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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Passport to Pushkar

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We spend 3 nights in Pushkar and we really enjoyed the laid-back athmosphere here. Some visitors spend months here at a time and I can see why.

Pushkar is about two things, the mysterious religious energy surrounding the place and the hustle and bustle of the camel fair. It has got something for everyone, Hindus who swarm the ghats on a pilgrimage, the hippie backpackers who throng this place looking for answers to questions unanswered…

There is one ritual everybody going to Pushkar has to go through. The “Pushkar Passport”. Whenever you go near the ghats or by the temples, someone – who claims to be a priest or a Brahmin, will come greet you and hand you over a flower. He will then ask you to come down to the lake and offer a prayer to the gods for the well-being of your friends and family. Most people do it, some don’t. They get a bit pushy when people dont want to do the puja. That put us off a bit, it is definitely another money making scam exploiting people’s beliefs. So, we avoided these “priests” like a plague and didn’t do any offerings although we were drawn into the religious atomosphere of this place more than anywhere else in recent memory.

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