Jodhpur Journals

Jodhpur Jaunt: Women-Only Weekend

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A September 2007 trip to Jodhpur by phileasfogg

Looking out at Jodhpur Photo, Jodhpur, India More Photos
Quote: When five overworked women decide they need a break, even a weekend’s sufficient. And in a historic, picturesque town in the Thar desert? Good fun.

Jodhpur Jaunt: Women-Only Weekend

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Overview

Looking out at Jodhpur Photo, Jodhpur, India
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I'll begin with a brief note of explanation. Booga, Gops, Sim and Freebie aren’t really called that. They all have perfectly lovely, very Indian names; the nicknames have all been acquired over the years. Now that this disclaimer’s reduced my chances of being lambasted by a girl who doesn’t want the world to think she’s actually named Freebie – well, now we can move on to what this trip was all about. We were desperate for a break from office, so we decided on a weekend in Jodhpur. The train journey to and from Delhi is overnight, so that would give us almost two full days in Jodhpur. Jodhpur’s the stuff of India tourism brochures: golden desert, towering fort, loca...Read More

Newtons Manor

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Hotel

Newtons Manor Photo, Jodhpur, India
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The Newtons Manor Web site looked nice and made alluring promises of everything from a microwave oven and coffee maker to flowers and fireplaces in every room. The only extra we discovered was a drawer full of women’s undergarments.   Okay, let me amend that. There were other surprises in store for us. Gops and I shared a small but comfortable room, with a double bed, one chair, TV and a slew of occasional tables. Pleasant room, but the bathroom door had nothing – no rack, rail, h...Read More

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Newtons Manor
86, Jawahar Colony
Jodhpur, India

Dakshin

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Restaurant

Dakshin Photo, Jodhpur, India
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Considering the fact that the logo of this hotel is a maple leaf, the name seems to be a sad case of sheer bad English. All five of us women work in Content Development (except Freebie, who’s been in journalism), so five pained looks were exchanged when we got out of our autorickshaws and saw the sign. Ouch. But it was already 3.15 and we were ravenous, so we strode into the hotel lobby – empty except for a handful of workers doing some very messy renovation. Dakshin, we were told, was on the first floor, so off we went. It was a midsized restaurant, with large windows looking out onto an unprepossessing street. The décor was insignificant enough for me to have forgotten what it was; all I can re...Read More

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Dakshin
Mapple Abhay Jodhpur; Paota Circle
Jodphur, India
+91 (291) 2542971

Café Mehran

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Restaurant

Café Mehran Photo, Jodhpur, India
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By 3pm, the five of us were hungry enough to eat a horse – or a cartload of grass, considering that three of us are vegetarian. We’d eaten a couple of sandwiches around 11am, and all the parading around Mehrangarh since then had taken its toll. Thirsty, hungry and tired, we decided it was time for lunch.   Mehrangarh has two restaurants. The first one, a narrow dingy joint where someone was sleeping at a table, was close to the main entrance and didn’t look at all inviting. The second one – Café Mehran – was close to the Zanani Deodi, and though...Read More

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Café Mehran
Mehrangarh Museum Trust
Jodphur, India 342006
+91 (291) 2510101

Jaswant Thada

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Attraction

Jaswant Thada Photo, Jodhpur, India
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After Mehrangarh, Freebie and I marched off downhill towards Jaswant Thada. The rest were pooped, and hot and irritable to boot. Before we knew it, they’d negotiated with a couple of autorickshaws-wallahs to take us to Jaswant Thada and then on to Jodhpur. Freebie and I were intercepted and summarily told to "Hop in!"   Sardar Singh built Jaswant Thada in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (reigned: 1876-95). Memorials to the rest of the Rathores were later constructed here, so Jaswant Thada today is all cenotaphs, white...Read More

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Jaswant Thada

Jodhpur, India

Mandore Gardens

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Attraction | "Mandor Gardens"

Mandore Gardens Photo, Jodhpur, India
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Mandor had been a suggestion by a receptionist at Newtons Manor, and when we arrived at the gardens, we all wished we hadn’t listened to the man. The gate to Mandor was almost hidden behind a plethora of hawkers selling ice cream, colas, mineral water and cheap souvenirs. There were hordes of autorickshaws, and the number of people milling around put us off.   We’d travelled far, however – in Jodhpur terms, 9 km is far – so we decided to make the most of it, and made our way in. The path was wide and flanked by lawns with trees and flowerbed...Read More

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Mandore Gardens

Jodhpur, India

Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum

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Attraction | "Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum"

Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum Photo, Jodhpur, India
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Umaid Bhawan was light years beyond our budget, but we wanted to see the palace museum. Air-conditioned interiors; interesting history – ah, bliss. But the best-laid plans of mice, men and women tend to go awry. The Umaid Bhawan Palace Museum is small, interesting only in parts, and – the unkindest cut of all – not air-conditioned. We fortified ourselves with chilled cans of Pepsi at the outdoor garden café, then bought our tickets (Rs 15 apiece; Rs 200 if you’re foreign).   The first hall – large and dim – was the most informative. I...Read More

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Umaid Bhavan Palace Museum

Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort

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Attraction | "Mehrangarh: The Most Impressive Fort in Rajasthan"

Mehrangarh Fort Photo, Jodhpur, India
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A friend once said that the most impressive fort in Rajasthan – a land of impressive forts – is Mehrangarh. All the photographs of Mehrangarh, looming majestically over the blue-tinted houses of Jodhpur, were proof enough. Therefore, when we decided to go to Jodhpur, Mehrangarh topped my itinerary. A little bit of history first. The construction of Mehrangarh was begun by Maharaja Rao Jodha in 1459. The fort was built on a 120m high hill called Bhakurcheeria (‘The Mountain of Birds’), and to ensure that the gods blessed the citadel, ...Read More

Mehrangarh Fort
Moti Mahal Chowk, In The Museum Area
Jodhpur, Rajasthan
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