And onto Jodhpur we went! I'm glad I had this city recommended to me; it's very beautiful. We arrived at around 10pm on our bus from Jaipur feeling a little disorientated by the journey, though it wasn't as bad as some people have said. I think it helped to have someone with me though, or I'd have been scared and paranoid about missing my stop. As it was we were dropped off somewhere random I swear was not the bus station. Then off to find our guest house, Baba Haveli! We hopped in a rickshaw (after bartering our price, as per usual) and drove off. We passed the clocktower and ended up going down some very small lanes, but then it was there! And we checked in fine, had a western style toilet (one up on Jaipur just there! :P ). Then napping!
The next day was an exploration of Jodhpur and getting some souvenir and present shopping done. We got a lesson on spices in a spice shop (where I spent too much... But got a good price on a gram of saffron :D ),then our host took us to a textiles shop where we learnt about how to tell fake silk and fake kashmir from the real stuff. This did involve burning it, and fake silk melts (it's plastic) whilst fake kashmir smells of burnt paper (as it pretty much is just paper). Real silk and kashmir both smell of burnt hair when burned, and real kashmir is also waterproof. Useful to know! Then we just got used to all the shops and went hunting for elephant tapestries and a dress. But we had found most of our souvenirs/gifts, so we were quite happy to just enjoy taking in India. Then we dumped all our stuff back at the hostel and had a cooking lesson! We didn't get to make anything ourselces, but we saw how to make a stuffed paratha, a samisa, veg curry and a lassi. All good stuff!
The next day we had an excursion to Jodhpur fort, which was pretty awesome. It's huuuge! And from what the audio guide said, never been breached. There is also an odd place at the beginning where a man volunteered to be sealed alive in a wall as a sacrifice to the gods to get water in the area. The many many palaquins were super pretty too, and I can imagine it would be quite fun to ride in them (not to carry them.though :P ), though I'd have been waving rather then hiding myself. :D We also saw a random.little temple by the outer walls, which had an awesome chipmonk squeaking at us. He was the best! Then we went to another small palace/temple place (it looked bigger from afar) and we wondered round there. Super pretty and peaceful. Then it was time to skype our families for easter (this being the only day I've really missed english food, wanting a roast dinner and a chocolate egg :P ). We foundban awesome place for dinner and a new love. Kashmiri pulau rice.Soo goood~ and the veg makhaul (or whatever it was called),aloo firesco and the garlic naan were all great too. My tastiest meal in India so far, and very hard to beat I'd imagine. :) (though the most fun one was the banana leaf in chennai). Then a last minute bargain was fiscovered and i found a gorgeous elephant tapesyry that I immedoately fell in love with. :D and got it for only Rs.600 too! Plus we managed to find conditioner and body wash, which was perfect timing as my tiny bottles of the stuff were just running out.
Our last day in Jodhpur was largely us running around trying to sort out posting stuff home. We got zippy bags to put tjings in, then parcel taped them. Buuut they had to be fully sealed, so we had to wait ages as they were wrapped in material and sewn shut, then the post ofgice turned out to only be a little cheaperthen fedex, so baaack to gofedex them, more waiting as they were weighed and calls mafe. But sorted eventually, so yay! Then we had an omelette made by omelette man at the omelette stand (as recommended by lonely planet), a masala cheese omelette. I really enjoyed it! The cream cheese rather then solid cheese was a nice touch. Then we booked our bus tickets to Udaipur, used the nt, got some snacks and ansorbed some culture before another dinner with the BEST rice (kashmiri) and our overnight hus at 10pm. Onwards to Udaipur!