Our train was the Rathamabore Express. I booked it online but this time we had 3 Tier seating . I wasn’t sure what this meant and it turned out to mean we had 3 other people in our section plus two children travelling free on their parents ticket .The train was in much better condition than the previous one but it was a grueling trip , 8 hours long. The seats are straight and with such a crowded car, the air was stuffy and not much leg room.
On the positive side the train arrived on time .
Jodhpur -The Blue City
We arrived at 10:15 PM , pretty beat after our 8 hour trip . The porters were great dragging our bags upstairs to the entrance for 100RPS. For the second time in India our prearranged driver wasn’t waiting. This time we had RPS so it was no problem . We caught a cab and after a bit of negotiating for 300 RPS , we were off to our hotel . He tried the whole way to sell us a full day tour for 1500 RPS and he almost had us until the Hotel manager came out and told us he was gouging us . So with a smile and a wave he was off , looking for the next dummy.
The Koti Heritage Hotel
This turns out to be even better than expected and our nicest stay in India. The hotel is a 120 year old grand family home. The owner is the great grandson of the original owner a Maharjah and gives us the tour showing us various pictures of family members . We’re treated so well here. Our room is beautiful with high ceilings and original cream coloured walls. Beautiful lights and bobbles hang high above. The dinner was plentiful and sometimes served outside in the courtyard