Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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The cities of Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Jaipur have nicknames and are known respectively as the Golden City, the Blue City, and the Pink City.  Jaisalmer is so called because of the sandstone used in its buildings and I believe Jaipur’s name comes from the color of their stone (we’ll see when we get there).  Jodhpur’s houses are mostly lime washed blue in an effort to keep them a little cooler in the intense summer heat.

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Despite being very tired from our interrupted sleep due to getting a new room for the boys in the middle of the night (the a/c troubles), we ended up having a very full day, starting at Mehrangarh fort, then Jaswant Thada, the cenotaphs of the Merwar Maharajas since the late 19th century. Sardar Bazaar in the center of town was our last stop before a wonderful lunch at Kalinga, a restaurant near the train station. Great food, good service, nicely appointed, inexpensive.

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While Kelly and Aaron came back to the hotel for a rest, Ben and I went to the Umaid Bhavan Palace near our hotel, and finally we all took a little “safari” outside of Jodhpur and got to see a pretty wide variety of wildlife on Bishnoi lands.

Since the day was so full (and I took so many photos!), I’ll do separate posts on each of the above.

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