India: the blue city

After the golden city, we arrived in the blue city: Jodhpur. We were lucky enough to stay in a heritage haveli with the most beautiful rooftop view on the fort and the whole city. Jodhpur is like the other big Rajasthani cities: overwhelming, but still nice and pretty. We didn’t visit the fort as it was way too expensive but we wandered around town, in the market and the nearby villages. It is probably one of the most colorful places I’ve ever been too, from the blue houses, the bangle shops, the sarees on the market and the sweet stalls… Of course temples are everywhere and we were even invited to join people in the street to celebrate Shiva! Things are still not easy, but it does get better, or maybe I just get used to the locals behavior… The service is terrible everywhere, for anything, people are still horribly pushy and the streets are dirty.

We visited a Bishnoi village while in Jodhpur. Bishnoi means 29 which corresponds to the number of rules people of that sect have to follow. They are vegetarians and are famous for being the first known tree hugers in history. Because they believe one specific tree is sacred, it is forbidden to cut it off. A few centuries ago, an army decided to cut off those trees, a Bishnoi woman said they had to kill her first, which the did, and killed over 300 people that way, until they were asked to stop by the emperor. Today, Bishnois can be seen in towns walking wearing very simple white clothes, no shoes and using a brush to make sure they’re not stepping on insects and wearing a face mask to not swallow them. The people we met were peaceful, nice and shared our values… To top it off, we saw a huge flock of beautiful migrating birds a few moments later. Of course we also had to go to shops along the way as part of the tour, which were supposedly local technique demonstrations, but that day out of the Indian swirl felt so good!

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Sunset view on the fort.

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A bangle maker.

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The Shiva celebration. They saw us looking at them from the end of the street and called us to join them in their dancing, singing and happiness. They even blessed us!

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Women on the side of the street while men are celebrating.

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Wild peacocks fed by Bishnoi people near their temple. 

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The Bishnoi family we met showed us how to make opium tea, and we were offered opium, again.

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In India, kids and even babies wear thick eye liner.

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Silvere trying on the traditional 9 meters turban!

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He could wear it everyday.

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The siberian cranes migrating from Mongolia.

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Short demo of pottery. I will never understand what people like in pottery, that might be the one art I am totally out of.

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Some cute clay Ganesh. 

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That woman was cooking our lunch with her big smile.

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Kids in the area tend to be a real pain as they constantly ask for things and want to be taken in picture as long as your battery lasts. Those asked for chocolate and school pens, a photo, and left, while their mom was pissed off waiting for them. 

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Jodhpur’s fort.

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Some colors for the Holi!

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The well used to collect monsoon water in the old times. The stairs by themselves are a work of art. 

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Jodhpur market.

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Me trying on the saree I bought under the vendor’s nasty look. 

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