Heimweh is the German word for homesickness. If you have been around this blog for some time you would know that I have a strong impulse to travel. So while I relate to that feeling of itchy feet or daydreaming of the next adventure, I have also observed a feeling of homesickness creep in between. This desire to come back home is stronger for those living far away from family. Technology has surely made keeping social connections easy, nevertheless, it cannot substitute that feeling of being physically there. The feeling of nostalgia creeps in when you come back after a long gap. In my case, it has been two years since I last came to Jodhpur.
This time around I revisited the old city of Jodhpur which has easily become my favorite habitat. On my last two trips to Jodhpur, I was enthralled by the beauty of Raas hotel. Over the years, the walled city of Jodhpur especially the area around Raas has undergone a major restoration and the results are remarkable. The narrow lanes are still abuzz with the chaos of everyday life and commerce. But one would notice that the streets are cleaner, the once-crumbling buildings are being restored into sustainable shops housing the likes of Forest Essentials, Good Earth, and Nicobar. The most noticeable restoration is that of Tunwarji ka Jhalra, a step well inside the city. Long overlooked and filled with stagnant water and filth, the step well is getting a much-deserved makeover. Overall the old city of Jodhpur is sprawling and I am excited to see what all it has to offer in the future. Here is a peek into the gorgeous blue-hued walls of my city of Jodhpur.
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