The Blue City | Jodhpur
We spent a very brief afternoon in Jodhpur, affectionately known as The Blue City.
Our flying visit began, literally, by flying around the fort. We used an Australian company called Flying Fox to take us zip lining around the Mehrangarh Fort and it was fabulous! The Mehrangarh Fort is one of the largest in India and was built in around 1460 AD. For students and those under 24, the zip lining costs 1600 Rupee - so about £16 - for those over 24 it's 1900 Rupee. There are 6 lines in total and the views are fantastic. Definitely make it a priority if you're in the area.
From there we headed down into the town to check out some local spice markets. Whilst learning about the spices was interesting, I wouldn't recommend the place we went to - although I'm sure it's all much of a muchness. Rather like a silk scarf shop we visited in Jaisalmer, the whole experience was just awkward. You all sit around a room and are brought refreshments whilst the shop owner drills into you how respected they are and how their shop is different to every other shop out there. Then it's a case of sitting awkwardly and feeling pressured into buying things before you leave. We later visited an actual outdoor market with the spice piled high on weighing scales, like in Marrakech, which was a much cooler experince.
Before I go let me also tell you about dinner. We had what is known as a thali. For those of you who, like me, had no idea what this is, it's basically a tasting menu type thing. You'll get a big plate with loads of different dishes that are then filled up with all kinds of Indian cuisine. There are also breads, sauces, and sweets. In total we had about 35 different things and everything can get refilled for free as many times as you want. Madness. Also probably a really good idea if you're not suffering from Death By Curry like I am.