Early in October I traveled to Jodhpur (in Rajasthan state) for a couple of days to take in the RIFF - the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, a yearly five-day long music festival that brings together Rajasthan's storied folk musicians with musicians from around India and the world. This is an excellent take on the usual folk musician fare, which is usually pretty great as it is, but when "fused" with musicians from other places creates some pretty interesting collaborations and synergies. The day (or rather night) I was at the festival a group called Dharohar, which is comprised of Rajasthani folk musicians and a couple of musicians from the UK (this year a beat boxer and a guitarist), played an awesome set!
RIFF performances take place in Jodhpur's Mehrangarh fort, an imposing setting both during the night as well as day, so I spent a day exploring the fort. All the images are below.
In the interest of full disclosure: My sister tangentially works with the organizers of the festival, which is how I came to know about it, and I was basically accompanying her to take in some of the events!
Dharohar performing in a palace courtyard of Mehrangarh Fort
The fort, which has its origins in the 15th c., sits on top of a hill - which is more like a rocky outcrop. Many of the fort/palace structures would have been built in later centuries.
Mehrangarh fort with Jodhpur city spread out below
The fort's high ramparts
Jai pol, the first of many gates on the way up to the fort
The winding path up to the fort
Views of Jodhpur
Path leading down to Fateh Pol
Courtyard and rooms on the way from/to Fateh Pol
The final gateway before the palace buildings
Palace buildings and courtyards
Musicians and dancers (through the two arched doorways) in the palace courtyards
Colored glass panel in a palace room
... and in the middle of all the typical Rajasthani palatial architecture, an art deco staircase!
More hints of art deco in the palace buildings
Chamunda Devi temple
Views of the city, from the palace and the road up to the palace. The first three images are panoramas that you can click on to enlarge. Click here to go to the flickr set that has the panoramas, and clicking on any of the other images will also take you to the same flickr set.
Jodhpur at night. I took these photos on the night I was at the festival. The last one is a bit shaky but I like it anyway!