Clambering to the top of the fort, finally we were able to truly appreciate the incredible juxtaposition of the blue city of Jodhpur, India.
Stretching out into the distance, a mosaic of vibrant blue buildings punctured the barren orange and red Earth below them. It was quite a sight. We’d been in town for a few days, but this was the first time we’d been able to climb to the top of the fort due to the annual Holi festival of colours which had taken place the day before. For a city that is already vividly colourful, to see it covered in a multitude of other colours made our time there all the more special.
The truth of it is, we spent our time in Jodhpur relaxing, wandering the maze of alleyways and markets, bumping into random characters along the way and eating lots of Thali, all with a backdrop of vivid blues. Sometimes the best experiences when travelling are to plan to do nothing, to sit back and watch this new and interesting world pass by around you. Without this attitude, how would we have experienced cows trying to eat out lunch as we hunched on plastic stools on the roadside as various scooters, tuk tuks and cows passed by? Or watching the locals try to scrub the colours from Holi from their buildings and roads?
We did, however, manage to climb to the top of Mehrangarh Fort at the heart of the city, and we were rewarded with panoramic views and some new friends as well. Our time in the fort was very special, not because of the fort itself (although it was impressive) but more for the people we met there. With it being the day after Holi, every person we met was still in high spirits from the celebration. We found people across India to be very friendly with us, but we met so many families in the fort that day all eager to talk to us and have their photo taken.
This was not an uncommon experience for us, but we’ve never had a queue of people waiting to have their photos taken by us. We felt so much love and happiness in the fort that day, every person we met was warm, friendly and engaging with us. A day we’ll never forget, or the people we met.