Our favourite eatery in Udaipur; Yummy Yoga had kindly opened their doors early so that we could eat breakfast before leaving. We gorged on sweet porridge before taking a tuk tuk to the bus stop on a dusty street corner. We had to wait for a little while and there was some confusion as to which bus we needed to board but eventually ours arrived and we jumped on. It was a mixed sleeper and seated bus, we had seated tickets. The journey wasn't too bad though quite hot and once in Jodhpur we were dropped off on the side of a busy motorway miles from the city centre itself. We bargained with a tuk tuk driver who drove us to the clock tower, a popular spot for tourists. We reached the clock tower a few minutes from our guesthouse when our tuk tuk began to splutter until it stopped completely. A huge swarm of locals surrounded us which was a tad overwhelming to say the least. The tuk tuk wouldn't go and so despite not having a clue how to navigate the maze of streets to our guesthouse we paid up and said we'd walk. Luckily, a few minutes later the driver had got his motor working again and had caught up with us, whizzing us to our guesthouse door.
The room was a little dismal and the air conditioner was broken, the heat was intense, as it was everyday and I was feeling low after a difficult journey. The owner said he'd get it fixed in a few hours so we ventured out for some food. Despite Jodhpur being the second largest city in the state of Rajasthan it appeared that most of the cafés and restaurants were closed for low season. Many of the narrow roads were being dug up for work and the swarms of motorbikes made the place feel claustrophobic and chaotic. All of the best reviewed places were closed so we ate on the roof terrace of the restaurant opposite the guesthouse, owned by the same family. The food was shocking, so much so that I couldn't eat much of mine. We returned to the guesthouse and moved to a dark room at the back of the building with no windows. It was dingy but I wasn't too fussed as at least it was cool and we would get a good nights sleep. I had a feeling that we wouldn't be staying too long in Jodhpur anyway.
Breakfast the next morning wasn't the best, I was beginning to see a theme with food in Jodhpur. To save our strength we took a tuk tuk up the hill to Mehrangarh Fort which overlooks the city and is one of the largest forts in India. Inside the fort were rooms displaying a variety of historic pieces, from silver to carriages that would have carried the rich fort occupants. Some of the rooms were so decadently decorated, with shimmering glass, colourful jewels and intricately woven rugs and fabrics. As we climbed the stairs to each room the views outside became better and better and the breeze was cooler and stronger. It was a welcome relief to stand in the shade with the wind breaking through the stifling heat. We took a walk to see the canons and temple though we didn't go in before walking downhill back to our guesthouse. It's amazing how tiring it is to walk in such extreme heat, I was glad to reach the shade of the buildings in the city and admired the pretty shades of blue that many of the houses and shops were painted. We tried our luck with a different place for dinner where I had a simple dal fry, a sauce made from chickpeas served with naan bread.
The next morning I wasn't feeling well at all, it appeared that I'd finally succumbed to 'Delhi belly' though I wasn't surprised judging by the awful food we'd had since arriving in Jodhpur. Unfortunately we had a long travel day ahead so I had to take some tablets and get on with it with horror stories running through my head of what could happen. Luckily I was fine and we arrived in Jaisalmer by bus, our last stop in Rajasthan.
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