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  • What's up? I'm Alex. I'm Marko,

  • and you're watching Vagabrothers.

  • And this is the Blue City of Rajasthan India, Jodhpur.

  • Good morning everybody. Welcome back to Jodhpur.

  • We are in the Blue City, also known as the Sun City,

  • and that's pretty easy to see why.

  • It's very hot very early,

  • but we have an awesome day of exploring in front of us, don't we?

  • We just woke up to a beautiful sunrise over the fort which dominates the city,

  • but we're staying here in this beautiful old haveli.

  • This actually used to be home to the accountant of the Maharaja,

  • and so we're going to go walk around the old town.

  • It's a labyrinth of blue -walled houses

  • that kind of creeps up to the edge of the fort, take a slow way to get there

  • and hopefully catch a nice sunset at the fort this afternoon.

  • Let's go

  • Now we're at the gates of the old city right next

  • to the clock tower where the central market is,

  • and Jodhpur has been a trading city for centuries.

  • It's right between Gujarat and Delhi, which was a trade route that exchanged opium,

  • copper, date-palms, and sandalwood as well,

  • which smells great if you've never smelt it.

  • It's a pretty incredible little place

  • There's tons of vendors, tons of stuff to look at and potentially buy.

  • So we're going to go ahead into the market and see if we can find anything fun. Anything good? All good?

  • One of my favorite things about marketplaces anywhere in the world

  • is just watching the vendors kind of set up their stalls

  • and scream out, yell out what they're selling, trying to get customers.

  • But here in India, it takes like a whole new level.

  • It's really awesome to be here early and experience this.

  • It's a very, very unique moment,

  • and it's something that happens here all the time.

  • These guys here making fresh garlands.

  • Garland's are basically like lays that they make for religious ceremonies in the Hindu religion.

  • And it smells really good.

  • And it's kind of that combination of fresh flowers and fruits and spices

  • with dirty water and open sewers that kind of make India

  • have that smell of amazing and disgusting at the same time.

  • Something as simple as taking a walk down the street

  • is a total assault on all of your senses.

  • But it's fascinating and after a while,

  • you just kind of get used to it.

  • Here's to India.

  • See what I mean?

  • So we have found this beautiful little chai wallah

  • in this painted little courtyard off one of these side streets.

  • Like we said earlier,

  • Jodhpur is the Blue City.

  • Lots of the buildings are painted this nice kind of like off- blue.

  • That's to keep the buildings cool,

  • which you can definitely feel in here.

  • Even though it's hot outside,

  • they have this tarp over us and the blue paints,

  • and it just feels nice and chill.

  • You've got to be constantly alert in India because

  • there're people on bikes; there're donkeys; there're camels.

  • There's pretty much everything imaginable coming at you at all time.

  • But it's nice to kind of peel off the main street, have a chai, and

  • start our morning a little bit slower.

  • It's very funny like in most European cities,

  • our first thing is to find a nice coffee shop,

  • and you might use the internet to do that.

  • In India, it's all about finding a chai wallah,

  • And there's no way these guys are listed online.

  • You just have to go and find a cool spot, sit yourself down, and order chai.

  • So one of the things as a traveler here in India that you will notice right off the bat,

  • and you've probably seen a lot in the vlogs already,

  • is the symbol of the swastika.

  • And it's kind of a crazy story because in the West we

  • instantaneously associate the swastika with Nazism,

  • but it's actually a Hindu symbol, and it signifies peace.

  • The Nazis actually took that symbol and inverted it,

  • and it's crazy how

  • a symbol that means peace could be so perverted

  • and switched to mean something so much more dark.

  • But just want to let you guys know that if you see that symbol here in India,

  • it has nothing to do with Nazism,

  • and it's a symbol for peace.

  • It's also interesting that the Nazis used the word Aryan to describe what they found to be the purest

  • form of white race,

  • but in reality the Aryans were an empire that....

  • one of the first major empires here in India..

  • and help laid the foundations of a lot of Hinduism,

  • everything from the caste system

  • to some of the most sacred texts in Hinduism.

