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The Famous Blue City of India

Jodhpur the blue city of India
Amit Kumawat

It is located in the heart of Rajasthan, a region rich in culture and traditions, its colors fill the eyes of those who visit it. Jodhpur the blue city, the fort, the palaces, the markets, the fabrics, the smells, and the flavors, does not disappoint those who visit it.

Founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, a leader of the Rajput clan of the Rathore, considered a descendant of Lord Rama, hero of the divine epic Ramayana.

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What you will find in the article 

  • History of the city
  • What to visit in Jodhpur
  • Where to eat and sleep
  • History of the city

The city of Jodhpur

Jodhpur is one of the most exciting tourist attractions in India, Jodhpur was the capital of the Marwar kingdom (land of death) the city was located along an important trade route. Jodhpur developed and became rich from the trade and sales of opium, sandalwood, dates, and copper.

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The main feature of the old city is the intense blue color of the houses, there are several theories as to why this color was used: it is the color of Lord Shiva God Hindu, the brahmins (priests) used it to distinguish their homes. In another theory, it seems that the blue/light blue color was used to ward off insects.

The blue-painted area of the city is centered around the Mehrangarh Fort. Jodhpur is inextricably linked to this palace that dominates it from above. It is by far the main attraction, the fort dates back to the 16th century, and is protected by a 10 km long wall.

Forte Mehrangarh

When you arrive in the city it is the first thing that stands out. It reigns majestically over the city. Run by the Maharaja of Jodhpur, the entrance ticket includes an audio guide. It is very interesting to know its history and that of the city. The fort is in excellent condition and is one of the most beautiful and interesting in all of Rajasthan. The visit focuses on local customs and traditions, the history of the Mehrangarh is full of anecdotes and stories about court life. Not to be missed!

Jaswant Thada

The beautiful memorial in white marble, dedicated to Maharaja Jasmant Singh II and his ancestors. Built at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. A quiet and peaceful place with a splendid view of the fort. You can get there with a 10-minute walk from the fort.

Clock Tower

The clock tower is the landmark of the city, surrounded by the bustling and chaotic Sardar Market, where you can buy fruit and vegetables, sweets, and local handicrafts. A short distance from the tower is the entrance to the old city, quieter than the east of Jodhpur, a series of narrow streets filled with shops, hotels, and restaurants.

Umaid Bahwan Palace

Away from the city center, it is also called Chittar Palace. The name is due to the place of origin of the stone used in its construction. Divided into several parts, museum, hotel, and home where the successors of the maharaja still live.

Toorji ka jhalra

The famous blue city of India, Jodhpur is also known for Toorji ka Jhalra. One of the many Step Wells of Rajasthan is located in the vicinity of the Clock Tower.

Gulab Sagar Talab

The small lake with the fort as its background is located a short distance from the stepped well. To visit at sunset time.

Where to eat and sleep

Don’t miss a dinner on one of Jodhpur’s many restaurant terraces, overlooking Mehrangarh Fort. The Jhankar choti haveli is a nice restaurant located in the old town, to eat for lunch or dinner, even for a tea with biscuits, excellent cuisine with a pleasant atmosphere. It is also possible to stay , spacious, nice and clean rooms, excellent location.

Street Food

Samosa is a popular appetizer from India, in Jodhpur there is one of the best places to enjoy it. The Shahi Samosa located near the Clock Tower is easy to find, there is always a long queue in front of the shop.

Indian sweets and salty snacks

Indian sweets for all tastes, Janta sweet home, in the city there are several pastry shops this is one of the best. One of the shops is at the end of Sai Narak, the same street as Shai Samosa, but on the opposite side.

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