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Oct 14, 2016 - Jodhpur - Ville Bleue

Lien à l'album photos en ligne / Link to the online photo album: https://goo.gl/photos/Q62SXqG7Rwd2HQKr9 Nous sommes toujours dans la découverte du Triangle d'Or avec un arrêt de 3 jours à Jodhpur. Jodhpur est communément surnommée la « ville bleue » car la plupart des maisons de la vieille ville sont peintes de cette couleur. Le bleu indiquait que ces maisons appartenaient à des membres de la caste des brahmanes. Le bleu offre aussi l'avantage de protéger de la chaleur et de repousser les moustiques. Jodhpur est aussi appelée « la cité du...

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Jan 31, 2016 - The Blue City

Jodhpur ended up being a pleasant surprise! We weren't expecting much, since Jodhpur had the unfortunate position in our itinerary of being between Jaisalmer and Udaipur, both of which we were super excited for. Jodhpur is nicknamed "The Blue City" because most of it's older buildings are painted, you guessed it, blue. Towering over the ancient blue city is the magnificent Mehrangarh Fort. We spent half a day here wandering around, and it turns out that the Fort is only one of a handful of extravagant buildings in Jodhpur. In fact, one of...

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Jan 27, 2016 - Bus to Jodhpur

1/27 Up and to bus station @ 5:45a.m. When I arrived and asked about the 6:30 direct bus to Jodhpur, an Indian fellow told me there was none from Mt. Abu, we'd have to take this bus down the mountain to Abu Road station for onward/connecting bus to Jodhpur. As soon as B & M arrived they barely got on when it began to go (the bus was full and it was 6a.m.)! I was happy to go in the dark because 1) Headlights made seeing oncoming vehicles easy 2) There was very little traffic. When we arrived @ the station, bought tickets for Jodhpur, got on...

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Jan 2, 2016 - New Year's Eve Kharma in the Blue City

Jodhpur is the Blue City, called that because of neighborhoods painted blue. Blue is associated with gods, the Brahmin priestly/ruling class, and mosquito repellent. In Egypt, blue was claimed to be scorpion repellent. The dominant fortress of Meherangarh is one of the best sites of its type we have ever visited. Well presented and thoughtfully interpreted by a trust established by a royal family going back 300 years. We got there via a six hour train. Onboard, Jim had climbed into an empty sleeping berth for a multi hour nap while Mo...

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Mar 4, 2015 - Jodhpur and other Footwear.

Wednesday 4th March 2015 After another excellent breakfast we are off at 9.30am for the five hour drive, plus a lunch stop, to Jodhpur. As usual the driving is not for the faint hearted - glad Shankar is doing it! Now, we thought the last place was good, but at Jodhpur, the Taj hotel is magnificent. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is just that and part of it is still the Maharaja’s Palace – simply stunning. We are greeted with another rose petal reception, huge domed reception area, glass of fizz to welcome. Then we are given a triple upgrade to a...

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Oct 25, 2014 - Nimaj - Jodhpur Oct 25

The bullocks have recovered sufficiently to 'cart' us through the village to our tour bus. Hanging on for dear life is required as the 'roads' are very bumpy. In the village children gather to wave goodbye so we gave them sweets, very acceptable as Diwali gifts. On the road to Jodhpur city, home of the Rathore rulers of Rajasthan. Pass fields of cotton, mustard seed, corn and wheat. Very flat again and we are now entering a semi-desert area. Jodhpur is a big military area (army & Air Force) due to it's proximity to the Pakistan border. We...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Jaipur - Nimaj Oct 24

First visit the Birla Temple (Laxmi Naryan Mandir). We experience a service which is very short, about 10 mins! A curtain opens to show Krishna and Lakshmi , goddess of wealth - very bling. Lots of loud canned music followed by a blessing from the priest after being sprinkled with holy water. Off to the'Albert Hall' Museum, designed by Major S. Jacob showing exhibits from local Rajasthani life. Designed to re-establish Indian architecture. Bit like a mini British Museum, small collections from around world, including one Egyptian Mummy. Of...

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Nov 13, 2013 - Bishnoi Villages

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter on Rajasthan has to say about the Bishnoi Villages: “A number of traditional villages are strung along and off the Pali road southeast of Jodhpur. The Bishnoi are a Hindu sect who follow the 500-year-old teachings of Guru Jambeshwar, who emphasized the important of protecting the environment long before it was popular to do so. Many visitors are surprised by the density – and fearlessness – of wildlife such as blackbuck, bluebills (nilgai), chinkara gazelles and...

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Nov 11, 2013 - Jodhpur

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – India chapter on Rajasthan has to say about Jodhpur: “Mighty Mehrangarh, the muscular fort that towers over the Blue City Of Jodhpur, is a magnificent spectacle and an architectural masterpiece. Around Mehrangarh’s base, the old city, a jumble of Brahim-blue cubes, stretches out to the 10km-long 16th century city wall. The ‘Blue City’ really is blue! Inside is a tangle of winding, glittering, medieval streets, which never seem to lead you where you expect them to, scented by...

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Sep 7, 2013 - 7 September - Jodhpur

Surprise, surprise! We have internet tonight! We left Jaisalmer early this morning for the drive to the blue city, Jodhpur. There was a bit of excitement on the way when we were stopped by the police who threatened to seize the truck as they said we had not paid a $2000 road tax. After lots of arguing and inspecting the truck's papers (fortunately Mic asked to check something on our papers and then quickly shoved them back in the truck so the police could not keep them), and telling us to go to the ATM and withdraw the money straight away,...

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Feb 22, 2013 - Jodhpur

Wednesday, February 20 Today was a driving day. After a lazy morning, we headed cross country to Jodhpur, the furthest west we will go. Leaving Pushkar, I noticed groups of women along the road. They had come to the water tap at the end of their street to fill containers to carry home for the tasks of the day. It is easy to forget just how hard life is for many of the people here. A family of four are sometimes riding one motorcycle if the children are small enough. Most people seem to have basic shelter, although we have seen tent/shanty...

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Feb 5, 2013 - Jodhpur

Re-entering India was a breeze, though we suffered a few palpitations when the immigration officer in Yangon balked, claiming our visa wouldn't allow us to return to India within 60 days. We had a multi-entry visa and, following some persuasive discussion, he stamped our passports and let us board the plane. So we left Yangon for Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and from there we made the five hour trip to Delhi. At the airport we were met by some people from a transit service who guided us through immigration without a hitch. We spent the night at...

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India & Burma, 2013

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