  • They all come from the period of the Aryans,

  • about a couple thousand years ago.

  • It turns out that different days of the week are dedicated to different gods.

  • Today is Tuesday. Today's Hahnemann's day.

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, is for Ganesh.

  • It's kind of like in English; we have Sunday and Monday for the sun and the moon.

  • Thursday for Thor.

  • Friday for priests and all these other old ancient Norse gods

  • that still stick around the language.

  • But here in India, they actually practice it.

  • Every day a different god.

  • All right. Well, now we are officially lost back here,

  • but it's so cool, and that's one of the best parts about traveling,

  • especially in this part of the world is like just going into the residential areas and

  • getting lost in the little alleyways, seeing how people live

  • and saying hello to the locals.

  • Last time I was here,

  • I came here during Diwali, the Festival of Lights,

  • and the whole place was illuminated with little candles people put out.

  • I remember walking through at dusk and just seeing this beautiful orange

  • glow illuminating the evening sunset reflection off the walls,

  • and it's just magical.

  • And coming back here is equally nice.

  • So we're just wandering through the old town,

  • basically right along the edge of the fort at the top of the hill,

  • and it's super cool.

  • It's much like a European medieval city with all these really narrow winding streets.

  • But it's really cool to see look into everyone's windows and just see people doing the daily errands.

  • There's one guy over there reading a newspaper peeling potatoes;

  • another guy here ironing clothes,

  • and it's just so cool when you walk through these streets.

  • You just get to look straight into people's windows and get a glimpse into everyday life.

  • I think we've found my favorite Hindu god....

  • It's the god of sex.

  • Don't want to be disrespectful, but it kind of looks like a glory hole.

  • And I'm not really sure what you're supposed to put inside those holes.

  • But it's funny because modern Indian society is relatively conservative with respect to sex.

  • But back in the day the Kama Sutra and such

  • was much more liberated, much more open.

  • So, we'll see.

  • All right so we've ducked in off the streets to some sanctuary.

  • We've popped into Ronnie Male Haveli, and it's a 400 year old building.

  • There's a restaurant and a hotel here.

  • This building is a haveli just like the hotel that we're staying in.

  • I've come to realize that these are probably the best

  • deals for mid-range travelers.

  • For under $50 a night, you're getting a really nice luxury experience.

  • It's not quite a palace which are also available,

  • but these are just beautiful buildings.

  • This one's all red stone

  • and it's a great way to get a comfortable place to stay and also get an insight into history.

  • So it's a pretty simple meal.

  • We're just getting some paneer little almost like cheese fritters.

  • We've got veg pakora, paneer pakora, and we have a little roti style thing called paratha.

  • So we're just kind of having a little bit of snack, getting out of the heat.

  • It's 12:45 right now,

  • so it's probably the hottest it's going to be all day,

  • but it's nice and cool in this little alcove.

  • We're just all feeling a little bit sleepy at the height of the heat during the day.

  • In this place we've got the fans on.

  • We're kind of underground here, so it's nice and cool.

  • And we're just recharging, literally recharging our batteries

  • for our phones and recharging our human batteries.

  • This is basically a reservoir at the top of the mountain.

  • In India they call them a tank,

  • which collects monsoon water for drinking, bathing, and everyday use.

  • What's really cool here in Jodhpur

  • is that all the streets have these little side canals coming off of them

  • and I think all that water comes from here originally.

  • It just kind of goes down the side of the street no matter where you're walking.

  • By the time it gets to the bottom, it's pretty nasty.

  • People definitely dump their trash and their sewage into that.

  • The water has a blue tint, matches the city.

  • We're at the gates of Mehrangarh,

  • and this is the fortress and palace where for 500 years

  • the Maharajahs of Marwar ruled this area,

  • and that name actually means in the Land of Death,

  • and this is called Citadel of the Sun.

  • That's probably related.

  • The Land of Death, the Sun. It is so hot here.

  • Really, I can't put it into words.

  • When you're walking around, you just are constantly getting rid of

  • all the water that you put into your body.

  • So we're going to keep climbing, keep putting more water into our bodies,