The Mehrangarh fort which stands imposingly on the hill looking over Jodphur is a huge complex, built in 1459 by Rao Jodha, inside which there are a number of palaces and museums.
We arrived in the morning, as this fort also boasts another attraction which I was keen to try – zip lining. There are six ziplines which traverse from the fort across lakes and ravines, so I paid my money and off I went. The staff from Flyingfox were amazing, helpful and patient with this old lady. We had some initial training and a short, low, test zip to practice, and then off we went. Initially I was a bit nervous, but it felt very safe. The experience was awesome fun, but not very scary. The heat made it a hard slog between zip stations, with little shade, but otherwise it was a great experience.
The Wise One explored the fort while I zipped. Like many of these attractions, you can get an audio guide which explains the history and details of the fort.
After lunch we returned to the hotel for a nap, as we were both exhausted. Then in the evening we visited the Sadar Clocktower market, which was a crazy bustling place with loads of shops and stalls selling everything you could want. I bought some bangles, as every woman needs bangles, to go with my tailor made shalwar kameez bought in Udaipur.
We visited the Jaswant Thada mausoleum, built in 1889 which is a marble memorial for the royal family.
We stopped at a shop where the Wise One bought a red beret, as he has seen many people wearing them here; he also chose a badge which turns out to be that of the royal family of Jodhpur, so now wherever he goes, people smile at him, especially when we visited the royal palace!
The Umaid Bhavan palace and museum was built in the 1930s and completed in 1943 by Maharaja Umaid Singh, who died 4 years later. This building is home to the current Maharaja of Jodhpur, who was crowned in 1947 when he was 4 years old. It also has his vintage car collection on display and the museum houses some of the royal family’s artefacts including photographs, jewellery, weapons and household items and antique clocks.