This blue city was the major reason for shortlisting Rajasthan among other places for my solo trip. Every time I got a glimpse of this place either through movies or wallpapers, it tempted me enough to visit the place for real.
My bus from Udaipur had arrived at Jodhpur earlier than the expected time. When I got down from the bus, it was wee hours of the morning, the cold was biting, and the wind blew mercilessly on my face. All I could see was a dark lane ahead and a faint light from the street lamp at the end of the road. There was no sign of human race anywhere in the close proximity. With no clue as on how to proceed further, I called up the hotel guys to see if they could arrange a taxi or a rick, but to my dismay no one picked the call. The panic alarm started ringing in my heart. Slowly building up the courage, I started walking down the lane. After walking a few meters I found a rick that could take me to the hotel.
The auto rickshaw was speeding towards the old city of Jodhpur. The rick entered a narrow, dark and dirty lane and by now I was in a petrified jinx as I prayed to all God’s possible to get me out this situation safe. Finally I reached the hotel, only to see that the door was shut. I don’t remember cursing myself so much before. Of all the places, I chose to stay in this boutique haveli and now I had no other place to go and no means to reach! I started knocking the door, no response, then the knocking became banging, still no response, I could feel the shivers down the spine as I kept banging the door, after 20 minutes of sitting cringed out in dense fog, finally I saw the lights turn on and an old man came out the house to greet me in. The haveli is 100 years old and goes by the name of “Blue house”. It is run by Manish and his family. The interior is beautiful as it brings out the true essence of Rajasthani architecture. The family was very caring and helpful. My only suggestion for people planning to stay in havelis would be: reach the city after sunrise, that way both parties can be at peace, the owners can get sufficient sleep and we, visitors don’t have to get stranded in the road.