Part of the Meherangarh Fort is now given over to a museum with a collection of palanquins (sedan chairs). I’ve never ridden in a sedan chair, although always fancied being borne aloft! These were a real mixed bunch, some ornate, some were works of art, some were open, some enclosed, some looked comfortable, others did not!
It also house a surprisingly interesting collection of daggers and other sharp weaponry. I loved the filigree inlays of these, echoing the jali and the symmetrical patterns found in the buildings.
On down the road a little distance form the fort lies the Jaswant Thanda, a marbled mausoleum of a memorial to a Maharajas (what is it about Indian building that make them seem to resemble multi-tiered wedding cakes!) surrounded by cenotaphs to other royals, formal gardens, with a local water supply capable of attracting what I think were like some sort of cormorant – Ken, identification appreciated if you are around, and NB more birds to come!
The new part of the town was interesting in its own way, clearly Jodhpur folks are quite affluent and don’t want to stay living within the old city and so the equivalent of new housing estates are springing up along with some up market hotels. All very different from where I am in Orissa – worlds apart!.