The start of a relaxing time in Rajasthan
Jodhpur Travel Blog› entry 13 of 37 › view all entries
After not having really got on with Jaipur, despite seeing some fantastic sights, we felt much more at home in Jodhpur. The centre of the city is composed of such small roads that it's not all clogged with traffic like Japiur, and so you can wander about and soak up the atmosphere. The market is very interesting, with a proliferation of spice shops, all with suspiciously similar names (they've all copied the one which is actually good and recommended in a lot of the guide books). Near the market we popped into a couple of tectile shops where they have four floors of handmade bedspreads etc - some fantastic things to be had, although you have to be prepared to haggle hard for a good price.
We stayed at a place called Yogi's guesthouse. I think that the owner was probably just as much on the make as anyone else running a guesthouse, but his take on it was to play the part of defending the poor westerners against the thieving locals, so even if he was deceiving us at least he treated us well! The place did great breakfasts on the rooftop terrace, with wonderful views of the fort.
The fort itselt is a magnificent thing, both inside and out, and a must visit. The palace inside contains displays of all sorts of things, but it's the palace and the fort themselves which are the star attractions.
We ended up only spending a couple of days in Jodhpur, because we were keen to get to Jaisalmer for Christmas, and regretted not having spent an extra day here. We thought that we might return on our way back towards Delhi, but in the end it didn't happen.