05.11.2010 - 05.11.2010 109 °F
Hello from Jodhpur, Rajasthan!
Multiple Kingfisher flights from Varanasi to Delhi to Udaipur to Jodhpur today. Went incredibly smoothly, however I got seat 3F on a French Made ATF turboprop plane. What that means is there’s a set of propellers spinning at arm’s length, like a saw blade. If one would have let loose, only half of me would be typing this… that would be interesting… t d es t w r ver we (it doesn’t work very well).
Jodhpur is quite the contrast from Varanasi. We landed into an empty airport. I waited outside for the hotel/guest house driver to pick me up. After 10 minutes in the 109 degree heat I noticed that everybody was gone. Seriously, an empty airport! A few minutes later the driver arrived and we headed to the Mandore Guest House – an oasis in the desert. Even stranger is that my hotel is empty! I am the only customer. It’s the hot season so very few tourists go to Jodhpur. The guest house owner lives on the property and his wife made a traditional vegetarian dinner for me. It was very tasty without being too spicy. My favorite is Chapatis with Dal.
Tomorrow I will visit the massive Meherangarh fort on a hill and wander the old city below.