I feel as though I have been writing about one colourful city in India after another. Therefore, this line up would not be complete without the beautiful blue city of Jodhpur.
Nestled in the depths of the Thar desert, Jodhpur is a charming city situated in the west of Rajasthan. Home to an array of bright blue buildings, which encircle the iconic Mehrangarh Fort, this city is a vibrant feast for all the senses.
Unfortunately, when I visited this must-see city, I only had 12 short hours to soak up everything on offer. Therefore, here is my tour de Jodhpur in 12 hours:
Put aside the morning to explore the grand Mehrangarh Fort.
Mehrangarh is one of the largest forts in India and was built in (approx) 1460. Dominating the skyline of the city, the fort is situated around 400 feet above ground and consequently, flaunts some impressive panoramic views across the city’s ocean of powder blue buildings.
Admire the fort’s seven imposing gates, its extensive museums, palaces and courtyards as well as, its cannonball battle wounds, which you can still see imprinted on parts of the outside.
Grab an audio guide (definitely recommended!) with your admission ticket and explore the triumphs and devastation’s of a bygone era.
Why not end your morning at the fort by flying over it?…
A company called Flying Fox offer the exhilarating opportunity to glide over Jodhpur’s fort and landscapes… on a zip wire. Soak up this remarkable city from a whole new perspective on a serene yet, invigorating journey through the air.
If it’s good enough for Boris, then it’s good enough for us…
“Shall I tell you the best thing about Jodhpur? It’s the zipwires that send you like Batman around the moats and the crenellations. It’s stunning” – Boris Johnson, Mayor of London (http://flyingfox.asia/destinations/index/Jodhpur).
As spirituality is such a prominent feature in Indian culture, taking a trip to a palmist is a must. Mr Sharma, who is a palmist from Jodhpur, has an office based at the fort where he conducts detailed palm readings.
Pop in to say hello and who knows, you might even emerge knowing how many children you’re going to have, what career path you will take and, which lucky individual is going to be stuck with you for the rest of their life…