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The Blue City and Mehrangarh Fort by Sean Hsu

Discover Jodhpur, India’s stunning blue city

Have you ever dreamed of wandering around an indigo metropolis, drenched in soft pink skies as soon as the sun calls it a day? Some call Jodhpur ‘an exploration

India’s colourful cities

Have you ever dreamed of wandering around an indigo metropolis, drenched in soft pink skies as soon as the sun calls it a day? Some call Jodhpur ‘an exploration to the senses’, others would say it’s an intriguing maze of azure alleyways. One thing is for sure: this humming city in the Indian state Rajasthan is full of colours, exciting architecture and ancient traditions.

Alleyways and architecture

In Jodhpur’s lanes, rickshaw drivers and bikes rush to their next destination, accompanied by flocks of pigeons. Tiny courtyards breathe a more peaceful air, a blue serenity that’s rarely found on the main streets of Jodhpur. Here’s where chai vendors sell their milky delights and shoe polishers carefully brush leathery footgear. Certain houses in Jodhpur’s used to be decorated with indigo paste because priests of the Brahmin caste lived there. These days many more buildings are covered in blue, providing cooler air while dispersing the afternoon glow that makes every living creature simmer away in ‘Sun City’.

Traditional blue windows and wall in Blue City Jodhpur
Traditional blue windows and wall in Blue City Jodhpur

Interior of Mehrangarh Fort by Don Mammoser
Interior of Mehrangarh Fort by Don Mammoser

During a private tour through Jodhpur, one gets to see the lively pathways and serene yards, but also spectacular pieces of architecture. One specific sight that’s hard to miss is the majestically Mehrangarh Fort. Overlooking the entire blue oasis at its feet, this 17th-century stronghold is the icon of this ancient city. Brave souls can choose to see the fortress and its surrounding from above. An adrenaline pumping network of zip lines connects several towers and walls of the ancient fortification, providing a birds-eye view of Jodhpur.

Old man smoking water pipe by Mark52
Old man smoking water pipe by Mark52

Umaid Bhawan Palace is today a large luxury hotel by Stefano Barzellotti
Umaid Bhawan Palace is today a large luxury hotel by Stefano Barzellotti

Flying through the air or with both feet on the ground; the guide will provide all information concerning the halls, staircases and rooms and their former inhabitants. In this jewel in Jodhpur’s crown, you’ll follow in the footsteps of mighty rulers and medieval princesses. Seven of the maharajas built their own entrance gate, giving the visitor a choice of where to enter the magnificent fortress. Black kites circulating high in the sky have replaced the traditional royal guards, keeping an eye on Mehrangarh Fort.

Celebrate the Makar Sankranti festival

During Makar Sankranti, the amount of kites in the blazing atmosphere is drastically multiplied. But rather than the birds of prey, this festival revolves around plastic or paper playthings on an invisible string for three days in a row. Makar Sankranti is celebrated ever… To read the full article, subscribe to our magazine now by clicking here. 

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© This article was first published in Dec-Jan 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.
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