Unlike Jaipur (The Pink City - that is actually orange), Jaipur truly lives up to its name and is, from above and inside, mainly blue. It is stunning. Established as a colour, the mix of which was initially adopted by the Brahman Caste as an auspicious colour, was used to keep houses cool and repel termites. The entire city is not blue though but only the main part around the Palace Fort as this is where most of the Brahmans were concentrated.
We arrived by train from Jaisalmer and headed straight up to the Fort as the town’s main attraction. It is without doubt, the most fascinating one we have done so far and the audio-guide is absolutely fantastic. The Palace Fort stands well above the blue area of town and is truly imposing. It has been used as an impressive backdrop in many films, most recently, in one of Christian Bale’s portrayals of Batman as he climbs from a pit to find himself at the base of the fort.
Once in the Palace, there are many sights, some of which we are asked not to photograph, but the Coronation Throne was one of the most interesting in its relatively small size and un-imposing stature, positioned in a courtyard close to the palace entrance.
I bought Sarah some indian sweets (which I know she likes) and an allegedly silver bracelet with elephants on, going head to tail - just like the Pachyderm Parade from The Jungle Book with an elaborate clasp in the simple chain. Unlike me, she kept this, that is until the chain and clasp part ceased to be ‘silver’ and a nasty rash developed. We’ll try and get this fixed. It would appear the elephants themselves are inert, so that’s lucky. Happy Christmas.
In the process, we both stumbled on the market and I insisted on having some time in there to photograph the people and stalls. The Jodhpur Market was massive, spread out and has far less cover then some of the others we have visited on our trip though India so far. Nonetheless, I was able to snatch some good shots of ‘business as usual, along with some portraits of the locals at work.
Jodhpur was, without doubt, one of the best places we could have spent a slightly downhearted Christmas away. It is stunningly beautiful and we never got tired of aimlessly wandering the streets - at least Sarah never told me if she was bored. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. As a part of Rajasthan, it holds the similar atmosphere and feeling of the other towns and cities we visited but there was something more impressive and memorable about this (ignoring the Taj for now). Definitely one of my favourite places of the trip so far. I will be going back one day and this will be up there as a ‘must see’ on my return.