If you are suffering from wanderlust, Jodhpur is a must visit. This beautiful city dotted with its blue houses is a treasure trove. Even though it is called the ‘Gateway to Thar’ and sometimes ‘Sun City’, there is a lot more to Jodhpur than sand and the sun. This city is historically rich with its forts and places, and temples and havelis and so much more.
However, when I explored the real Jodhpur, the one that speaks of cultures and traditions, I was stupefied. All the credit goes to my hosts who introduced me to the numerous secrets of the Blue City which I could not have experienced had I opted for the normal tourist routine. I chose a home stay for my Jodhpur tour located in a village called Salawas in the outskirts of Jodhpur. The beautiful array of huts, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, was a happy escape.
I was taken around the Bishnoi village on an open jeep. My hosts who was a weaver happily accompanied me to show around the place. The quiet village was beautiful and hypnotizing. I had a glimpse of how life in a village in the desert functions and to say that I was amazed would be an understatement. I was mesmerized by the magic in the hands of the weavers and potters. I tried my hand at pottery and after failing miserably was taken to visit the lake. The lake is a home to a number of migratory birds. It is also a drinking point for antelopes, blackbucks of nearby area. I was well informed by my hosts beforehand about the fauna of this place and needless to say I came prepared. Armed with my binoculars and camera, I was able to capture a lot of pictures.
Coming to the adventure days, Foot Trekking and Camel Safari was both fun and exciting. With every bend in the road, I could feel the beauty of the rural life and I was mesmerized by it. The day over, when I realized I wasn’t quiet tired yet, my host asked me if I was up for some traditional music and dance. I said yes and it was completely worth it. Traditional folk music and dance was organized in the home stay and it was amazing. The artists with their colourful attires and amazing talents performed beautifully and it was an enriching experience. Now, coming to food, I was served home cooked Rajasthani food which was delicious. Cooked in the traditional style with spices, the food was great and I felt warm and contented.
As I lie under the stars on a dhurrie that I bought from my hosts, with my bags packed inside the hut, I wonder how much unaware I was about the riches of this serene place. Well, this short trip to Jodhpur was nothing short of a memorable trip, which will be etched in my mind for a long time.jodhpur, rajasthan homestay