Travelling & Jodhpur – day 28

Another early-ish start to the day, heading to the bus station for our 7am bus to Jodhpur. Met a traveller on the same bus, who in one week had managed to spend the same amount as the two of us have spent for the month! Made me feel so much better about my budgeting skills!! The five-and-a-half hour bus journey was pretty uneventful. We’re slowly getting used to be squashed onto seats clearly designed for children – although, hopefully soon, we’ll be able to squeeze both butt cheeks onto the seat! Had the most amazing street food passed through the bus window – it was a whole green chilli, surrounded by curried mashed potato and deep fat fried! A little drop of heaven in a heart attack inducing wrapper! Arrived in Jodhpur and had the usual gaggle of TukTuk drivers waiting to pounce!! They were particularly bad today (think because the above traveller paid full asking price rather than haggling). Ended up walking down the road (past a dead cow ready to burst from built up body gases – it was quite a sight but didn’t want to linger too long!) for a bit before getting one at a fifth of the price quoted by the previous guys. Got to our hotel and had a drink on the rooftop looking at Mehrangarh Fort. Went for a walk to the train and bus stations to organise our onward travel plans over the next few days (especially with Diwali coming up!). Managed to find a way to and from where we want/need to be. Headed back to the old city via the clock tower. An old city landmark of a rather small clock tower which is surrounded by the bustling Sardar Market – another town that totally bombards the senses with sounds, sights and smells! Was nice to see that the bazaars actually catered for the Indian markets, rather than in Pushkar where it was just tourist tat!   Came back to the hotel for a little rest (it was incredibly hot today!) before having dinner. Opted for traditional Rajasthan cuisine – it was absolutely amazing although we have no idea what we ate!! Treated ourselves to a beer whilst watching bats and fireworks over the city. 

 

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