“The Pink City”, “The first planned city in India”
14th to 16th of January, 2012
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Although just one full day in the city due to arrival in the night of the 14th and flying back to London on the 16th, it was worth every hour. Make sure you plan definitely much more than just one day. Two days are still tight, hence three full days would be ideal.
From Jodhpur, the only choice is the train to get here. Make sure you book it in advance, and even we had a 1st class reservation, I can guarantee you are good on a 2nd class. Furthermore, since our experience was not the best in this train (small cockroach kept appearing, and the air con was too strong), the conductor offered us on the adjacent coach which was 3rd class, and was the same comfort.
Around one hour after departure, the train makes its way through the Thar desert. Desolated landscapes is what will follow the rest of the trip until sunset. Few hours after we departed Jodhpur, the sheets and pillow were offered (1st and 2nd classes only). And by sunset, the mountains were crossed and then the largest salt lake in India was crossed in full, Sambhar Lake. (more…)