Blogs From Our Travels Around Rajasthan - Pushkar & Jodhpur

Hi !

After a few hectic days in Delhi we took the train West to Ajmer Junction, and as the sun began to appear over the horizon, hopped on a rather rattly truck through the Thar Desert and on to Pushkar.

Pushkar is a small and very intimate Rajasthani town and most significantly, a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs. The focal point of Pushkar is the sacred Lake right in the centre of the town where pilgrims come from far and wide to bathe in the holy water through the many ghats (steps down to the lake).

We spent a few lazy days in Pushkar, wandering around its narrow streets lined with local handicraft sellers, monkeys perched in window frames watching the world go by whilst absorbing the sights of people dressed in colourful local dress and the sounds of beautiful Rajasthani music frequently drifting through the air.

Although travellers are noticeable everywhere in Pushkar, unlike other places I have been to, where the growth of tourism has been to their detriment, Pushkar has retained its personality and charm.

Being a very spiritual and holly town, consumption of meat and eggs is strictly forbidden in Pushkar resulting in an array of mouth watering vegan food to choose from. If I had to pick a favourite (and yes not a local dish I know) it would have to be the superb mouth tingling wraps at Laffa Wala bursting with tahini and 'to die for' falafel !

We stayed in the wonderful Seventh Heaven in Pushkar which I can highly recommend ! An amazing traditional Rajasthani building, set over 6 floors and open to the elements, as you walk into the foyer, you are greeted by a lovely fountain surrounded by a scattering of rose petals. The Seventh Heaven is bursting with all sorts of plants in every corner, and there are comfy sofas to chill out and relax in after a long day's exploring. And all this decadence for an amazing price ! (I think we paid around £25/night for a family suite with two rooms.) The Sixth Sense rooftop restaurant serves mouth watering regional dishes.

From Pushkar we took the train west to Jodhpur, the blue city. With the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort perched high on a hill overlooking the maze of rooftops below, it truly is a fascinating place to visit.

Typical of many Asian towns, the door to people's houses are often left open to the street with no particular concern for privacy, each an insight into daily Indian family life. One can happily wander aimlessly around Jodhpur for hours, munching on mouth watering street snacks when peckish and stopping for chats with locals when in the need of conversation.

To understand why Jodhpur is known as “the blue city” you need to head into the older quarters of Jodhpur where many of the houses are painted blue.

There is disagreement as to why blue was chosen; some say the colour is associated closely with the Brahmins, India’s priestly caste, and the blue houses of the old city belong to families of that caste. Consequently, you might well hear the properties referred to as the ‘Brahmin Houses’.

There’s also an argument that termites are the real reason the houses are painted blue. The theory goes that historically, termites caused significant structural damage to a large number of the buildings of Jodhpur. The insects are said to have munched their way into the walls of dwellings and businesses. By adding chemicals including copper sulphate to the standard whitewash it helped to discourage their return.

Either way, the scattering of blue houses across the city with the dominant reddish rock on which the Mehrangarh Fort is perched, makes it a fascinating place to photograph. Unfortunately when we were there the air quality was again very poor so I was unable to capture the vibrance that would've been apparent on clearer days. 

We stayed in The Castle View Home Stay & Roof Top Cafe during our visit to Jodhpur which was smack bang in the blue city.

Next week I'll write of our trip on to Jaisalmer, The Golden City as it is often referred to, my encounter with a lovely man on the train from the Border Force with whom I shared Chapatis and Whisky whilst he recited William Wordsworth poetry to me, and of course our experiences of the fascinating city itself.  

Just like the stories of our travels all our gift boxes tell a colourful story of the amazing people who make them ! Click here to see our latest gift boxes !

Take Care

Jeremy, Tina & Girls

SOUND BITES FROM PUSHKAR & JODHPUR

Rajasthani Music, Pushkar

Pushkar Procession

Music At Mehrangarh Fort Pt 1

Music At Mehrangarh Fort Pt 2

Music At Mehrangarh Fort Pt 3

Jodhpur Early Morning Prayer

Jodhpur Chanting

Jodhpur Tuktuk Music

Jodhpur Station Sounds

Speaking to Deepak

Jemima & Carlotta With Some Children In Pushkar

A Rajasthani Man In Pushkar

Tina At Mehrangarh Fort

Monkeys Huddled Together, Pushkar

Chilli Seller in Jodhpur Market

The Sacred Lake In Pushkar

Catching Up With The News In A Small Cafe in Jodhpur Market

Waiting For The Train To Jaisalmer At Jodhpur Station

Grandfather & Grandson in Jodhpur

Breakfast In Jodhpur Market

A Beautiful Display of Fragrant Frangipani Petals, Jodhpur

 Freya & Jemima With A Girl At  Mehrangarh Fort

Rajasthani Men In Pushkar

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

A Brahmin Lady Outside Her Blue House, Jodhpur

Jemima & Carlotta, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

A Small Squirrel, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Tina Relaxing At The Seventh Heaven, Pushkar

A Musician, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Jemima, Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

A Boy Sorting Through The Vegetables, Streets of Jodhpur

A Man Making Street Snacks, Streets of Jodhpur

Taking A Break !

The Vegetable Seller, Streets of Jodhpur

Traditional Rajasthani Man, Pushkar

Hanging Out Tin Boxes, Streets of Jodhpur

A Holy Sadhu (Monk), Pushkar

A Holy Sadhu (Monk), Pushkar

Looking Out Over The Blue Houses of Jodhpur & Mehrangarh Fort

Looking Out Over The Blue Houses of Jodhpur From Mehrangarh Fort

Vegan Restaurant, Pushkar

Taking A Break From Painting, Pushkar

Jemima & Carlotta Enjoying Fried Chappatis, Pushkar

Chai Seller, Pushkar

The Girls in Jodhpur

Jodhpur Market

Jemima & Carlotta Getting One of Their 5 A Day In Jodhpur

A Procession Through The Streets Of Pushkar

Frying Pakora in Pushkar

A Temple in Pushkar

The Seventh Heaven Hotel, Pushkar

The Seventh Heaven Hotel, Pushkar

Laffa Falafel, Pushkar

The Seventh Heaven, Pushkar

A Monkey Eating A Piece of Sugar Cane, Pushkar

A Shop Seller Amazed By Carlotta, Pushkar

Tina At Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

A Group of Rajasthani Men Taking A Stroll Through The Streets of Pushkar

A Spice Seller, Jodhpur Market

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