December 14th, 2006 – by: bluemarbletreader
To get to Jodhpur
, I took an all-day bus from Udaipur
. True to its nickname, most of the city's buildings are coated in cornflower blue paint. It is best seen from the top of the hill-top Meherangarh Fort, a structure impressive from every angle. The next day, I set off to see the Umaid Bhawan Palace, built only recently in the 1920's. The Palace is a functioning hotel and to see the interior, I had to sit in the lounge and order refreshments at inflated prices. However, it felt so nice to be treated as visiting royalty while seated in the Victorian-era decorated drawing room with its many stuffed game heads, elephant tusks, and flint-lock rifles hung on the walls. The turbaned waiter kept me engaged in conversation, and it was fun to imagine myself as moneyed Victorian aristocracy on a safari holiday. Unfortunately, I was thoroughly embarassed to notice a large black streak of dirt across my forehead when I went to the restroom some two hours later! I must have looked the fool posing as a 'somebody' all the while!