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The Blue City Of Jodhpur | A Mélange Of Colors
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The Blue City Of Jodhpur | A Mélange Of Colors

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Updated: 13 November 2015
Jodhpur – it’s hard to articulate why the Blue City is just so seductive. Is it the people, the alleys, the bustling markets, or the historical monuments? We think it’s a combination of all these elements that makes Jodhpur one of prettiest cities in India. It’s not just a city; it’s an experience. A mélange of color that enthralls, mystifies, and seduces all at once. Come with us on a virtual tour of this incredible city.
The characteristic blue houses of Jodhpur
The characteristic blue houses of Jodhpur

What better way to start than a saunter in timeless alleys lined with Jodhpur’s characteristic blue houses?

The bustling and vibrant markets of Jodhpur
The bustling and vibrant markets of Jodhpur

The bustling Sardar Market is an assault to the senses like no other – there is an explosion of color around every corner. Here a bangle seller displays his wares for ladies with the iconic clock tower in the background.

The hallways of the old city
The hallways of the old city

Alleyways as old as time itself welcome curious visitors to the ancient city of Jodhpur.

Street food galore
Street food galore

Jodhpur is a foodie’s haven. Street vendors will lure you with delicious grub as you walk through the market. Grab yourself a chai and enjoy these crunchy delicacies as you make your way through narrow alleys lined with colorful houses.

Spellbinding view of the Blue city from Mehrangarh Fort
Spellbinding view of the Blue city from Mehrangarh Fort
Intricately carved walls of Mehrangarh Fort
Intricately carved walls of Mehrangarh Fort

No visit to Jodhpur is complete without a visit to the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. Perched handsomely atop a hill, the fort offers some of the most spellbinding views across the Blue City. It’s easy to spend the entire day marveling at its intricately carved walls and reliving history.

Master puppet maker on the streets of Jodhpur
Master puppet maker on the streets of Jodhpur

Just as the houses and the history of Jodhpur, the people here believe in color, too. One can spot men and women adorning colorful garments and bedecked in rustic jewelery. Seen here is an expert puppet maker who has been doing this job for the last four decades.

Jaswant Thada
Jaswant Thada

On the way to Mehrangarh Fort, a short detour takes you to Jaswant Thada, a cenotaph built in memory of Maharaja Jaswant Singh II. The best time to visit this gorgeous building is at sunset, when the soft rays of the sun lend a warm glow to the white marble.

Magical view of Mehrangarh fort from one of the roof-top cafés
Magical view of Mehrangarh fort from one of the roof-top cafés

What’s better than the view of the Blue City from the Mehrangarh Fort viewpoint? A view of the Mehrangarh Fort towering over the blue houses. No matter where you go in Jodhpur, chances are you will catch a glimpse of the Fort looming over the city. Have a cup of masala chai on one of the many roof top cafés and watch the sun set over the Fort. The magic begins once the fort’s lights come on.

Off-roading in Jodhpur – a unique experience
Off-roading in Jodhpur – a unique experience

Many people who visit Jodhpur don’t venture out into the countryside and as a result miss out on a whole new experience. Organizations such as Overlander India organize off-roading trips into the heart of the wilderness where visitors can meet Bishnoi villagers, have a meal with the locals, spot wildlife unique to this part of the country, and spend some time interacting with kids. It’s a perfect day out in the desert, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The majestic black buck
The majestic black buck

Spot the ever elusive black buck? That split second when it stares into your camera and shows off its majestic horns – priceless!

A delicious home-cooked food at a local’s house deep in the countryside
A delicious home-cooked food at a local’s house deep in the countryside

A discussion about the way the Bishnois sustain themselves and how they worship nature over a home-cooked meal at a villager’s house deep in the desert.

Watching these cute kids learn and enjoy was a humbling experience
Watching these cute kids learn and enjoy was a humbling experience

After a languorous meal and a substantial dose of affection from the villagers, take a walk to the primary school in the village where adorable kids can be seen interacting with each other and flaunting toothy grins. Spend some time with the kids, sit through one of their lessons, and enjoy the cute little tales they tell you.

Delectable fusion food at ITC WelcomHotel Jodhpur
Delectable fusion food at ITC WelcomHotel Jodhpur

End the day out at the desert with a perfectly cooked fusion meal at ITC WelcomHotel Jodhpur, which is nestled deep in the desert, away from the commotion of the city of Jodhpur. In winters, sit outside with a hot beverage and enjoy the chill while listening to folk singers dole out some local tunes.

A spectacular view of Mehrangarh Fort at sunset
A spectacular view of Mehrangarh Fort at sunset

Be it a short weekend break or a week-long trip, there is tons to do in Jodhpur. It’s a perfect getaway to savor all that Rajasthan has to offer.

By Savi and Vid

Savi and Vid are avid travelers who are on a world tour which has no end date. They love exploring offbeat destinations and blog about their adventures on Bruised Passports. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for a daily dose of color, adventure, and madness.