Sunday, 8 September 2013

Jodhpur - From The Rooftop

There’s a buzz about ‘Slow Travel’ these days – it’s an interesting way to explore a destination, unlike the usual way when our sole aim is to cover every single hotspot and feel good about it. I feel traveling without caring about the ‘hotspots’ is the real way to absorb a place - its atmosphere, people, lifestyle and many subtle shades that just appear on their own whenever we go around spontaneously and do things without a ‘guide’.

I explored Jodhpur from the rooftop of Hotel Haveli, where I stayed for two days. Hotel Haveli has its rooftop restaurant by the name of Jharokha. The rooftop offers some significant views of the city – Mehrangharh Fort, Jaswant Thada, Clock Tower and the Blue City.

View of Mehrangharh Fort from Hotel Haveli's rooftop
At the break of day

I woke up when it was still dark and tiptoed my way up to the rooftop for a sunrise view. Since I had got up too early, I had to wait for the sunrise. It was a different experience to be awake while the city was still asleep. Although I had to be patient while waiting for dawn, I loved the quietude around me. I had never done such a thing ever before on any of my trips! I truly feel that it’s something different to breathe in the early morning air of an unfamiliar city. As the day broke, I could see the city of Jodhpur in the mellow light of the sun.

Sunrise - a fresh view of the city
Morning routine

In a little while, I could see people beginning with their morning chores. I liked the fact that even the hotel staff got up after me! I enjoyed the murmur of morning activities at the hotel – kitchen staff taking bed tea/breakfast orders and other stuff. It, kind of, made me feel like family while I was waiting for my morning cup of tea sitting in a comfortable corner of the roof.

(Left) Rooftops of the city at dawn, (Right) Jaswant Thada seen afar
Distant view of Jaswant Thada

Jaswant Thada was one of the hotspots that I skipped in Jodhpur. I caught its distant view from the rooftop. I casually asked one of the waiters about the monument and he told me that it could be seen quite clearly from the roof. I could have visited Jaswant Thada (it’s a beautifully built mausoleum), but I found it more enchanting from a distance along with the entire panorama. I am not really a ‘monument’ crazy person. I like to enjoy everything in totality.

Clock Tower in the golden yellow light of morning
Grandeur of Mehrangharh Fort

Mehrangharh Fort is the landmark of Jodhpur. It is the soul of the city and it looks marvelous ruling the landscape. I was fortunate to witness it in all the hues of the day – dawn, dusk, twilight and night. When it gets dark and the city lights come on, the fort looks magnificent. It is wonderful to enjoy its glory while the traditional Jodhpuri cuisine is being served on your plate.

Mehrangharh Fort bathed in the beautiful hues of morning 
Clock Tower stands tall in its beauty

I have a special liking for clock towers! I think they add a lot of beauty to a city. Clock Tower of Jodhpur is distinctively beautiful – it adds an English touch to the whole traditional backdrop. I was particularly happy to have a view of the clock tower from the rooftop. It’s also one of the landmarks of Jodhpur and it looks splendid!   

Clock Tower at night
Last hour of the day

Sunset is every photographer’s favorite time. Although I had captured sunset a day earlier, I was keen on taking some sunset photographs from the rooftop as well. But to my tough luck, I got a little late and had missed out on the view.

There were other tourists too, who sat there to enjoy the beautiful hour of dusk. I started a conversation with a couple from England who had been in India for around 3 months. A brief exchange of pleasantries melted beautifully into a reverberating evening.

The Blue city glistens as the evening proceeds
Jubilation towards the night

It is absolutely a true-blue ‘Jodhpuri’ experience to have dinner at Jharokha (rooftop restaurant at Hotel Haveli) and enjoy traditional Rajasthani folk dance and music. The view around are obviously nice and the atmosphere at night is lively and festive.


Seriously, I could not have asked for more! I got to experience so much from the rooftop of a hotel – so many things to observe, grasp and take back home!

40 comments:

  1. Great post, and as usual amazing pictures... A neat pictorial tour of Jodhpur...

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  2. Lovely views! I am reminded of my visit.

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  3. Nice description.. beautiful photography..

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  4. Your roof seems like a perfect rooftop for photos!

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  5. I already know from these pictures that I'd be loving Jodhpur! I hope to go for Christmas, cross your fingers for me!

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  6. Awesome post with lovely photographs.

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  7. What some gorgeous views of Jodhpur, and well worth getting up at the crack of dawn to photograph them too :) I've been to Jaidapur, but not to Jodhpur, so it was really interesting for me :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog! The entire Rajasthan is amazing, Jo :)

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  8. I love, love, love Jodpur. I'll never forget the view of the city from high up on the mountain. Looking down at all the beautiful blue houses....and I never did get stung by a mosquito there.

    I also love the thought of being part of the family as the hotel staff makes breakfast. Makes me long to return to India. Lovely!

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  9. Beautiful! Those views and scenery were definitely worth waking up for. I'm not much of a morning person but this is a great idea to see a city from a different perspective.

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    1. Thanks Mary! Yes, morning gives a fresh perspective of a city!

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  10. Great tour, Renuka! indeed, Mehrangharh Fort is a great heritage site to visit in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. all the photographs are amazing. such a nice informative post. thanks for sharing your experience....but I just found a glorious place which is very interested and famous for their history and culture. I hope that you will know about it through my new post.and I hope you'll join us to get the next installment of my blog.



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  11. Most of the houses have blue color painted on their walls...!! This is very interesting to see...any special reason behind it Renuka ?

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    1. That's exactly why Jodhpur is known as a blue city!

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  12. The views are amazing, especially the Mehrangharh Fort. Beautiful photos, Renuka!

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    1. Thanks Salika :) Yes, Mehrangharh Fort is an amazing place!

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  13. Wonderful tour! Renuka, your post always inspire me to do better.

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    1. Thank you so much, that's very kind of you :)

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  14. Great pictures and so so beautiful. Slow travel is my only choice these days with a kid and it definitely makes me appreciate places a little more.

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    1. That's true, Kiera - slow travel helps you appreciate a destination more! Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  15. Beautiful photos and Interesting Perspective. This give me another reason to travel across India. Thanks ! :)

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    1. Thanks to you for visiting my blog! Yes, please do travel across India; it is an amazing land!

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  16. Hi Renuka,
    Thanks for taking me vicariously on your precious hotel rooftop. I enjoyed all the magnificent views from there. You're right, some structures are best appreciated from its totality than being in it. Your photos are lovely, I particularly love like the shot of the fort with the colorful homes in the foreground.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words :)

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  17. Jodhput looks really entrancing from that rooftop. My favourite way of seeing something different from the usual tourist view of a popular destination is to just go off walking round the back streets.

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    1. That's true, Andrew :) Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  18. Wow! Simply gorgeous. I love the clock tower photo at night.

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    1. Thanks Suzy :) Yeah, I love that too!

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  19. How beautiful and sleepy this city looks! I was born near Chennai but haven't been to Jodhpur...would love to go one day

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    1. Thanks Charu :) Yes, please do visit Jodhpur!

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  20. This was such a great post. I really enjoyed that you gave us such a detailed look into even the normal parts of travel. It is odd when one starts feeling at home on vacation! Such a pleasant time. Keep it up!!!

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    1. Thanks David:) Viewing Jodhpur from my hotel's rooftop was an incredible experience.

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