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Thursday, 9 September 2010

Jodhpur's Mehrangarh Fort

Impressions of India: 28
My partner Simon came out to join me for my last 2 weeks in India - though, given the ash cloud, we're weren't sure til the very day before that he would actually be able to fly. Which meant we couldn't make any firm plans, or book any internal flights, ahead of time.

India is really not designed for people to rush around, and next-day tickets can be as much as 4 times more expensive than booked in advance. What's more, the heat in Rajasthan was, by now, absolutely punishing at a hard-to-breathe 40-45F.

While waiting for our taxi to pick us up from Jodhpur's impressive C15th Mehrangarh Fort, standing in scraps of shade offered by thorny trees, I found I was panting, tongue out, like a dog (in an instinctive attempt to lower my body temperature), while Si was experiencing alarming surges of pins and needles up both arms.

But it was well worth the effort - not least for the spectacular collection of royal howdahs (elephant seats)  used by the Maharaja of Mewar (Udaipur Kingdom) for ceremonial occasions.

And here are some of the royal howdahs - beautifully elaborate but possibly not terribly comfortable!

Great views of the sadly-not-entirely Blue City
Posts still to come: 
Jodhpur Palace & the fabulous Jain temples en route to Udaipur
Family Portraits at Mountain Ridge
Udaipur's lake, bats and palace

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