonderful days in 'The Blue City', Jodhpur, a place that still breathes royalty. The day I arrived there, I checked into Ranbanka Palace, a beautiful and royal hotel.
Chai at Bhati
As soon I reached the hotel, freshened up, and left for the famous 'Bhati ki Chai Stalls'. I had the best cup of tea ever. And then I had the big fat Pyaaz ki Kachori in those stalls. My breakfast was done.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
Next I headed to the royal Umaid Bhawan. The entry fee was Rs30. At the gate I was greeted by a guide who gave me a complete tour of this place including the clock collection room, the royal corridor, the Queen's suite and a lot more. An astonishing place it was indeed.
Umaid Bhawan Palace
I spent a lot of time in Umaid Bhawan and I was very hungry by the time I left, so I headed to a nearby hotel and tried out their popular Rajasthani Meal. It was delicious.
Sheesh MahalPhool MahalTakht Singh Palace
Next I headed towards the place I was eagerly waiting to visit, the Mehrangarh Fort. There were traditional folk musicians in the entrance with Sarangi in their hand. By the time I took a tour of the place it was time for sunset. The view of sunset and the blue City was splendid.
On The Rocks
After a tiring day I decided to visit the only modernized place in Jodhpur, On the Rocks. This place was something else. It was beautiful from the inside and had a seperate lounge, bar, open sky dining area where I had some drinks and food and headed back to my hotel.
This was my first stop the next morning. Even though it had a little less maintenance, this was a nice place to spend some time in. This place had a group of temples and memorial with great architecture and lots of MONKEYS!
Next I decided to take a strol within the lanes of the Blue City. I didnot understand the reason behind the blue painted buildings but it looked beautiful.
I walked to a local market there. I ended up buying those beautiful and colorful glass bangles and their traditional Leheriya Saris.
Next I went to the popular Basamand Lake Palace, where I planned to stay on my next visit to Jodhpur. I had my lunch at their beautiful restaurant, watched the perfect sunset from that place and headed to my last spot.
Masuriya Hill Station
This was my last spot to visit in Jodhpur, the beautiful Masuriya Hills. Located on a hillock this garden was lovely and gave a panoramic view of the entire Jodhpur City. I spent some time there and headed back to my hotel.