Rajasthan Road Trip | Exploring Jodhpur
One of the main tourist pulls in Jodhpur, as with every big Rajasthani city it seems, is the Mehrangarh Fort… Each fort seems to beat the last one and Jodhpur really was the mother of all of them.
Seemingly carved out of the rock, it towers over the city and feels even more ancient and other-worldly than Udaipur or Jaipur. Khaleesi would be right at home in this 15th century palace, so much so I’m almost hoping Game of Thrones cotton on and get send some swooping CGI dragons flying out from those sandstone turrets…
Right, geeking out over, let’s head inside…
And if the ornate doorways, light-filled courtyards and pillars don’t get you, there’s a bit of a killer view over the sea of blue houses that’s well worth it…
And with everywhere in India, don’t forget to look up. The ceilings are sometimes the best bit and makes you questions your plain white walls at home. Wouldn’t it be so much nicer to look up at this when you’re lying in bed?
It’s all about the details; carved entrances, stained glass and gilt doors and wooden shudders bearing painted flowers mean your camera is permanently out and your eyes are constantly swivelling to take in new things.
After the fort, we headed back out to the city and out to some shops. We’d heard Jodhpur is one of best places in Rajasthan for antiques and while there were plenty of emporium-like stores to explore, the cost of shipping and taxes still makes large purchases pricey. I was tempted by some chairs but my heart just wasn’t in it so I left them… Yes it’s all a bit cheaper than at home but, it’s not a huge difference and the sales pitches were pretty exhausting so you kind of need to have your head in the game.
Unusually for me, I came away empty handed but managed to stumble into Via Jodhpur on our way back to the hotel and was empty-handed to more… Silk kaftans, embroidered scarves and beach coverups, this is a great place for gifts and was such a nice little find.
Happily it’s also right next to one of my favourite finds in Jodhpur too…
This amazing stepwell is literally next to Raas our hotel and amazingly entirely free of tourists and crowds.
I’ll be honest, I’m sitting down because my vertigo got the better of me to the point I felt like I might topple over at any second. Yeah me and heights aren’t the best of friends… You’ve got to admire the guys sweeping and cleaning it with not a harness in sight.
Definitely one of my favourites find in Jodhpur.
After a busy day, we headed back to Raas to pack and get ready for the next road trip to our final stop in Rajasthan…
Top | Faithfull The Brand
Trousers | Eberjey
Bag | Celine via Vestiaire Collective
Shoes | Birkenstock
Camera | Olympus Pen
Sunglasses | Rayban
Star necklaces | Lucy Williams X Missoma (20% goes to Wellbeing of Women)