Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Jodhpur- Acknowledged For Its Vibrant Culture


Courtesy: Rajasthantrip.com

After my lavish and pleasurable journey on the Palace on Wheels, I arrived at Jodhpur. It was my second visit to this enigmatic city of Rajasthan. Chayan, my friend, being very punctual, was waiting for me at the station. I hadn't met him for a couple of years, I guess. Being a bachelor, his flat in Jodhpur was actually disheveled and unkempt. Even so, I liked it, as it reflected the typical bachelor's freedom - to enjoy every bit of life.
Chayan's flat is close to the Polo Ground, which was hosting the three day International Desert Kite Festival. After a cool shower and a heavy breakfast, we moved on to the Polo Ground that was full of the kite flyers from India as well as all over the world. This International Kite Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January (on Makar Sankranti). People were gathered to reveal their kite flying skills with full enthusiasm and vigor. Air Force helicopters were also releasing a number of kites from the sky. The sky was full of kites and balloons of various designs and colors. The festival is truly a blend of enthusiasm, colours, brotherhood, entertainment and mouthwatering Rajasthani sweets like Phirni.
I was dying to pamper my taste buds with the fiery and aromatic Jodhpuri cuisine which is why we first drove to Jalori Gate by bike and ordered two plates of “Pyaz Ki Kachori” and a few red meat and white meat preparations along with the grilled Kebabs and Tikkas. Our meal ended with a glass full of Makhania Lassi made with saffron, yoghurt and sugar, at the Clock Tower. After a tiring day, we came back home and spent the peaceful evening while relaxing and playing cards on the terrace. A cook prepares food for Chayan at his place everyday. He came around 7:30 pm and prepared the traditional Dal Bati Churma, Bajre ki Roti, Besan k Gatte and Kair Sangri for dinner.
I had already visited the Mehrangarh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhawan Palace, Museum, Maha Mandir Temple etc. during my last trip to Jodhpur. Therefore I decided to devote my Sunday to another traditional fair. Chayan also insisted that I visit Nagaur town to see the Nagaur Fair (Cattle Fair) that lasts for eight days. The fair was simply a sea of animals trading over a lakh of lavishly decorated bullocks, camels and horses. We enjoyed watching sports like tug-of-war, camel races, bullock races and cock fights at the Nagaur town. After returning to Jodhpur, Chayan took me to the Girdikot and Sardar Market. The colourful Bazaar is situated near the Clock tower. Its narrow lanes are dotted with tiny shops selling exquisite Rajasthani silver jewelry, marble curios with inlay work, handicrafts, clay figurines of camels and elephants, Rajashani textiles, etc.
The short Safari to the nearby villages was simply amazing. I realized that a number of attractions were left untouched during my last visit. Chayan proved to be a good partner throughout the trip.

23 comments:

NAVAL LANGA said...

Mr. Arun Gangwar

Being resident of Gujarat, I have visited Rajasthan several times. But still I am to see the real one, Jesalmer and other places. Will visit soon.

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Aman said...

hey arun. its good u enjoy rajasthan.

as for me, i live in the US. so mismanagement, rude public behaviour, shabby buildings make me feel sad. there are far too many, much more beautiful places here.

Arun Gangwar said...

Aman, I agree with you. Things are not as good as one wants. But we are here to make it better and hope things will get better oneday. Things are changing! and you could also be the part of this revolution. Don't hate otherwise things will go more worse. If intellectual like you, can't be part of this system then who could else be?

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Anonymous said...

Hi, We recently visited Rajasthan. We drove from Delhi stopping at Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and finally Jaisalmer. The drive was fantastic and minus some stretches it was all qxotic. Jodhpur - Jaipur highway is under construction. The hills are now chisseled to make way for more traffic. Sad but what to do. !!

Well, all the way it was an awesome drive. When we reached Jaisalmer our first break was at Sam sand dunes. Excitement was palpabble. The only dissapointment was the local people, those camel jockeys who are cheating tourists but thats everywhere.People fall for this and all they need is your money. Try avoid this trap. The camel riders will hook at Rs 50 for showing desert but no one knows how far they will take you and thats the catch. After some time they will suggest something that you will laugh later after being flecced. Clarify here but still the tarp is tempting. You will enjpoy even this bit of being fooled :)

Experience Sam sand dunes and try to go Khuri. Little quiet. But the big fun is between Pokharan and Dechu. The real THAR experience. I am yet to experience it but could see while returning back and was to;ld by local resort attendatnts.

Jodhpur was a place worth staying for a day or two. The Heritage Haveli near Bombay Motor Circle was fantastic.The management is involved at all levels to ensure that guests are taken care of. A feel that gives you comfort and rejuvenate for next day road trip and a long drive.

Will share more after my second trip to Hamaro Rajasthan on some off beat road to drive upon.

Have fun and sparkle !!

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Wonderful description of vibrant Jodhpur for sure. Rich in culture and tradition, Jodhpur still conserved some beauty of history in its festivals, forts and cuisines also.

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