Jodhpur Riff 2016

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13th Oct 2016
Day 1

Driving through this road at the onset of winters, the chilly breeze refreshes your soul

Photo of Jaipur-Ajmer Expressway, Heerapura, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

After spending a week at my cousin's wedding in Dehradun Valley, that was getting chillier day by day, I had to dash for Delhi on 12th October, as my friends threatened to leave me and go on this trip all by themselves. I got off the Rajasthan Roadways bus at Dhaula Kuan Metro Station around 11 PM and they picked me up at 11.30 and the Trip to Riff started.

Our first stop was at Anasagar Lake in Ajmer. The lake covers a major chunk of Ajmer's geography and lies almost at its center. The early morning air made the atmosphere cool and relaxing. We also came across a flock of ducks who did not take kindly to the appearance of unknown faces and quacked us off.

Photo of Anasagar Lake, Ajmer, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

After Anasagar lake, we headed for Pushkar which is only 15 kms away from Ajmer. We stopped between the massive Aravali Hills, the oldest mountain range in India, and took in the breathtaking view of the cities of Ajmer and Pushkar, on either side of the Aravali Hills. The free flowing air whooshes your face.

Photo of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

Now, it was time for breakfast and after consulting numerous local people and browsing on net about the best places for eating in Pushkar, I settled for the one with the best view. Laura's Cafe is on the main market road but be sure that you don't miss it because thee a a lot of advertisement boards and hoardings of various hotels and cafes. The rooftop cafe has the best view of the city of Pushkar and the Pushkar Lake. This place also serves some delicious crepes.

Photo of Laura's Café, Main Market Road, Choti Basti, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

After Breakfast, we headed via Merta instead of the National Highway that takes through Beawar because who would want to miss the best Kachori in the whole world. I come from a place called Pipar that lies off the National Highway and this place offers some of the best sweet dishes and other Rajasthani food items, all pure and unadulterated. I forced my friends to abandon the map and they also relented once they heard they would be eating the best Kachori in the world, so we headed to Pipar which is 128 kms from Pushkar.

Photo of Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

Though the off-roading to Pipar wan't a success as that Kachori shop was closed that day! Now, as much as I was happy to be at the place where I have a home, we decided to head for Jodhpur and have the 2nd best Kachori in the world at Janta Sweet Home (ask anyone in Jodhpur, everyone knows where it is).

Photo of Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

At night of day 1, after checking into the hotel, we went to the Clock Tower or Ghantaghar for the opening ceremony of Jodhpur Riff 2016. Its an international folk festival where artists from different countries come together to create some of the best fusion music. The major focus remains on the musical groups from Rajasthan and celebrating the history and diversity of Rajasthani folk music. His Highness Gaj Singh II, the Maharaja of Jodhpur is the chief patron of this festival and Sir Mick Jagger, the lead singer of Rolling Stones is the international patron.

After a hectic day 1, it was time to start off day 2 with a wholesome Rajasthani meal. We had one of the best brunches in the local Vaishno Dhaba at the Paota Main Road. The Chaach offered here is probably the best chaach you'll ever drink. The day we left for Delhi, we asked the owner to give us 5 litres of Chaach (we were carrying an ice box), but wwe finsihed it all before we reached Delhi!

Day 2
Photo of Paota, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

The main events started from Day 2 when artists from England, Madagascar and Australia enthralled the audiences with their performances. The moon was shining the brightest and the mighty Mehrangarh Fort, standing the tallest above all in Jodhpur, made us all feel like royals.

Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

There was a break between the proceedings and the next performance was scheduled at dawn with Rajasthani folk singers. We decided to make the most of the break and again headed for the unknown. First, we went to the Railway Station area to get some street food and then took the Jaipur Highway. Just outside Jodhpur, there's a place on Highway called Dangiyawas and the place offers the best 'mawa' in Rajasthan along with homemade namkeen, potato chips and hot tea on a plate (ek garam chai ki pyali, literally!). And then it was time for a photo session.

Photo of Dangiyawas, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

Mandatory Photo Bomb

Photo of Dangiyawas, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

Away from the noise and pollution of the city, gazing the stars in the darkness in the middle of nowhere

Photo of Dangiyawas, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

Caught a deer on camera, Now I have an experience in wildlife photography too!

Photo of Dangiyawas, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Day 3
Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

After the photo shoots, we came to Jaswant Thada, a few meters away from the Mehrangarh Fort, where the next performance was scheduled. The performance was symbolic in the way that it welcomed the light after darkness. There was an endless supply of mattress, cushions and chai to make the experience comfortable. It was truly mesmerizing listening to the folk songs and welcoming the new day.

Photo of Jodhpur Riff 2016 by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Jodhpur Riff 2016 by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Jodhpur Riff 2016 by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

One of the best views of Mehrangarh Fort

Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

The blue city and the sun city!

Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Jaswant Thada, Lawaran, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Rao Jodha Desert Rock Park, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

View from the top

Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

The famous Chamunda Mata Temple

Photo of Maa Chamunda Temple, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

The heavens shining on the mighty Mehrangarh

Photo of Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

On the afternoon of day 3, we decided to explore Osiyan, a small town almost an hour's drive away from Jodhpur which is very famous for its 8th century buildings, temples and is often referred as 'the Khajurao of Rajasthan'. The drive to Osiyan is a beautiful experience and we see some of the largest windmills installed on the top of millions of years old Aravali Hills.

Because humans are too boring to talk to

Photo of Osiyan, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Osiyan, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

After attending the closing ceremony of Jodhpur Riff by DJ Dolphin, few Artists from Australia and Rajasthan, we headed back for Delhi but making sure to make a night stop at Pushkar. This town is truly enchanting and I intend to come back here and do my favorite two things- read and write. The place is quite and serene and has some of the best cafes. We had dinner at Cafe Nirvana, a place where Indians and foreigners mingle and where you can see writers and thinkers discussing things at length and a few people stay here throughout the day. The Owner 'Max' is also an eccentric fella.

Day 4
Photo of Nirvana Cafe, Main Market Road, Badi Basti, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
Photo of Nirvana Cafe, Main Market Road, Badi Basti, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma

If you like it, you can paint your murals, thoughts and drawings with neon paint.

Photo of Nirvana Cafe, Main Market Road, Badi Basti, Pushkar, Rajasthan, India by Aashish Sharma
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