This self sufficient little village was a treat to stop at. Other than the request for pens from the children who really did get a bit much towards the end, no body hassled us, nobody asked for money and while I doubt we were a rare sight to this little village, it had yet to become spoiled by tourism. The other nice thing was that this little hamlet was clean, there was none of the rubbish or even poverty as seen in other such villages.
One of the guys I was with saw an ice cream vendor outide the gates selling ice creams for 1 rupee each. A few children had gathered nearby so he gave the vender 5 rupee to buy them ice creams.
The second lady was standing at the gate as we left. She was holding a little child who I presumed may have been her grandchild. She couldn’t speak English like most I encountered here but she motioned for me to take a photo. The same hesitation but the same result. She tried to call a young lady over (maybe the childs mother) but she was more reluctant to have her photo taken. When I had taken it and showed her, you would have thought that all her Christmas’s had come at once. She was thrilled to see herself and the child together and I think wanted for me to give it to her. Somehow I explained that it wouldn’t come out of the camera. On hindsight, had I been able to get a name and address, I would certainly have sent her a copy.
Location : Nimaj, 110 kms east of Jodhpur
After leaving the Palace Hotel to head back to the alleyways to the road, I was approached by a couple of ladies. The first was an old lady with missing front teeth and a large ring through her nose. Her eyes were so mischievous. She was sitting on a mat on the pathway surrounded by bangles, colourful cords and threads. She welcomed me to take a photo. Usually I would be hesitant. As you find out with touring through India, a photo usually follows with an extended palm for money. She however did not such thing, she just wanted her picture taken and wanted to see the display of herself.
Location : Nimaj, 110km east of Jodhpur
In little nooks and crannies of shops there was the odd tailor sewing an order on an old style machine or a barber sprucing up one of the locals. Foreign visitors didn’t seem to slow them down, it was more an idle curiosity. Some smiled and said hello, other’s just watched us as we walked by.
Location : Nimaj, 110kms east of Jodhpur
This was a very typical Rajasthani village made up of mud plastered huts. Colourful clothes and fabrics hung from rusting metal frames along with household products and brooms. The mode of transport through these lanes and passageways was either motorbike or pushbike, the rest just walked.
Location :Nimaj, 110km east of Jodhpur
All of a sudden little children came out of the woodwork, smiling and giggling and obviously pleased to be seeing new faces. They followed us along the narrow pathways through the village, with more joining as we went along. I felt a little like the pied piper. All the wanted and probably knew how to say was ‘pens’. They wanted pens as most rural children seemed to do. Then a group of them wanted their photo taken.
Location Nimja - 110kms east of Jodhpur
Nimaj is a small place in the Marwar Region of Rajasthan. There are temples in the area one which goes back to the 9th century. Chhatra Sagar and Jagram Durg Fort are also places to see in Nimaj.
Nimaj was a lunch stop for us traveling between Jaipur and Jodhpur. We had been traveling most of the day through rural Rajasthan a small villages along the way. Suddenly we pulled along outside a large wall with an archway gateway.
Location : Nimaj is around 110 kms (2 hrs) from Jodhpur
Panchkund Chattris or cenotaphs of the Queens is 3 Kms from Mandore. Not by far as large and grand as the cenotaphs of the rulers they are profoundly moving. Indeed in their simple and quite dignity the seem to say, "Here in sprit lie Marwar's queens.Let not anyone forget they were the strenght of the Rathores." The chattris lie in near ruin but it is believed they must not be disturbed. They too must follow the natural cycle.
Outside of Jodpur, one can chase some local game and in the process get to know the locals who are very protective of their environment. On the way to the villages you can be stuck in an animal traffic jam as shown on the pictures in my Rajasthan page, something quite exotic for city folks.
And again monkeys! Monkeys everywhere! :)
Do u know that on streets of India you can meet cows, dogs and monkeys, but no cats. I havent seen a single cat in India. Locals told me that they have cats, just they are staying in and never make any walks outside.
Visit the Jaswant Thanda - an impressive white marble mausoleum dedicated to Jaswant Singh II. The views over Jodhpur are great, the gardens are nice to walk around, and there are not too many people.
Usually you can visit the Jaswant Thanda on the way to the Fort, which is an absolute must see
A short walk behind the mehrangarh fort takes you to the clock tower of Jodhpur where you can have an awesome meal of omelettes at a roadside jaunt called the Omelette Shop
One of the fascinating palaces of Jodhpur is the Umaid Bhavan palace. Maharaja Umaid Singh constructed it in 20th century. A part of the palace has now been converted into a hotel and a museum.
I watched a woman do some embroidery work and eventually bargained to buy a beautifully mirrored wedding blanket.