Jodhpur, Rajasthan: The Blue City

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The blue city of Jodhpur.

On the morning of our arrival at Jodhpur, we checked into a hotel, showered and had breakfast before setting off to see it. Jodhpur is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Also known as the “Blue City” as most of the houses in the old city are in shades of blue (traditionally, during Rajput times, the Brahmin caste would paint their houses blue to repel the evil spirits, some says that blue color repel insects too). Our journey to Jodhpur is interesting, because of the amazing forts, palaces, temples, havelis, trinket shops, handicrafts and cuisines there. The wonderful thing about it is that the whole city is overshadowed by the Mehrangarh Fort. It sits at the top of a cliff, the highest point for miles, keeping watch over the city. It really is a breathtaking sight. One of those places you really must visit, even though it is rather over-priced for foreign visitors.

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Inside the Mehrangarh fort.

Mehrangarh is the most major landmark of Jodhpur which showcases the living testimony of the military might of  the Rajput Era. This majestic Fort also consists of royal courtyards, grandeur balconies and also houses an exquisite museum. In the museum has the biggest collection of Miniature Paintings.

This young lady asked me to snap a photo of her.

…and these two young lovers too!

And so did the grandpa of this little girl.

Interior of the palace in Mehrangarh fort.

The view of Jodhpur and the Umaid Bhawan palace that we did not visit.

The mighty fort of Mehrangarh

The musicians inside the fort.

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Inside the fort

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Beautiful lattice windows from the ladies’ quarters in the palace.

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Wall art on the walls of the Hill View GH.

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The images I captured in the Sardar Market.

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Just like many other Rajasthani towns, is famous for its traditionally prepared sweets, I especially like the Makhania Lassi!  A recommended place to try these is Shri Mishrilal’s Hotel. We found it tucked under one of the market’s gates (south gate). The lassi place has long tables and benches for seating. We ordered a glass each and fell in love with it that we have to order another one!

Our stay here is short and sweet but we enjoy the time spent here. It’s full of history and beautiful images.

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