10D9N India Day 2 : Jodhpur Junction Railway, Tuk Tuk, Auto Rickshaw, Singhvis Haveli, Blue City, Hindustan Times, Kingfisher, Sardar Market, Bajaj Cub

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07.42 am – Woke up to the view of the plains in Jodhpur. The 10 hour train ride from Sarai Rohilla, Delhi was actually better than expected. Slept for a whole 7 hours straight. Was either eating, playing with my phone, or going to the toilet during the remaining 3 hours.

One of the many empty train stops along the way to Jodhpur’s main train station called Jodhpur Junction.

Noticed my cabin mate’s bag secured with a huge chain and lock. Actually, it’s something that is advised a lot in travel forums. I noticed that many other passengers left their bags just like that without being secured with chains and locks and took the calculated risk by following their example. Actually, if you wanted to, you could buy locks and chains from the kids wandering around selling them in the train station.

08.22 am – Finally, we arrived in Jodhpur Junction after 10 freaking hours!

Jodhpur auto rickshaws or better known as tuk tuk, the same as what it’s called in Thailand.

The view from inside a tuktuk.

Streets of Jodhpur.

08.50 am – Singhvi’s Haveli. A highly, highly recommended accommodation in Jodhpur. The views from the rooftop were amazing and the food was delicious! So delicious that we had all our meals, during our time in Jodhpur, from the kitchen.

Wall murals at the entrance of the eating area.

The eating area.

09.40 am – Sat ourselves down and ordered breakfast which consisted of chow mien,

mashed potato toasts,

and masala chai.

Simply delicious!

10.27 am – After breakfast, we went up to the rooftop to get a view of jodhpur and boy was it beautiful. The buildings were a stunning sea of blue.

We could also see Mehrangarh Fort from the rooftop of Singhvi’s Haveli.

10.47 am – Actually, when we arrived, many of the guests had yet to check out. As time went by, one by one, the guest rooms became available. Singhvi’s housekeepers did their best to get as many rooms ready as fast as possible as there were other guests arriving too. As we were the first, Singhvi gave us the first available room. It was one of the cheaper ones but it is nearer to the entrance of the haveli so noise could be an issue.

In the end, we asked for a better room and we were given the one on the 2nd floor, albeit a little more expensive.

The room was more spacious and the shower area was longer.

The Indian lady face painting on the wall of our room.

Painting of a dancing Indian couple.

01.40 pm – After settling in to our room, we started our journey towards the secret back entrance of Mehrangarh Fort where you could literally enter for free if you said you were going to the temple. Veggi Guest House was another accommodation just next to Singhvi’s Haveli.

This was where we discovered the true ruralness of Jodhpur. Almost everywhere along the many, many narrow lanes were cowdung!

You could also find rubbish and rubble by the side of the streets.

Donkeys were the mode of transportation used to carry sand and bricks.

Red coloured houses.

It didn’t cross Vivian’s mind that her striking red top was kind of attracting the attention of cows passing by.

02.02 pm – After 20 minutes of walking, we arrived at the secret back entrance of Mehrangarh Fort.

We found lots of squirrels by the courtyards.

The section where you could see marks on the wall left clearly by canons.

I think this was Sheesh Mahal.

Three different sizes of doors.

The number 5 headphone sign on the wall is actually the explanation sequence of the audio guided tour.

Beautiful window bays leading towards the temple.

The entrance to the inner buildings of the Maharaja’s Palace called Suraj Pol aka Sun Gate. You needed a paid ticket to enter this part of the building so we didn’t go in. We thought that the views from outside were beautiful enough as it was.

If I’m not wrong, this part of Mehrangarh Fort is called Zenana Deodi.

By a huge metal shield.

The view of Jodhpur city from Mehrangarh Fort is the most beautiful of all!

02.55 pm – Chamunda Mataji Temple of Mehrangarh Fort.

Vivian and I went in and got ourselves “bindi-ed”. Bindi is Hindi for a bright dot of red color applied in the center of the forehead close to the eyebrows.

More squirrels.

I found out that squirrels were actually girl magnets.

Chokelao Bagh gardens by the back of Mehrangarh Fort that we didn’t enter. Anyone who wanted to enter had to pay a separate fee from the the entrance ticket.

So back to the narrow lanes of Jodhpur towards the city center.

The famous and highly fuel efficient Bajaj Cub that gave a mileage of 40km/l on average. It was only on sale for 4 years and the last was sold in 1987. Sold at a price of under US$200 at the time of its release.

Walk along Manak Chowk road towards the clock tower where you normally do your sari and shoe shopping.

Arrived at Sardar Market, a full-on bustling Indian market with a barely contained riot of sights, sounds and stinks.

The clock tower of Jodhpur.

Cows relaxing by the center of the market.

One of the wider roads in Jodhpur called Nai Sarak.

The huge Hotel Priya.

The busy street in front of the hotel.

The junction between Nai Sarak and High Court Road.

High Court Road.

Railway tracks under a road crossing.

Rathi’s Media Centre was the only place in town where you could get English language newspapers.

Hindustan Times.

Woodland India billboard ad.

Hopped into an auto rickshaw and headed back to our hotel.

05.49 pm – To the rooftop of Singhvi’s Haveli.

Sunset view of Mehrangarh Fort.

We just couldn’t get enough of the beautiful blueness of Jodhpur.

Lounging around enjoying the beautiful sunset.

06.26 pm – Seated ourselves at the eating area and ordered dinner.

Had fried rice,

mutton curry,

ground spinach with potatoes,

and flatbread.

Dinner was good!

10.13 pm – Enjoyed several bottles of India’s most popular beer, Kingfisher.

Vivian Tan by the indoor swing in the living area.

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