Fall in love with the Blue City! Assail your senses with the scents of incense and roses as well as the spectacular sight of a city of blue. Jodhpur will captivate you as you embark on a journey that was first undertaken by the Brahmins. Beneath the shadows of the mighty Mehrangarh, the intertwined roads, bustling bazaars and glittering city make for the destination where excitement is guaranteed.
While negotiating deals, dodging speeding bicycles and discovering wonderful destinations in the maze of the city might not seem like the most charming vacation, Jodhpur is a surprisingly perfect holiday destination!
How Jodhpur became the Blue City
The city of Jodhpur was founded in 1459 by the chief of the Rathore Clan, Rao Jodha. Legend has it that in order for construction of the Mehrangarh Fort to begin the chief had to remove a rather disgruntled hermit from the cave he called home. Once Rao Jodha succeeded in driving the hermit away the fort was built to reach an almighty 400 feet above the landscape. The fort is also rumoured to have had a man buried alive in its foundation.
The Brahmins are a group of Indians which have a priestly status. It is believed that the Brahmins brought about the tradition of the blue homes as a way to signify their own status in society and wealth. This trend then spread throughout the population and now almost all the houses in Jodhpur are painted blue or adorned with blue tiles. With the sea of blue houses set against the backdrop of the desert it is clear how the name Blue City came about.
Tourist attractions in Jodhpur
The most well-known tourist attraction can be seen as you enter Jodhpur. The muscular beauty of the mighty Mehrangarh Fort stands tall and stands guard above the blue city below. There are also a number of palaces in the city which showcase architectural beauty at its best! The Pearl Palace, Moti Mahal and the Hall of Mirrors, Sheesha Mahal are also popular attractions and see thousands of mesmerised visitors each year.
The Clock Tower, also known as Ghanta Gar and the Sadar Market below are also considered must-see attractions, so make sure you plan a shopping trip to remember in the heart of Jodhpur. The craft industry is truly something to behold, so if you are looking for the perfect keepsake or souvenir you are in for a treat! If you are intrigued by history then this is undeniably the city for you! Visit the mausoleums, museums and palaces and get lost in a city that is alive with wonder.
If you want to soak up the beauty of the desert backdrop or the lakes nearby, then visit Kaylana Lake as well as the breath taking palace which overlooks Balsamand Lake. Enjoy nature, culture and history in Jodhpur!
Accomodation in Jodhpur
While the blue houses and buildings were initially built as a part of tradition, it was soon realised that the colour blue had a variety of other advantages. Not only does the colour keep the buildings cool, but it is also said to ward off the insects of the city. This tradition and usefulness has been utilised in most of the hotels and guest houses in Jodhpur, so you can rest assured that the accommodation you choose will keep you cool and comfortable for the duration of your stay. The city has been attracting a variety of tourists throughout the years, so the hospitality industry has established a variety of accommodation options. Whether you want an exclusive hotel or you simply want cosy comfort, there is bound to be a place to round off the perfect stay in Jodhpur.