Jodhpur is known as the ‘Blue City’. It is located in the state of Rajasthan in India. It is the second largest city in Rajasthan. Hundreds of houses and buildings are all painted blue in Jodhpur and that is why it is called the ‘Blue City’. I travelled to Jodhpur in 2019.
One can fly to Jodhpur. It has a domestic airport. Usually, one would have to take a connecting flight from New Delhi, India. One can also take the bus or train. Specially, if one’s itinerary includes places in Rajasthan such as Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Jaipur, one can consider taking the bus and visit all these places.
Getting around in Jodhpur-
In the city, there are taxis available but the best way to explore the ‘Blue City’ is by an auto rickshaw or tuk-tuk. They can take one through all the hustle and bustle of the city and through the alleyways. Tuk-tuks are easily available in Jodhpur and the drivers are well informed about all the touristic locations. I visited most of the places by tuk-tuk during the day and even at nighttime. It was very convenient. One need not worry about their stay, there are many affordable hotels in the city.
Jodhpur is a popular destination for tourists and photographers. It is colourful, vibrant, full of people, monuments and wonderful architecture. A giant fort overlooks the entire city. One will come across camels and cows walking on the road. Documenting the blue houses and lanes was a very unique experience.
The gears used were –
Photography – FUJIFILM GFX 50R
Filming – FUJIFILM XH-1
One should forget about using a map and simply get lost in this vibrant city. They should explore the medieval streets with shops selling saris, temple decorations, handicrafts and people playing music. One will find men wearing turbans and people making and selling bangles. There is a lot of activity and vigour in the streets and alleyways of Jodhpur.
The food in Rajasthan is delicious. The Rajasthani thali is one you must experience. It has small serving of several dishes along with rice or bread. It is also interesting to learn about the culture and tradition of Jodhpur while exploring the city.
Why is the city painted blue?
Is it a bit unclear, there is no specific reason, there could be several reasons. Such as, the colour blue helps in keeping the houses cool during summer or because blue is the colour of Lord Shiva.
I had the opportunity to witness some of the buildings getting painted blue while I was in Jodhpur. It was an enriching experience.
Monuments one can visit-
The view from Mehrangarh Fort is spectacular. The fort overlooks the entire city. It is magnificent and of great historical importance. One can take beautiful aerial photographs from the fort during the day and night.
The Jaswant Thada is a cenotaph. It is a monument made of marble. It was dedicated to Maharaja Jaswant Singh II.
The stepwell is a must visit. It is called Toorji Ka Jhalra. It was originally a source of drinking water. The stepwell has many flights of stairs leading to the water below. It is a famous Instagrammable location where many tourists take photographs.
Jodhpur is a place worth visiting. One can spend three to four days in the city. The sunset is beautiful. One should make an effort to watch the sunset from a rooftop or a high viewpoint. Photographing the ‘Blue City’ was mesmerising.
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