Postcard from... Jodhpur

“Shall I tell you the best thing about Jodhpur? It's not the old walled city and its picturesque markets and blissfully defecating cows. It's not even the Fort of the Maharajas, with its huge pink barrels of stone soaring above the acropolis. It's the zip wire.”

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