Yes – I opened Door No 1 and jumped on a plane to Jodhpur.
When folks think India, they have images of heat, dust, noise, colourful clothing, the shopping, palaces and forts. Jodhpur has that in spades!
Lucky me – my excuse for going to Jodhpur was to join my partner who is part of a film shooting there.
My first day, another member of the cast wanted to head out shopping. She had already sussed out a place that purports to do mostly bulk export trade with some local retail.
Now… I will admit… I’m not much of a shopper. Get me in and out quickly with whatever is needed and I’m a happy gal. Especially malls – shudder!
However there is something engaging about the more traditional trading banter… it was good fun joking, bargaining, swapping stories with the folks at this place.
Here goes a few photos from our shopping escapades…
Happy shop owner with all sorts of gorgeous shawl… even happier as about to be paid!
Anyone spot the incongruous machinery amidst the bric-a-brac?
Elephant shelves anyone?
Once upon a time these were part of elaborate kurtas… This piece belongs in a museum!
Piles and piles of tapestries, wall hangings, bed covers, shawls and more…
Wish I had taken a close-up… the work was remarkable
Not exactly modern day spinning classes…
Look round and round, wall hangings, tapestries, vests, fusion covers… oh my!
For once, it was fun to be a tourist in a land where I long since stopped being a regular tourist decades ago.