Journey through India – Day 23 Jodhpur – The Blue City

 

Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, India, featuring many palaces, forts and temples. It is popularly known as Blue city.

Why is Jodhpur known as the “Blue City” – it seems that there are many answers to this: one is that the blue colour will keep the houses cooler all year round. Another is it deters termites. Some even say that it is related to the Brahmin caste.

However whatever the reason, looking out over the flat roofs of Jodhpur from the Meherangarh Fort, you will realise that the term “blue city” is indeed apt, whatever the true reason behind the prevalence of that colour. They certainly make for great photography.

Jodhpur also successfully managed to keep alive its culture and its clearly visible in day to day life. The city is also renowned for its textiles and furniture shops.

As we wandered through the streets, we stopped to talk to the locals.

We then took a tuk tuk ride to the old city. Our driver came with us and showed us around.

Where to start – we just wandered around in awe of this unique place.

Look up, zoom in on that colour and be on the lookout for those small details.

There were countless doors. Some were very colourful.

Then of course there were the windows.

One suggestion for photography would be to hire a guide who would organise local women to pose in front of the blue buildings. We were lucky to get a few ourselves.

Having “props” against buildings also make for good photos.

There is a beautiful white building near the fort – built by Maharaja Sardar Singh in 1899 in memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II (the 33rd ruler of Jodhpur), Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph situated right by the approach road to Mehrangarh Fort.

However our guide told us there was nothing much there and we did a quick drive-by before moving on. I found out when I returned home that it was indeed a beautiful place to visit. Lesson to learn – do your research before your holiday and if you wish to visit a place, stress to your guide your intention to visit certain places.

We spent two nights in Jodhpur staying in the old city in a Haveli guest house. While it was a little tired, the views to the fort (especially at night) and proximity to the old city was ideal.

We could have spent much longer in Jodphur. Loved that city. Totally recommend a visit.

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